The multifaceted 19-year old British-Asian singer-songwriter and producer Niki Kini reigns from the UK with a left-of-center pop sound strengthened by UK roots.
Gravitating towards songwriting and producing after gaining some traction on her YouTube channel by performing covers, Niki Kini has played into her musical influences to establish her sound. With her inspirations including artists such as Amy Winehouse, P!nk, Rihanna, Miraa May, and D-Block Europe, she uses their unapologetic attitude as a muse and imprints those traits in the lyrics of her songs.
Fusing together an ethereal ambiance that flourishes in a kingdom of reverberated echoes, the chamber of Niki Kini’s “Better Off,” emits a surge of confidence in the bolstering timbres she effortlessly exudes. As we navigate through the dissonant vibrations, the mid-tempo bashfulness of her unapologetic persona storms into this soundscape in a way that constructs the salutary framework that strengthens this composition.
It’s near impossible to deviate from Niki Kini’s artistry as “Better Off” lances the soundwaves before you. Her authentic desire to portray the messaging that she brings to life reflects on the unique tenors etched into her undeniable sound. “Better Off,” has delicate attributes seeping throughout the instrumentation but the conviction that Niki Kini infuses into the words of profound meaning conveyed is dominant. The resilient characteristics that form her charisma are irrefutable. You find yourself gravitating towards her quintessence in a lucid manner.
Combining Niki Kini’s love for UK Hip-hop and the reminiscent throwbacks to childhood Pop nostalgia, it’s safe to say her sound pulls from the unsurpassed components that make these genres what they are. Forming her own lane of artistic vulnerability in the versatility she alluringly displays, Niki Kini is one to keep your eyes on.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Niki Kini. We love your latest single "Better Off." What inspired the lyrics that we hear on this track?
The lyrics were inspired by a mix of both personal experiences and something one of my close friends was going through. I wanted the song to be a reminder to myself and anyone listening that you shouldn’t have to wait around for someone who isn’t worth sticking around for!
In your own words, what does the carefully crafted meaning of "Better Off" mean to you? What are you hoping that your fan base takes away from it?
I wanted to write a song about finally getting over someone and the relief that can come with that because you know that person was no good for you. The underlying message in ‘Better Off’ is definitely about self-worth. I hope that anyone listening to ‘Better Off’ will feel empowered enough to love and leave someone if it’s a toxic relationship because that’s not always an easy thing to do.
Could you please share a look into the creative and recording process that you went through in order to bring this song to life?
My producer and I had been in the studio a few times that week and ‘Better Off’ was the third track we’d done and something about it was so different from any of the other tracks we’d worked on. It just felt right, the energy in the studio that day was perfect and I was obsessed with the production. The first lyric that popped into my head was ‘Miss you even though you weren’t mine to miss’ and from there I really ran with the concept of having someone on my mind even though I knew I wasn’t on his. A lot of the adlibs n harmonies were really just improv when we were recording but we ended up keeping them all!
What happens to be your favorite part of your artistic journey? Does that translate into the music that you create?
My favorite part of my artistic journey so far has probably been personal growth. Since I first started doing writing and recording sessions, I feel like I’ve become so much more confident in my writing, singing, and even production! It’s not been a straightforward journey, I didn’t put out music for 2 years but it’s cool to have come out the other side feeling like I know what I’m doing. I can now confidently go into a session and say exactly what I’m thinking without second-guessing myself and so I think it’s definitely translated into the music that I create. It’s taken me a minute to have the courage to do that so it’s really rewarding to look back at who I was and who I am now.
What's next for you?
I can’t wait to keep putting out more singles for the time being. I’ve been working on a lot of different material over the last couple of years really working out exactly what I want my sound to be and it’s been super exciting to play around with different genres and vibes so now I’m just ready to share my sound with the world. I’m in game mode and I’m ready to go!