24: Introduce yourself to everyone that doesn’t already know who you are.
Nick Tha EngineEaR: My name is Nicolas Segreti a.k.a Nick Tha EngineEaR, CEO and Head Engineer of Lavish Audio Recording Studio based out of South Florida. I am also a full-time Music Producer literally 24/7 and love what I do.
24: Before we get into your music, can you describe your history about how you got into and what inspired you?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: I have this quote I’ve been using since I’ve got into music as deep as i have. “I didn’t find music, music found me.” I say that because back in 2009 when i was 18 years old i was involved in a motorcycle accident that broke my Back. They told told me I would never walk again, but with the personality like mine I told them there no chance, trust me I WILL walk again. I’m 22 years of age now and still dealing with issues from my accident. I do walk though, by the Grace of God. I’m blessed to be in the spot i am with music. And i would never take my accident back because simply this great thing we call music would have never found me.
24: What was the Hip-Hop scene like for you growing up where you’re from?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: Well for me, I’m a coast to coast type of listener. I’m originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and lived in Inglewood, California for a portion of my life. So being from there gave me that griddy Hip-Hop sound and just raw R&B. But i can not forget what my roots are being from Las Vegas and that’s the jazz scene. See though when I was 15 I moved to West Palm Beach County Florida. The whole music scene was different. Music I had never even herd before. I gave it a couple months, and i listened to this soul filled southern music. And i have learned to embrace it and learned that are no limits to music at all. I’ll be honest I’ll always love the West Coast music but Southern “Soul” music I’ve really learned to take in, and to listen and learn.
24: Tell us about what you are working on.
Nick Tha EngineEaR: Man I’m always working on different projects. I can’t help it its what runs in my blood stream and through my veins. I just got released an Instrumental Album called Casino Instrumentals. Its based all on the movie Casino and I’m playing the part of Nikki Santero or Nick as they call him in the movie. Get it?? Las Vegas, Nick Tha EngineEaR, Casino? Every project i do is themed. For me it’s not about just throwing all the Music you have and throw it on a tape. I take the calm smarter route as i feel what music should be dropped. There is a Second Mix Tape in the works right now with one of the Artist i work with The Antidote. The Antidote is a good friend of mine and incredible lyricist. We have a compilation Mix-Tape Coming before the end of year titled “Home Grown.” This stems from everything we do from recording to the mixing and even all the way to the production is all “Home Grown.” That’s definitely the next big collab that I have going on with a crazy Artist. So look out for that tape for sure!!
24: What producers have you worked with and who would you like to work with in the future?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: I honestly have not worked with any producers outside of my studio, which is something I’m stomaching, because I have dreams of working with some of the best producers. For instance Dr. Dre and DJ Quik, just being from the West Coast I’ve watched them forever doing there thing. Also Timbaland, and Pharell for sure. They’ve made some of the biggest moves in the game and i look up to the music that they made 10 years ago to music there still making now.
24: Are you happy with the feedback you have been getting from people on material you have released?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: I am happy with it. I haven’t released anything major in mind in a little bit except Casino Instrumentals. But with the feedback from that, it’s awesome. On all the mainstream mix tape sites i feel i’m definitely doing better and passing the limits that other producers have. So the feedback has been awesome and people have told me they love my music and the themes i throw with them.
24: In todays free download age, what do you need to do to make your self a household name?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: The very first thing I think that needs to done is show people your humbleness. A lot of people think now days that you can just start making a beat or start rapping and it goes really know where. This is because many Artist want to make money the second the get into the business. Unfortunately this isn’t always how it works. I’ll be the first to admit it is very hard to just go out and sell instrumentals. So to protect your household name you have to be willing to out a free product, if your not, you never know you might have just passed the opportunity of a life time.
24: How do you feel about the current state of the Hip-Hop scene?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: I think its safe to say the Hip-Hop scene is a little confusing right now. There’s a battle between this lyricisms that has finally come back in the game. And there’s a pull on these songs with easy anthems that the average listener can remember. If we really look into it deep, “Hip-Hop” started as poetry written down then rymed. Now a days it seems as if it is easier to get into the Hip-Hop scene because of the simplicity put into modern day Hip-Hop. This is why people rapping is blowing up like we have never seen before.
24: Outside of the music, what else are you currently working on
Nick Tha EngineEaR: Currently we’re working on many things that have to do with the “Music World” but not music it self. For instance here at Lavish Audio Recording Studio we’re working are tales off on being noticed by Native Instruments. At Lavish Audio we highly incorporate The Maschine in our production, because of its amazing ingenuity. We also are currently working on video production and video production on tutorials on how to use certain tools in the music industry to better your Engineering skills, Sound skills, and all around Music Production.
24: Where do you see yourself going in 2013 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artist out today to get the recognition you feel you deserve?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: For me this is almost and easy question but you have to be humble about it. If you’ve read threw the last question, I’m unbelievably humble and extremely outgoing. I see my production even taking another leap further and my studio that i own at 22 years of age. I can’t say what will happen in 2013 or where I’m going because of what has happened in my life and my friends and family’s life. So I’m just always looking up and moving forward. I can guarantee this, Me as an individual i will never stop pushing, I’ll never stop making music, and I’ll just simply never ever give up. Like I’ve said music is my life so by the end of 2013 I’m going to let God handle this one and I’m going to let him guide my way and have myself continue to do what i do best, Music.
24: How can fans go about contacting you?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: I’m extremely easy to get a hold of whether its Via E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter, I even have no problem using my main line to make sure the artist can get a hold of me. My Email is NickThaEnginEEaR@Gmail.com, my Facebook is Nick Tha EnginEEaR. For the studio on Facebook its Lavish Audio Recording Studio. On twitter you can get a hole of me @ThaEnginEEaR and get a hold of someone at the studio by simply just searching @LavishAudio. My main line number to deal with artist is 561-376-7387. I’m always available for Music!!
24: Thank you for providing 24HourHipHop.com with this exclusive interview, do you have any last words for your present and future fans deserve?
Nick Tha EngineEaR: I can’t explain to you guys how much I’ll never stop. I will always have new music, I will always support my fans before myself and I’m in this for the longevity!!!!! Check my latest work on Datpiff Casino Instrumentals dropping on hot week Sept. 16. It is available now though and has a sponsored tag. Thank you to 24HourHipHop and everyone that took the time to just read my bio!!!