MEB Staff Writer/Photographer M.J. Rawls caught up with acoustic artist Nick Santino to discuss the upcoming We Like It Quiet tour, his solo success and more.
MEB: I wanted to refer back to South By So What for a minute. You performed that first Friday and it was cold and rainy as all hell. You still had a great crowd and put on a good set. How did it feel to bring to your own flavor in a festival that’s full of harder bands?
Nick: I just did what I know how to do. Get on stage and play my songs. I think sometimes in those environments people could use a little ear break and listen to some acoustic music. I treated it like I do any show I play and I had a good time.
Do you prefer playing the bigger festivals vs the smaller shows you are doing now? Is there a difference in reception to a primarily acoustic artist between the two?
I like playing smaller club shows. Just a personal preference i guess. Though warped tour is a beast in its own and I love doing that.
It must feel great, especially with Warped Tour and South By So What where new fans can come and discover you and your music if they weren’t familiar with previous things you have done right?
Yeah that’s one of the cool parts about festivals. Getting in front of new crowds of people.
If you could collaborate with any musician, who would it be and why?
Tom Petty. I feel like we could have some fun. He’s one of my idols.
In 2014, you released your first full solo album, Big Skies that was number three on the singer/songwriter charts. Congrats on that. Given the music structure today where it may be more viable for an artist to go independent vs a bigger label, did that feel more validating gaining that success on your own?
I think I just wanted the creative freedom. I like doing what I want with out being held back. The indie road is hard but worth it if you do it right. I’m still figuring it out.
With releasing the Savannah EP the same year, do you feel that you are able to create on a more frequent basis as a solo artist?
I think so. I just like making music. I don’t really think much about what kind of music. Just as long as I enjoy making it and I’m happy about what I created.
What would be your best piece of advice for a musician who is trying to embark on a new faced of their career such as yourself as a solo artist being from A Rocket to The Moon?
It’s stressful. You can’t throw in the towel early. I’ve wanted to give up a few times but then something good happens. You never know what tomorrow may bring.
You are going to be on the We Like It Quiet tour with Sleeping With Sirens and The Summer Set soon. How excited are you for that tour? Most of the dates have sold out already it looks like.
I’m excited. It’ll be in front of a whole different crowd than what I’m used to. I’m hoping they dig what I play.