Interview Nikki Wozzo & The Bad Whiskey

Hi Nikki! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name?
Have you changed the band’s name before?

Nikki Wozzo & The Bad Whiskey is my solo band, and that name represents me and my
lifestyle growing up in the heartland of Alberta, Canada. The name came from
somewhat of a funny story where a friend had burned his house down while drunk on
whiskey. No one was injured, but it must have been some pretty bad whiskey. The
name has changed over the years, as I was still looking for the sound and style that I felt
the most comfortable in. The band also use to be called The Great Wozzo and The Lost
Circus, but that was my shock-rock era. It was fun, but it wasn’t me.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major
influences?

Nowadays, I consider my genre of music more Country-Rock; some of my biggest
inspirations are Hank Williams Jr., Garth Brooks, Alice Cooper, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
Are you a member of any music organizations?

All members of the band had been discovered in 2018 in Los Angeles, CA., where I met
most of them going to school at Musician Institute in Hollywood. As this is my solo
project, I write all my own material. I am currently apart of SOCAN, The Society of
Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada.

What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or
will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you
have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?

Well, my main guitars I built myself, in specs of Gibson Les Pauls and Fender. I also
have my pride and joy: a Gibson Les Paul Classic Gold Top, which I am in love with. I
will always use Gibson and Fender products, as they have never let me down. I also
use a Grestch Dobro, which is also amazing, and I couldn’t have wished for as better
instrument.

Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you
have any upcoming shows?

I have performed mainly in Western Canada and Los Angeles, CA, but I am planning to
book more shows out and abroad as long as visas and money permits it. I love playing
those outside events! During the summer time, anywhere fits with me and my
performance; just everyone is out to listen to good music, have a drink, and have a
great time, and I love that.

Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you
have a set play list?

Well, as soon as the new record comes out, we will be playing every song on the album,
including maybe one or two covers from various artists that have inspired me over the
years.

Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Do you think these topics will change over time?

Being the only writer, the main topics have been about experiences of my life as I have
grown in the world, and I do believe they will alter over time as I grow and learn.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process?

Well, for me, I need a good idea, a thought of something that is really influencing my life
at the moment, and from there I start with the hook of the song. After that, it all works
itself together.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which
you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

My rehearsals go once every two weeks as of now, but I’m sure that will change over
time. We work off of a set schedule that was created to keep order in the rehearsal
rooms in order to make best use of our time.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

My music has changed drastically since I began as a musician. I once was this hardcore
metalhead that took no liking to Country or anything of that sort in my life. I was writing
music along the lines of early Iron Maiden and such, which I still do, as I’m member and
current lead vocalist British Heavy Metal Band Serpents Kiss, and we released our first
record with me on it back in October.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that
challenge? If so, how?

To this day, my biggest challenge is getting past visa issues with my neighbouring
country, the USA. I am lucky now to have a visa to study and work but, it only last for so
long, and unfortunately you can’t renew this one. Although, I will always be optimistic,
and I’m sure something great will happen.

What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

Honestly, I’m just wanting to be able to travel the world playing my music, and pay my
rent doing so. I don’t need a giant house in the city with fancy cars and stuff. I’m a
country kid; I want a home in the woods close to a city, where I can write and record my
music, and that can be safe for me and my family.

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

My advice when looking to form a band is when you bring someone new in and they’re
taking away the fun in this work, it’s not worth it to work with them, and you have to
move on. Oh, and never date a band member; seriously that’s coming from experience.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

We have many ways for fans to listen to our music, from Youtube to Apple Music, etc.
The best way if you are looking is to go to my official website,
www.nikkiwozzoandthebadwhiskey.com; it has links and much more information on
where to find music and information on me and my work.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

I would always like to say special thanks to my father and mother, Joel and Kim, for
their amazing support, not only finically but emotionally as well. Same with my brother
Ike, and my amazing fiancé Shelbie. Plus, everyone in the industry that has helped shape
me as musician, from my instructors at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC Canada, to my
peers from the Hollywood, CA in the Los Angeles area.

Any last words?

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