Nicky Egan, a talented young rock and soul singer/songwriter originally from Philadelphia is putting a new twist on an old idea of releasing an album. The 45 Homestead Project is 3 separate digital “45s,” complete with an A-side and B-side, that will be released throughout the summer. The complete EP will be 6 songs total, with each A-side getting its own music video. Nicky Egan’s voice has that perfect combination of sweetness and raspiness that is well-suited for telling tales of heartache such as her song “Made A Fool of Me,” the A-side of Part One. The B-side “I Tried” is a slower, bluesy track of foolish love. Her heartfelt vocals are well controlled and catching. Nicky Egan plays a hometown show Friday night, August 23rd at The Blockley, supporting Dana Fuchs. I was able to ask Nicky some questions recently about her music.
Hi Nicky, it looks like August has been a busy month for you. Can you tell me a little bit about the 45 Homestead Project?
We recorded a 6-song EP that we finished up in June. We are releasing 3 digital 45s with the old-school A-side and B-side, and each A-side has a video as well. [The first 45 was released at the end of July, the second will be released on August 27th, and the third on September 30th.] It has been a fun project involving a lot of friends, including my friend Dani Barbieri from Little Lou Productions who is creating all of the videos for me.
So, you’ll be back in Philly this Friday night. What do you enjoy about playing Philly shows?
Well, it’s nice to get home to see friends and family, and there are a lot of good restaurants to check out!
I know that you’ve been writing songs since a young age, what is your songwriting process?
The songwriting process changes, you know. It depends on the different inspirations that arise. Sometimes it is a conscious thing, other times it comes very naturally from emotions that you are feeling. Recently I was part of a songwriting group where each week we wrote a new song based on a phrase that was emailed to everyone. When the songs were done, we could comment on other people’s songs or collaborate with them to help finish the song.
So, do you eat, breathe & sleep music? I mean, is it your entire life? What do you do in your spare time?
Yeah, music is pretty much my whole life. But, I like to cook and I like arts & crafts; I make jewelry. Plus, living in Brooklyn, there is so much to do so I am trying to take in a lot of the city.
What can people expect when they come out to a Nicky Egan show?
We are basing our live show around the new material, so there is a mix of rock and soul. On this tour it’s me and my band. Sometimes when we play closer to Brooklyn, we will have a larger band with more people that we know.
Speaking of members of your band, I know that Vanessa Winters, of Philly-based band
The Lawsuits has sung backup vocals with you. What is your connection?
Oh yes! Vanessa, she is a sweetheart. We actually went to high school together. We do keep in touch but we haven’t played together recently.
Well, I do have one final question for you. If you could work with any musician, past or present, who would it be?
Oooh, that’s a tough one. I would have to say Booker T. [long pause]
Either Booker T. or Danger Mouse. Everything that Danger Mouse has put out has been great.
Tickets for Nicky Egan’s Friday night show at the Blockley can be found here.