Written by Glo(w)
It is the elders that lead the young people towards greatness. Looking through any family, the care provided generally comes from those who are older. This form of care extends beyond the physical. Yes, Momma and Daddy made sure you were clothed and fed. But it was Grandma who gave you a love of classical music. Or Grandpa who had the best vinyl collection. Or Big Unc who bought you your first easel. The elders—each of them as important as the next—makes sure that the youth obtain each attribute that is needed for success.
Seventeen-year-old NECCIO is an example of a well-bred talent. Coming from Seattle, Washington, this young producer understands and respects the importance of artistic guidance while developing a quirky sound that is his own. By pulling influences from both decade specific music and modern Mozarts, NECCIO has skillfully begun to master the full embodiment of a producer. He uses synths and drum kits as well as many of his older counterparts while retaining a youthfulness in his productions. Elements from Midwestern producers are easily spotted in his productions, and yet there is something else that holds your attention. There is a bit of magic that only freshness and youth can provide. After all, the youth are the future.
Get to know NECCIO below. Our futures shine bright.
For the record, what mediums of art do you partake in?
My preferred mediums would be midi and audio files and sometimes poetry when I’m feeling edgy.
How long have you been creating? What inspired you to use your creativity?
I began producing since I was 13 but I have been creating all my life. My parents encouraged a love of art for me and my brother. Mom always listened to classical music, Motown, and golden oldies. While my dad listened to a lot of reggae and a good amount of hip hop. The rest of my family have all been very talented visual artists so I think this constant exposure to different arts kinda gave me this itch to create. What kick started me into producing was when I was in about 6th grade. I heard Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex and this was the first time I heard EDM. I knew I HAD TO make music. At the end of my 8th grade year I got Fl studio and from then on I have developed my own sound and created.
Do you think people correlate talent to age?
I think people do it all the time. Age equals experience in some eyes. I was so excited when I turned 17 because any age below 17 people don’t take you seriously in music. A lot of young artists are discounted due to their age.
What does the music of the future sound like to you?
I feel music of the future is going to be driven towards nostalgia. I think music will also mesh kinda blurring the lines between some genres because people like creating. Every creative in some way wants to challenge the status quo and in order to do that barriers are going to be broken.
A lot of artists pull inspiration from past creations (like older music artists, movies, etc.). Do you do this at all? If so, what are some of your favorite eras to pull from?
I usually pull from my own feelings the majority of the time, but I do sometimes get inspired by other artists’ works. I love listening to underground soundcloud producers. These producers are extremely unique and it just inspires me. I’ll hear an effect used in a certain way and I’ll go “I can do that but do blah blah different”. I love pulling also from the 40’s to 60’s just the pure emotion in their music and how in a short track they can bring so much has influenced me in a big way. I really just try to look anywhere for inspiration. I feel like art replicates life and inspiration is everywhere.
What have you learned about yourself through the creative process?
I have learned that I like to be alone. The only way that I can create freely is if I’m zoning out the real world. Creativity has taught me to find myself and not be afraid with new things and just not to force anything yenno? It helped me give myself value and a purpose.
What is the most important idea you want people to get from your art?
All my music is charged by my emotion and it helps me cope with things. I want people who listen to my music to use it to help them cope or develop a story for themselves. In the end, I just want to connect with people. In my life, I have a lot of acquaintances but no one I’m really close with (except my girl luh you babe). I just want to connect with people and with my music I am able to speak volumes.
What’s on your playlist? Who are you listening to?
I have this playlist on Soundcloud where I post songs I vibe with hella. Some people on it are Tobi Lou, Smino, Monte Booker, Chance the Rapper, Jaden Smith, Octn, Verzache, G Eazy, Taylor Bennet, Getter, Goldlink, Lil Dicky, Whereisalex, thehomie, KYLE, Oshi, Khalid, and many other amazing artists!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Musically the best advice I have been given is to try to be completely unique and real with my listeners. For my personal life the best advice I have gotten is to work for everything you want.
How do you think the creating process would be different if money wasn’t a factor?
It wouldn’t make a difference. I have a laptop and my favorite synths I don’t need anything else. I can create just as well with my laptop in my room as I would in a studio.
When can we expect a project to be released?
Right now I’m sitting on a lot projects because I’m currently looking to join a collective but I would say in the next couple of weeks I’ll have something out! I got a lot of original new content along with a lot of collabs!
Follow NECCIO on Twitter and Soundcloud @NECCIOMUSIC.