Nick Vyner

Retrospective: Nick Vyner on learning self-sufficiency in isolation

This article is one in a series, we asked artists to reflect on their life and career in 2020 and share what they were able to accomplish during this incredibly challenging year. Read on to find out what each artist had to say.

Houston-born artist Nick Vyner felt music was a calling at an early age. Originally trained as a classical musician Vyner widened his musical interests early on but one genre that really stood out to him was pop, which – in short – inspired his current musical career.

Vyner recently released his latest single and music video “Mood Swing” via Solo Brightest – Flighthouse’s brand-new joint venture with 10K Projects. The track was co-produced by Stevie Wonder’s drummer Stanley Randolph and mixed by Alex Tumay (Kanye West, Childish Gambino). In many ways, this track is Nick Vyner’s start to a promising musical career.

Quip: How has 2020 been for you?

Nick Vyner: Personally, I’ve been fine. I’ve been super lucky this year in that I have not yet gotten the coronavirus and am able to work from home. But almost everything that happened to the planet this year was fucking awful and it hurt to watch and hopefully 2021 is a step in the right direction.

Q: Have you learned anything about yourself, your fans, or the industry?

NV: This has definitely been an intense period of introspection for me as I’m sure it has been for most people who were stuck at home for long stretches of time. I’ve tried to apply most of that thinking into songs, so I don’t know if I’m ready to share all my personal discoveries yet. I spent a lot of time thinking about behavior.

Q: What have you been missing most?

NV: Packed shows and sharing things with people and impromptu events of literally any kind.

Q: What new music have you made?

NV: Nothing that you’ve heard yet, but some stuff that I’m really excited about. We’ll see how much of it makes it out into the world.

 Q: If you have where was it made & did you collaborate with anyone?

NV: I’ve been working on lots of music by myself and doing an occasional virtual session. Isolation has meant really trying to figure out production so that I am decently self-sufficient when I only have myself to work with.

Q: Do you have any live streams to share? 

NV: Nothing coming up as of right now, but you can watch a 20 minute set of mine over at We Found New Music‘s YouTube page. We did a live stream back in September that was a lot of fun.

Q: Anything you’d like to share with your fans?

NV: Find ways to support indie artists that you like and buy local everything if you have the ability to!!!!

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Photo Credit: Joseph Morrison