Ignite Interview~ Singer, Songwriter, and Sonic Insurgent Nikki Jumper

Teetering on the brink between rock and pop, she delivers an instantly catchy end-of-the-world anthem punctuated by hypnotic delivery, a danceable groove, and a hard-hitting hook, “Let’s blow this shit up tonight.” The song was co-written alongside Francesco Yates and features production from Phil Gornell [Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low]. Be on the lookout for the premiere of a cinematic music video to accompany it very soon.

  1. Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?

Hi, thanks so much for having me! I’m Nikki Jumper. I’m a solo artist from Toronto. I’ve been writing and singing since I was 11. It’s been an extremely wild journey as a female artist in this industry. After a million ups and downs, I’m finally making music that I love – and I’m so happy about that!

  1. What is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?

I have a new song out called Apocalypse Love! We wrote this song a few months ago, before the current Apocalypse-era, as a dystopian fantasy. We’re working on new music and an EP to come out later this year, that really highlights what we’re collectively going through. It’s a little restless, angsty, but something you can dance to through the end of the world.

  1. With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2020?

The thing I miss most is the sweat. I honestly can’t wait to get other peoples sweat on me! But I’m trying to stay positive and look at the brightside! I’m taking this time to write and record an EP and to work on the live show, so that when the world does open up again, I’ll be ready to rock n roll and give a good show!

I have a feeling that smaller shows and club tours will happen before stadium tours and big festivals. I think that it will be a cool opportunity to see artists in more intimate venues play! I also think technology will be more integrated into the live shows in the future, which is cool. I hope everything is live-streamed! Imagine if you could buy live-stream tickets to every show on your favourite bands tour? That would be so fun.

  1. What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself… “THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?

    My dad would rotate between Led Zeppelin and Madonna. I loved rock n roll, and I loved fearless pop. I remember watching Gwen Stefani sing “Hey Baby Hey” in No Doubt’s music video. I admired her energy, fearlessness, and fashion so much! Listening to that album and watching No Doubt music videos on MTV definitely shaped my vision for becoming an artist.
  1. Who was your first concert and what is your best memory 

I went to so many concerts growing up! I went to some really great rock shows, but what really stood out to me was watching Britney Spears perform “I’m A Slave For You” live. Eleven year old me was shook! I also remember the first time seeing Rancid/Operation Ivy and Anti-Flag when I was 15. That’s what initially got me into the punk scene. I’ll never forget the thrill of the music, the mosh-pits, the mohawks, and going home with cuts and scrapes all over me from all the spikes and studs!

  1. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?

    I don’t believe in setting limits or “being” only one thing in life. I  believe in doing what you love, daily, always! And those things can change, and that’s okay! I feel happier not putting myself in a box. I have so many passions in life, and I’m planning on doing them all in my life-time. If there’s something I want to do, I do it! My “guiding light” is to help inspire people to experience love, magic, and beauty — even in the chaos.

    If what I do accomplishes that, it’s a “yes” for me. And that doesn’t only need to be through music. I also work in the holistic health and beauty realm, and there is plenty of magic there. I am working on writing a book, learning to dance, and enrolling in acting lessons!

    I also really would love to be a bad-ass secret agent one day. But only the kind you see in the movies, not in real life! So, I’d probably love to be an actor that plays in crime thrillers!
  1. On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)

Apocalypse Love is the first piece of work that feels really good to me. It’s the sound I’ve been trying to accomplish for my whole life as an artist! So, I’m happy with it and I hope that our listeners enjoy it too!

  1. What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?.

Apocalypse Love, for sure! The sound is finally where I want it. It’s loud. And the production is killer! Francesco Yates and Phil Gornell are a dream team. We recorded it in Aruba, edited it down on an airplane, it was produced in the US, and mastered in the UK. This song went on quite the adventure!

  1. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?

    Oh, yes, absolutely! I work on getting better every day. I’m forever a student. I’m primarily a singer, and a lyricist. I work with a vocal coach three times a week, and I will continue to do this for the entirety of my career. I’ll never be “too good” to not have a vocal coach! 

    I’d love to work on my writing skills as well. I need to get better at playing the piano so I can translate my ideas better! You know what – you’ve inspired me. I’m going to enroll in piano lessons to keep me occupied during quarantine and sharpen my skills!
  1. If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?

I broke a rib moshing to The Misfits when I was 16! I skipped school the next day because I was in so much pain, but I had a good story to tell!

  1. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

I’d be a hot pink crayon for sure. A little girly, but loud and powerful and fun!

  1. Who are you inspired by?

    I’m so inspired by Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Grimes/Elon Musk, and my friends Bring Me The Horizon! I also am inspired by certain authors who write about psychology, mysticism, music, futurism, and magic.
  1. What’s an average day like one tour? and what about these days?

    I haven’t been on the road in awhile – but definitely, lots of caffeine! I’m excited to get on tour next year after quarantine is over. I’m going to plan it so the dates are spread out and it will feel a little more like a vacation with lots of days off to explore! As an independent artist, I can make the rules… which is fun! I was thinking about even doing a beach house party tour. Is that dreamy, or what?!
  1. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?

I love my fans, truly! I treat them as friends. I respond to every message I can. I love to FaceTime them or do video chats! I think about how I’d love for my favourite artists to interact with me, and then I do that. I love to be helpful and inspiring whenever I can.

  1. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

I surprisingly don’t get worried about speaking or singing on stage in front of large groups of people. But, I do get anxiety when I’m asked to sing in front of a couple of people! So, I definitely prefer to sing in front of crowds!

  1. Tell me about your favorite performance venues?

I played my first show ever at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto with Dr. Ozi. I absolutely loved it! I love large club venues. There’s a lot of energy, but it’s still intimate! When I book my tour next year, I’d love for it to be a club tour or a house party tour!

  1. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Always believe in yourself even if no one else does! Become your own biggest fan. Do what you love and don’t compromise your vision for anybody else! Honestly, I wish I found my confidence sooner. So, do what you can to find that strength in yourself!

Upending the rules of pop and rock, Nikki Jumper channels ecstatic aural hysteria from the ebbs and flows of a world forever in flux. The Toronto-born singer and songwriter rises up as a sonic insurgent— like a fashion-forward and future-facing answer to Tank Girl with a touch of personal magic. Nikki’s independent debut EP transmits a revolutionary clarion call, stirring tremors across multiple wavelengths all at once under the banner of her patented “Apocalyptic Pop.”

About Bryan Joe Corder (4248 Articles)
Concert Photographer at heart, Love listening to music and going to shows to try to capture the magic on the stage with my imagery.I also review albums and live concerts.
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