In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our featured artist Nick Hakim creates music that is otherworldly to me. I came across his music and I had that moment where I had to know who the singer was. Nick Hakim born in Washington D.C. and now based here in Brooklyn, NY has been making the type of music you can listen to all day. His music is a mix of soul with a folk hybrid that's so smooth you fall in love.
Nick Hakim grew up in a household with diverse musical influences from his Chilean mother and Peruvian father. When he was 17 a friend of his invited him to sing with the church choir and things progressed from there. He taught himself to play piano and later attended the Berklee College of Music. While still in school he recorded his debut EP, Where Will We Go Pt 1 & 2 in 2014. Listen to the song The Light with its somber tone and great visuals. The EPs were critically acclaimed and it earned him an opening slot on Maxwell's tour subsequently he was signed to ATO Records. In 2017 things changed for this singer when he released his debut album Green Twins which caught everyone's attention and won critical praise from the indie online magazine,
Pitchfork described him as an artist on the rise. His genre-blurring songs reminds you of 70's folk music and 90s hip hop. He was also named one of the Ten Best R&B albums in 2017 by NPR. In 2020 he released his album Will This Make Me Good and collaborated with R&B singer-songwriter Erykah Badu. He will release his new album Cometa which means kite in Spanish on October 21st and will tour for the album. When he comes to your city be sure to check him out, you won't regret it. Support independent music and musicians. Happy listening!