Scott Nicks Discusses Writing & Recording a Song in Less Than 24 Hours

A lot happening in the musical life of Scott Nicks as 2013 draws to a close.  The Halifax based singer recently recorded a song in less than 24-hours, has a couple of shows lined up (in Halifax and Truro) and is getting set to release a new album.

Nicks’ sound has evolved since the release of his debut album, A Song For Tuesday Blues, in 2008.  That album, and 2010’s Slowly, featured an indie-folk sound.  Both are very good albums (and available for “pay what you can” at Nicks’ bandcamp page).  If you are a fan of Daniel Ledwell’s Two Over Seven, you will want to give Slowly a listen (especially the song “Men On Motorcycles”).

Early in 2013, Nicks released the single “She Will Come To You, She Will Come To You“, revealing a psychedelic pop sound – a late 1960’s sound that works quite well for Nicks.

Now Nicks has a new song to share (also pay what you can).  The song “My World As Something New (State of Mind)”  is Nicks best so far.  Continuing in the psychedelic pop vein, “My World As Something New” is reminiscent of a 1960’s summer pop song.  It is light, happy and immediately makes you want to sing along. 

The song is all the more impressive when you consider that it was conceived, written and recorded in less than 24 hours.  Nicks says it took “from 3:00 pm to 5:00 am the next day” to complete the song.  “I recorded it all myself in my apartment” says Nicks, “wrote it and recorded it all straight through the night.”

Doing it all himself, Nicks built the song from the ground up. “I had the chorus melody idea in my head as I was doing it, but no verse melody”, says Nicks, adding “I did it all plus bass. It was all done through four track live into my old pc to get the tape sound.” 

Here is the result.  Give a listen and share it with someone who loves happy sunshine pop.

Upcoming Halifax Show

 Nicks has an upcoming show in Halifax on December 13th at Gus’ Pub with Chief Thundercloud & Friends, Pioneer Video and (a Halifax Musicphile favourite) Repartee from Newfoundland. 

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