Listen to the music of Nico Stai; whose music has helped thousands of fans fight their own personal demons. Read on for more about how art can be medicine and further honesty from this believer in “keeping it real.”
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Current Residence: Silverlake, California
Occupation: Love and things that get you killed
Areas of Focus: I’m out of focus
How would you describe your music?
For people who secretly wish they were rock stars, what is it like to perform in front of people?
Well, I’m far from that having title! As far as performing in front of people goes, it’s really quite unlike anything else; especially when it gets to where they know the songs already. It’s a rush, and you develop a taste for it quickly; and then you find yourself looking around for it when it’s gone.
Your life was marred with struggles of drug abuse and alcohol addiction, how has your past shaped your music? Did music become your salvation?
The music was always there– before, during and after. It probably has shaped it quite a lot, but really just to the same extent as any other experiences that I have been through. I don’t really pick subjects or plan songs out, songs come about. Whatever they are, whatever tale wants to be told, I tell it. That’s the beginning, the middle, and the end of it.
Salvation is a hefty word … I’d say music was the one thing I wanted to do, felt a duty to continue to do and to get out to people. I knew I couldn’t do pretty much anything at all anymore if I didn’t clean up. So it was definitely the main reason, I’d say.
Many fans have been touched and moved by your music, quoting one fan “that song really helped me. Thank you.” What is it about your songs that provide this healing aspect?
I’m not sure, but it is something that I get a lot, people writing long letters of gratitude and many times they send it to me via private email, rather than posting on Facebook, etc, and they tell their personal experiences. I think art works because it has worked for the one who created it. The true original purpose of anything creative and expressive, I would say, is almost always “medicinal”, in the sense that it is done to cure your own woes. Now if your medicine works well on you, chances are it will work on others too. That’s why, the more indifferent you are at the time of writing towards anything other than how it makes you feel, the better the result. Most of the things that we hear, view, or read, which don’t affect us in any way, don’t because they’re just not honest. It was done to try and have an effect on us rather than to have an effect on the self that made it, and so it went to shit.
My songs are really written for me; that’s why I think they resonate with people. If I were to write songs that resonated with people, they would never resonate with anyone. Trust me, I’ve done it. Sometimes you don’t even realize you’re doing it, but we all fall into that trap– when you’re making something and you’re thinking “Should do this or be more like what they’re going to like?” If those thoughts come up, stop dead in your tracks mate because they’re the wrong tracks.
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