TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview, this time with the Alternative, Indie, Rock, and Eclectic singer/songwriter from Chaniá, Greece, The Afro Nick!
The Afro Nick — His grungy, electrified hair — a symbol of freedom to do whatever he wants — a childhood rebellion translated into adulthood. It is impossible to miss the musician, the guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter whose talent surpasses even the height of his own head!
This Brooklyn-based frontman is your modern-day musical Vitruvian Man! His single “Don’t Waste My Time,” probably his best-known work to date, was featured in Season 10 of PBS’ Roadtrip Nation. Nick admits he’s worked somewhat in reverse, releasing a DVD before the studio CD. In 2014, he released “Make It – Live in NYC,” a compilation of eleven live DVD recordings, and his self-titled single “Don’t Waste My Time” soon followed with his debut album “The Afro Nick.” “Don’t Waste My Time” represents his ideology in life. Intensity and strife are abundant, but neither takes away from the carefree nature inherent in our lives. A simple message that the song preaches – have FUN! It’s a cheering anthem for those looking to grab life in a vise like grip.
Nick Anastasakis, the frontman for “The Afro Nick” pulls from his experiences as a child growing up on Crete, an island lying between the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas. His earliest musical memories were the gypsies on the Venetian cobblestone streets, playing their guitars for coins.
Now located in Brooklyn, his unique eclectic sound and crooning lyrics are played with breathless urgency, universal appeal and explosive participation. For The Afro Nick, his life is within his music. Like nights before and nights to come, he chases the ultimate high for all musicians – to simply play.
Here’s his songs, “Dream Big” and “Don’t Waste My Time”
**NOW HERE’S OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE AFRO NICK**
1. What’s your bands name? Where did the name come from?
The Afro Nick. My grungy, electrified hair — a symbol of freedom to do whatever I want — a childhood rebellion translated into adulthood.
2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
It was a big step to go from my native Crete, Greece to Manhattan and I feel I was hesitating in the beginning. For an indie musician like myself, NYC is a paradise. You meet all these great musicians; the best venues and studios within walking distance. New York is heaven for musicians who are trying to make it. Going down my dream in NYC is both my struggle and accomplishment.
3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
Kazoo! Haha! Give us anything and we’ll make some noise!
4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
I used to be a physicist and I got bored – decided to do something with my life. I guess I was looking for a genre to fit the sound of my guitar…
5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
I pull my experiences as a child growing up on Crete, an island lying between the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas. My earliest musical memories were the gypsies on the Venetian cobblestone streets, playing their guitars for coins.
6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
Yes, The Afro Nick album is available on line: iTunes: https://itun.es/us/QQyU3
and working on my second album at the time.
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
Many, take a listen to a few at http://www.theafronick.com/collaborations
8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
Theaters and Festivals in Europe and the USA. To name a few, the Eastern Moat Theater in Crete and the European Music day. In the USA the Herndon festival in VA and venues like Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, and The Shrine in NYC.
9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
Most of the times I just reply to my emails/inquiries. I guess the only recommendation I have is to give 100% of what you are in each and every show. More will follow.
10. Do you have any mottos?
Dream Big, until it is real.
11. What artists inspire you?
Hendrix, Zeppelin, Marley and Santana. Also diggin Gary Clark Jr. and The Black Keys.
12. What’s next for your band?
Next is the 2nd Album.
13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
Traveling, swimming and dreaming!
14. What’s your favorite song right now?
“Get There Before Noon”, Unreleased by The Afro Nick. Come down at Arlene’s and take a listen. This Fri, July 17th at 8 PM.
The Afro Nick’s “Don’t Waste My Time” Music Video!
“It’s You” Live in NYC!
Huge thank you to The Afro Nick for taking his time to do this interview for all of us!
Check out more of The Afro Nick and his music through the links below!