Rising Singer-Songwriter NIKKI HAHN Discusses Her Single ‘Obvious’, Creating The Music Video For It and Much More!
Meet Nikki Hahn! She is a rising star who’s expanding her career from the screen and on to the stage as well with a budding music career. On the heels of her debut single “In My Head,” she has released her sophomore single “Obvious” which is currently available on all streaming platforms. Inspired by 80’s and 90’s rock and pop, Nikki’s style blends the decades together to create her own lane of experimental pop-rock. She is currently working on her debut EP infusing the sounds of her guitar, piano, and bass.
Drawing from life’s highs and lows, “Obvious” was inspired by a missed connection in love. Video production and concept by Nikki herself, the music video follows the story of a girl dropping hints to let a guy know she likes him, dressing up in extravagant ways to grab his attention, with no success. At the end, she gives up trying to let him know she’s interested, ultimately leading her to reject him after he finally comes around. Fans will see elements of 90’s Britney Spears mixed with 80’s Madonna.
Nikki has been a performer from a young age. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, she got her start appearing in top rated modeling campaigns and commercials with television following close behind. She can be seen in hit shows such as “CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Closer,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “American Horror Story.” She made her leading role debut in the Disney Channel 100th Original Movie “Adventures in Babysitting” as ‘Emily Cooper’ alongside Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson followed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s anthology series “Genius: Einstein” for National Geographic which earned 10 Emmy nominations. Most recently, before the pandemic, she was recurring as ‘Gina Tuscadero’ in ABC’s “American Housewife.”
Listen to “Obvious” here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4O4G5c9u5JaF4AWGS1nA5o?si=aaa1d4efb4034107
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Learn more about Nikki Hahn in the following All Access interview:
So what has this past year been like for you and your music? How are/did you get through the pandemic? Are things opening up now where you are? How do you feel about that? Did you get vaccinated?
During the pandemic, I used the time I had to take Zoom dance classes, Zoom piano lessons, and focused on songwriting. I got to explore different genres of music, specifically 80’s rock, which I’m a huge fan of now! I definitely had a lot to do during quarantine and was super busy with not only graduating high school and starting college, but also getting a lot of self-tape auditions. Things are definitely opening up in LA now and I am so grateful that things can begin to go back to normal. I’m fully vaccinated and so ready to get back into in-person meetings. I really miss in-person casting appointments.
Let’s talk about your newest track, “Obvious.” What was the inspiration for it? How would you say that it compares to anything else you have put out before?
I think that especially in watching the Obvious music video, you’ll be able to see my influences that developed over quarantine. The aesthetic and choreography is a tell-tale sign of everything I got to explore throughout the pandemic. The inspiration for the track was 90’s Britney Spears and Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa. I really loved those positive vibes and I just felt that we needed some more light and music to lift us up and empower us.
How creatively involved with the making of the music video for “Obvious” were you?
I am actually the executive producer for the music video, and it is under my own production company!! I was producer, wardrobe department, and conceptualized the aesthetic. I am super into aesthetics and moodboards so this was so much fun for me and I got to put my Pinterest to use. This was the first time I put together my own set, and having watched productions my whole life really helped. You never know how much experience you have until you have to do it yourself.
What has the process been like for you putting your debut EP together? Has anything surprised you about it all? Have there been any unexpected challenges?
The biggest challenge for me has been pin-pointing my sound because I have so many musical influences, which I think happens to a lot of artists. I think that having more experience in writing is definitely helping me develop my sound.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What do you think motivates you day in and day out to continue singing? What about acting? Do you think your enjoy doing one over the other these days?
I come from a musical family and I have been singing my whole life, so it’s not new to me. But I think the moment I realized I wanted to do music as a career as well as acting, was when I saw Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour. That really was pivotal for me. I can’t see myself doing anything else but acting and singing/performing because it’s just who I am. I self-tape like 3-4 times a week so I’m always acting. And when I’m not acting I’m writing songs. There’s nothing else I’d rather do and I’ve been doing this my entire life. I have an equal love for both and I put 110% into both.
If you weren’t an artist today, could you see yourself doing anything else? What is something else interesting/funny you are good at?
I really love astrology so I think maybe I would be an astrologer and read people’s birth charts. As for interesting/funny stuff, I’m a second degree black belt, and I love making up weird dances at home. I don’t know if I will ever have the guts to post them on Tiktok, but maybe one day!!
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
I think one of the challenges I’ve learned to welcome is communicating with producers to articulate what I’m thinking musically. Because I have ideas for my music and getting those thoughts out was definitely a challenge.
What do you think of the power of social media? How active are you on it all? Do you enjoy or have trouble keeping up with it all?
There are some platforms that I enjoy and some that I tend to stay off of unless I have to promote a project. I think that social media is definitely very powerful as a promotional tool but it does have its dark sides. Also, because I’m so busy, I can’t spend so much of my time on all platforms, so I really choose the ones I enjoy.
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope that people will be able to relate to my lyrics and connect with the stories.