Lio Nicol


Interview by: Gabriel Dufour

What can audiences expect from your new EP?

Well, there are 4 great tracks on it. Two of the tracks are about happy love stuff, one is a rock ballad about someone deciding they are ready to let go, and then there is “Blame” which is about a break up. The music is fun and easy to sing along to so I think people will really enjoy what they hear!

How would you describe your music to a new audience?

I would definitely say its pop music with flavors of soul and rock.

Who are some of your musical inspirations/role models?

Artists like Amy Grant, Shania Twain, Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding…etc are all talented and powerful women that seem to stay true to them selves and set a good example. I think that’s inspiring and I would love to work with them. I am also a raging fan of Diane Warren. I would say she is my biggest inspiration because of all the amazing music she has written. She is clearly an artist!

As an artist, what defines you from the rest of your competition?

That’s a hard question to answer! I am just myself and I don’t think too much about why I might stand out or not….maybe it’s all this hair on my head and the high notes I hit haha, but in all honesty I think when you show up on stage and in life as your true self then people connect with that.

What is the underlying theme for this new EP? What inspired you to revolve your album around this theme?

My NEXT album has a theme for sure, but this one was a little mix of all the different things I love and ways I like to sing. So I suppose there is a bit of an experimental theme in there.

What inspires you to produce music?

The things that inspire me most are going out and listening to live music, being alone, and relationships of course. But being alone is huge for me because I just sit there and think and focus on what’s going on inside my brains and then dissect it.

When did you develop a passion for music, and what made you decide to pursue it? 

I’ve always loved music whole-heartedly from a very young age. I would dance and sing in my room every day after school or before my various sports practices and would be writing poetry in class. That being said it wasn’t till I was almost 20 that I decided this was the life I wanted to chose and my final decision to pursue music was made after I flew down to San Diego to work with a couple song writers for a week and I realized this was the piece of me I’d always been looking for. I know that sounds cheesy but that’s really how I felt.

For those who haven’t heard of you before, what would you like them to know?

Hmmmm…I guess I would like them to know that I once ate a 24oz of steak in one sitting plus an entire plate of spaghetti! But actually, I’d like everyone to know I am so grateful and appreciative of the support. Creating art for a living is always a gamble and the positive vibes and support mean more than people know.

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