Nick Panchuk – ‘Fire Fight’ + Exclusive Interview

1. Thank you very much for your time! Before we introduce your new release to our readers – what kind of drink would you recommend to zip on while they listen to your new music?

Thank you for having me! Really excited to be here! FireFight is a song that was always a bit dark in my mind, but at the same, a song that builds to something light but powerful. I could suggest a big glass of your favourite red wine would be good (keyword here being „big“, as the song does build to a big finale). Another suggestion (and, most likely, my own drink of choice) would be a glass of a bourbon and liquor blend. One of my favourites here in AU is called Dubliner, which is an Irish bourbon blended with a honey liquor for a nice smooth finish.

2. Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!

Lots is going on right now in my world. I am busy securing venues for an Australian Tour. The first show of the tour is kicking off in my home town of Brisbane on July 17th at Woolly Mammoth. I am really excited to play in front of the home crowd. I also just finished filming two new music videos for upcoming singles. One, called „Destined to be Mine“, is out July 29th. „Destined to be Mine“ is quite a „warm-and-fuzzy“ style song, different to FireFight but still catchy and powerful. What would you ask for in a perfect partner if you had the chance to request something before actually meeting this person? What would they be like? These are the questions the single explores and it comes up with quite interesting ideas.

3. We live in times of many conspiracy theories. Which, harmless, theory would you wish were true? (For example Dinos living inside Earth or E.T. living in a home in California)

Imagine how cool it would be if getting COVID would actually result in you getting superpowers of some kind? Maybe not anything super crazy like shooting lasers out of your eyes or flying but something small but still cool, like turning water into the best tasting coffee whenever you wanted to. Given that the world has been locked down for so long and the pandemic giving the world so much grief, it would have been cool if it gave us something in return.

4. What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?

I like to think that Guess could be a fitting brand for my music. I actually wear a fair bit of Guess branded clothing, including in some of the music videos. Something trendy and comfortable at the same time.

5. Tell us more about your songs! Topics! Message!?

The song touches on the themes of feeling down and breaking through these times of personal darkness. Sometimes life can genuinely get hard and you need to lean on the good things in your life, good people in your life, good experiences in your life to make it through.

6. Beside music, do you have any special talents?

Does getting on people’s nerves count? 🙂 Just kidding. I have been known to cook a killer Paella.

7. Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!

I absolutely love working on show production, I own way too much sound, lighting and atmospheric equipment that I really love using in production of shows.

I enjoy making music that has meaning. There is quite a lot of mainstream music these days that doesn’t really have a message or a theme. I feel that having meaning is important.

One of my favourite songs to sing in shows is not one of my songs but actually Freddie Mercury’s „Show must go on“

I am not big at smiling in photos… sometimes it is a problem… we are working on it though

I have a goal to learn to play every musical instrument there is… Maybe this is why I am yet to master a single instrument 😛

8. How did you learn to sing/ to write/ to play??

When I was growing up, I never really had access to proper music education and instruments. I was a self learner. I used to sing a lot of Linkin Park and Yellowcard to myself with the aim to get every line exactly right. That would go on for years and it really was the thing that helped me develop the vocal range I have today, although I did eventually go and do some proper lessons as well (something I would actually recommend to all self-taught musicians, lessons do help, even if you are the best muso in the world) I started to learn piano and guitar later in life and I really enjoyed the instruments, but my passion will always be in the vocals delivery. The voice is an instrument, just like a guitar or a piano but it is also an instrument that is literally alive, and there is something really cool about being excellent at playing an instrument that is alive.

9. A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls

What are some of the sacrifices you have to make in order to be successful in music?

Well, number one is sleep. It is true, there are not enough hours in the day and music is an extremely expensive hobby until you make it (which could take years) so you do need a side gig to provide an income (dollars you can then spend on musical toys). Between work, music and social life commitments, sometimes you do have to make sacrifices. Sleep starts to drop off first, then some of the social commitments. But, I guess, just like with everything in life, you have to put the work in to get a good outcome so it will all be worth it in the end.

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