We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Bradley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, why did you pursue a creative career?
I love creating! I love the entire process of coming up with an idea, and watching it come to life before my very eyes. Whenever I sit down at my piano or my keyboard, there’s a new opportunity to exercise my imagination. On top of that, whenever I meet other artists or creative-minded people, we can bounce ideas off each other and feed off each other’s energy. There are endless possibilities and there are no boundaries to how far I can go. It started off as a hobby and when I found out that I was gifted with playing and creating, I knew I needed to put it to use. The beauty of it all is being able to do something I genuinely love and enjoy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I taught myself how to play the piano a couple of years ago. I took what I have learned and used that to create music. I also play for local artist around Atlanta. I love to write songs and help write for other artists as well. Lastly, I score short films for people, and produce; I do a little bit of everything. The two things I hear the most from everyone are my playing style is really soothing to the ear, and my sense of fashion is suave. I tell people all the time that I like matching my playing style. I was super excited about getting the chance to be apart of a SoFar concert series. It is a really popular event in the US and they have a huge following and media press and we also entered a submission to perform for NPR Tiny Desk. I got where I am today by reaching out to other people who are on the same path as I am. I’ll check out their music and learn their songs. Then let them know that I’m available if they ever have to perform and want live instrumentation. Being proactive and a fast learner has helped me a lot. It’s never easy, because you are technically at the mercy of the people you are trying to collab or work with. Gaining their trust is the most important thing, but once you get that you control your own destiny. The number one thing that I learned is to be yourself, be unique. People will grow to love you for who you really are. I want the world to know that I am a whole vibe. We live in a time where everything is upbeat and fast. I want the world to know that my aura is kinda like a brief escape from reality.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The good thing about living in Atlanta is there is something for everyone. I’m more of a homebody but I love competition, being a former athlete and whatnot. So things like bowling, mini-golf, racing go-karts, is all fun. I’m a big kid at heart too so something like Skyzone or Nitro Zone is fun as well. But you can’t go to Atlanta without checking out MLK Center, Centennial Park, or the Aquarium; or Jackson Street Bridge, I know I’m missing a lot of other places but those are some of the more common one’s people like checking out. I love soul food and seafood so Atlanta Fish Market or Busy Bees never miss with me; and of course, American Deli’s hot lemon pepper wings hit too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Absolutely! first off, this is a god-given gift so I have to thank God for the gift he gave me. Secondly, I have to give thanks to my parents for trusting that I’ll take music seriously when they bought my first keyboard, the Music Director at my church Antioch-Lithonia, Brother Sam Buck. He told me at a young adult conference, before I started my journey, that I need to go for it; and I don’t have to know everything in order to start. That gave me the motivation I needed to move in the direction I wanted to go. I have to thank Tacinda Lashell and Devenaire for giving me a chance when no one else would. Working with Natural Sound presented more opportunities and experiences for me. I want to thank all the support I’ve gained from performances over time; My extended family, Akeem, Mey, Leah, Tamika, and Breona; they knew I was built for this back in college before I ever started, Cydney Hill for coming to the shows or performances no matter how late they ran; the other musicians Jbo, Gerald, and Jordan. They make me a better musician and I’ve learned a lot from jamming with them, these talented artists, True, Coley, Idalis, Bria, Kumari de Shay, Kie, and Myia B, I met them all at events and their work keeps me inspired and motivated, and anyone who has ever shared, reposted or commented on anything I’ve ever posted Everyone played a significant role in me being where I am today, and even though I still have a long way to go, I’m forever grateful for every role people played to help me stay confident, encouraged, and motivated.