Canadian country trio, Western Avenue’s Nikki English was recently interviewed by Pittsburgh Music Magazine. Here’s an excerpt from that conversation:
Pittsburgh Music Magazine: Can you give us some background on how you came about the name Western Avenue?
Nikki English: It was a street we used to jam on. I was laying in bed one night and was thinking about how it would be a cool name for us. And then the next night when we had a practice, Matt was turning down the street and thought the exact same thing, and told us when he arrived! So since we both thought the same thing without mentioning it to the other prior, we thought it was meant to be!
PMM: Now that you are delving more into songwriting, is there a particular process or technique that you employ?
NE: We all have our own ways. Me personally (Nikki) I like to co write. I’m more into making the melody to the song, so I have an amazing lyricist I work with named Dave Woods. I usually sit in front of my piano and read through the lyrics, find the right feel for the song, and play it out! When Keith and I are writing together with Dave’s lyrics, Keith will come up with these great riffs and chord progressions, and I will work out a melody to go with them! We have a lot of fun writing together like that.
Find out more about Nikki and Western Avenue, like Nikki’s favorite all-time song and more, by reading the entire interview HERE.
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