The first time I flew into Mexico City, the sky was a dark brown color. I thought that was how it was going to be (for) the whole two years I was there. Later I found out that the sky was usually blue. It was a lot better than I anticipated. It doesn’t matter if the sky is brown or whatever color, as long as we enjoy the simple things with the people we love. . .. The song is basically saying that we should slow down … and love life.
That album opened new windows of opportunity for him to share his artistic abilities through music videos and a YouTube channel which he launched on 28 September 2010. As of mid-December 2015, his channel has amassed 6,849 subscribers and over 1.8 million views. He attributes the success that he has garnered to the many talented people who believe in him and get involved in his music. “It’s the law of attraction,” he says. “If you have good music you’ll draw good people to you.” Listening to his incredible music, people would never guess that Nik struggles with being able to read music. He relies on his strength on having a good listening ear. He has commented:
I have a really good ear, and it’s made it so I don’t have to read music very often. I can still write music down on paper and figure it out, but it definitely isn’t one of my strengths. I graduated… in commercial music…so I’m not completely incompetent. The more I do music, the more I realize that people don’t really care that I don’t read music, and it’s not required very often. If I had to choose between being able to read music and having a good ear, I would definitely choose having a good ear, because it helps me in the creative process.
Beyond producing his own music, Nik also writes music for the youth program in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, makes videos, and coaches others in their music. He recognizes that it is his Heavenly Father who has given him the talent for writing songs, and he puts his trust and confidence in Him as to where the incredible journey will lead him. He has further commented:
I think that the hardest thing about life is not knowing what the future holds. . .. but at the same time it is exciting to look ahead and visualize the possibilities. I had no idea that I’d be where I am today, and all of it is because of past experiences that have helped shape me into what I am. I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the trials I’ve had to overcome because they have taught me how to deal with present roadblocks and trials that I’m facing.
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