We spoke to Nicki Nicole about her biggest collabs to date
One of the artists who best showcases the diversity of Argentine talent is Nicki Nicole. What sets her apart from other artists is that she constantly pushes her artistic abilities and comes up with solid songs regardless of genre. At the end of last year, the 22-year-old released her second album Part of Mi, which brought us hits like “Sabe” with Rauw Alejandro and “Colocao”. Now she’s finally back with her first solo single, “Nobody Like Yo.”
The new trap and salsa-infused single shows a deeper side of her. The song is about how she overcomes her internal struggles that place limits on her work and how to battle one of those insecurities that come with it. “I wanted to talk about it a bit. Tell my other self there’s no one like me. That the person who achieves their goals, their dreams, if they can project them, they can achieve them,” she told Remezcla at Sony’s offices in Culver City, California.
The music video shows her boxing against an opponent, which at one point is Nicki herself. This emphasizes the song’s message that the only person standing between you and your goals is yourself. “I think it’s really important that our minds think positively, that we really feel capable,” adds Nicki. “We are the ones who limit ourselves to a lot of things, and dreams and goals can be achieved because we are able to do it but we don’t face it.”
Although this is her first solo release this year, she’s not exactly MIA of the music scene. From pop to hip-hop/R&B, Nicki has worked with many artists of all sizes in the Latin American and international music markets. However, like many el movimiento artists, collaborating with others has always been part of her career, and she has a list of successes to attest to her work. Whether it’s what she’s learned from other artists working with stars she grew up listening to in Rosario, Santa Fe, Nicki Nicole has broken up some of her most notable collaborations to date, sharing stories from the creative process and its takeaways.
Working with Mon Laferte
Nicki was a Mon fan before working together. So for her, putting Mon on the track was nothing short of a huge deal for her. Like many fans, this stems from the Chilean singer’s song lyrics being relatable. “I became obsessed with everything she said. I said, ‘She’s talking about me.’ Like when you hear a song and it says exactly what you’ve always wanted to hear, what you’ve always wanted to say,” she explains. “And when I invited her to the song, I felt a lot of admiration for her, and it made me hesitate to invite her because she’s an artist that I admire so much and I didn’t know how to approach her during the song, I didn’t know if she would say yes.
After doubting herself for a long time, Nicki finally sent Mon what became “Pensamos”, a song that was actually inspired by the songs of the Chilean singer. “That’s why I felt she had to be a part of it too,” Nicki adds. As for Nicki’s My Favorite Songs? Nicki says she connects the most with the Chilean singer’s “Mi Buen Amor” and “Tu Falta de Querer.”
Working with Bizarrap
Bizarrap is one of the first artists Nicki worked with and often collaborates with. In fact, they worked together so much that she lost count of how many songs they composed. From their time together, Nicki learned the importance of strategizing and having a plan. “One thing I learned from him – without him telling me, just knowing him – is that sometimes if you don’t plan things out, they don’t turn out the same way” , she notes. “When I met Biza, he had already planned what was going to happen this year, and the next. He had absolutely everything planned and I think that [is what I learned] too.”
“Sometimes [it’s about] be strategic, even if you already have a lot of talent. Another of his talents is to have so many strategies. For example, the marketing he does before each session, he thought it out very well. He does it all by himself, and it’s crazy!
Working with Christina Aguilera
One of the most notable collaborations that put Nicki Nicole’s name in general was the song she jumped on with Christina Aguilera, Becky G and Nathy Peluso – “Pa Mis Muchachas”. The female empowerment feature took the rising star to the stage at the Latin Grammy Awards to perform alongside all the stars in 2021. “First of all, utter madness. I mean, it was really, I don’t know, a Matrix lock,” Nicki says, referring to growing up seeing Xtina on MTV. “And being able to see her, being able to talk to her… Having her say to me, ‘Nicki, I love you, I want you to know that you sing with me.’ It was a pleasure to see how we women support each other.
Working with Eladio Carrion
Speaking of Eladio, Nicki points out that she has always admired his music. As for what she learned working with him, she talks about learning that it’s okay to take your time making songs. “What I noticed about him, what I like, is that he takes his time,” she says. “Working in music isn’t just about making songs all the time. He goes into the studio, listens to the songs he hasn’t heard in a long time, and he leaves time for things. She continues: “Sometimes you have to give time to the music, respect it. When you’re not inspired, and you’re not moving forward, you shouldn’t force yourself. And I think I learned a lot from that He wasn’t stressed that some things weren’t working, and he said, “Che, I’d rather try another day.” And that’s perfect.
Working with Los Angeles Azules
The collaboration with cumbia figureheads sonidero came as a surprise to Nicki. It started as a cumbia freestyle at a music camp she attended in Miami with co-workers like Bizarrap, Mora, and Lali. When it came together, she knew it had to get out. When her manager suggested it be with the Mexican band, Nicki thought it was impossible.
“For me, Los Ángeles Azules are – I don’t know. There is the moon and next to it, Los Ángeles Azules,” she says. “They were like legends. They don’t know it, but they are part of me, because, my family, we have always listened to them at parties.
On what she’s working on next
For now, Nicki is still reeling from all the collaborations she’s been a part of, mostly with artists she never imagined she would work with. She also mentions that she plans to focus on her solo music. “I feel like amazing things can happen if you want them to. Plus, you never know who on the other side is listening to you as well,” she says. “I learn a lot from others by collaborating with them. Beyond the musical aspect, personally, I’m learning a lot. Right now, I’m more in a solo music release phase, but I think if there’s a dream collaboration at the other end, then I would go for that.
When asked about her dream collaboration, she says it’s American singer-songwriter Giveon. “He’s an amazing artist. He really is one of those people that once you start listening to him, you can’t stop.