20 Questions with Nicholas Pound
Nicholas Pound has the distinction of being the 1st ever World #1 on WKT Ranking. We sat down with the Australian crooner and asked him 20 questions.
Where did you grow up?
I grow up living in various cities across the UK however most of the time I lived in Birmingham. When I was 19, I moved with my family to Sydney and then finally to Brisbane when I was 23.
What was your childhood or earliest ambition?
Believe it or not what I’m doing now. To be able to be successful in music whether it’s singing, song writing or producing songs. I always had the drive and attraction to music.
Is your family musical?
Both sides of my family have some musical and acting talents within them. My Dad used to sing in church choirs and my Nan on his side used to sing opera and frequently perform. On my Mum’s side not my Nan used to be an actress and frequently performed Shakespearean plays in London’s West End. Both sides of my family I think have definitely past on the musical and performing parts to me and made me who I am today.
Who was or still is your mentor?
I would have to say my Mum. Ever since I started entering competitions and getting up to sing at karaoke she has been the person who has come along to support me all these years. She also hears me sing at home and helps with new song choices. Even though she helps, she is also my biggest critic! Nothing gets past her!
Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?
I believe a bit of both contribute to success. Talent gives you the foundation to perform and the tools you can apply. Ambition provides the drive for you to keep pushing to succeed your goal. Even when a disappointment comes your way ambition allows you to keep going and pick yourself back up again.
In what place are you happiest?
I’m happiest either with my girlfriend (surprise surprise!) or in front of a microphone. Whether it’s a microphone on radio or on stage I feel free to be able to express myself confidently to entertain people. Makes me feel good!
Musically, who are your biggest influences?
Sam Smith would be my biggest influence alongside John Legend, Ed Sheeran & R Kelly.
Who are your favorite singers, past and present?
My influences are also my favourite singers so Sam Smith, John Legend, Ed Sheeran & R Kelly. However also add in there legends of pop and RNB Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson too.
Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Absolutely! If you don’t get nervous then you know you won’t do your best on stage.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Dependant on what the mistake is I always find that the phrase “the show must go on” comes to mind. No matter what happens you keep singing and entertaining people that’s my philosophy! For example if there’s a problem with the sound I try and keep singing regardless and get the crowd involved too. In the end it turns from a disappointment into a triumph I’ve always found.
What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your musicality?
I like exploring new places and destinations with my girlfriend Nicki as this gives me inspiration for my music.
If you could record a duet with any singer, who would it be?
Sam Smith. He has a very pure falsetto voice similar to mine and I think harmonizing with him on a duet would be a slice of heaven and would just work so well together.
When you are not on stage performing, what do you like to do for fun?
Mostly spending time with my amazing girlfriend Nicki on date nights, cooking at home, going on fun adventures in the car or travelling abroad together. Anything I like to do in my spare time is always with her.
What song instantly puts you in a good mood?
Stevie Wonder’s Superstitution. Just the groove of the song gets me in a really good mood.
What makes you laugh?
So many things make me laugh whether it’s cats dancing to the Macarena on YouTube or an episode of Friends. It really is spur of the moment and being there at a specific time.
What makes you mad?
Excessive auto-tune on certain songs makes me a little mad. Then the singer performs live and they are not as great as they sound on the recording. I’m still a traditional type of singer at heart.
What can you not miss on TV?
The Simpsons, NCIS or Big Bang Theory. I love all of these shows and try to rarely miss a re-run.
Do you have a secret talent?
I can roll my tongue, is that a secret talent? LOL
What is the best advice you've been given?
To never give up on something you love. At first if you don’t succeed you pick yourself up and try again. As one of 50 cent’s album stated “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’”.
What advice would you give to singers who are looking to improve?
Find an artist, genre or type of song you love singing first of all. Practice the songs as much as you can and try them out in front of family, friends or at karaoke venues. If your performances aren’t greatly received then watch other performers on the night or in competitions. Look at what they are doing compared to you. It’s amazing how much you can learn from just watching one performance. If nothing else, always check you are breathing at the right spots and make sure you have plenty of air in the lungs.
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