Nik Hughes: Building Fans, the Eco-System of Music, and How to Audition
This week's guest is drummer, percussionist, and manager Nik Hughes. Nik is a member of the band Youngblood Hawke, who burst on the scene with their platinum hit "We Come Running." He's also currently playing drums for Bush and in the past he's recorded or toured with artists such as Andy Grammer, Bishop Briggs, Puddle of Mudd, Emily Osment, and many more. Along with all of his playing experience he's also worked on the business side of music, working in management and also briefly holding a label position at Big Deal Music. We chat about releasing music, the importance of supporting each other, and how to audition.
In this episode, we'll dig in on...
Being in Youngblood Hawke
Reading between the lines on auditions
Playing in Bush
Understanding the label side as an artist
Always learning new skills
Transitioning into management and business
Recording drums last
Jazz drumming influencing rock drummers
Building long lasting friendships with other bands