Nikolas Roche is 10 years old from Chelsea, London and his song ‘Things Don’t Always Go Your Way’ was selected as a top 40 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category. We caught up with Nikolas recently to talk about all things songwriting!
What inspired you to write your song? One day just before Song Academy, I met my friend and we went to play in our school playground but it was raining. That made me think later that ’Things don’t always go your way’ which became the title of my song
What got you into writing songs? I was originally inspired by my brother. I also liked singing and improvisation and also I found that writing songs gave me an easy way to express my feelings. When I am writing a song I feel free, and not afraid to give away how I feel. When I finish I like having written my own song.
What is your favourite part of the songwriting process? I love coming up with the main idea and starting the song, like figuring out the melody and figuring out my first few lyrics. I always feel I have completed something at that point and it makes me want to continue the process.
Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio? Pen and paper
How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?Usually I think about things that happened that day or recently – a month or a week ago. Or sometimes problems I have or positive things that have happened.
Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?I can name a lot but my favourite artists would be: Imagine Dragons, Da Baby, Travis Scott, The Weeknd
What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it? I’m participating in Song Academy Chelsea
What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them? Here are some tips: 1) Don’t be afraid to start the song writing – its great fun! 2) Try Song Academy because no-one judges you there and you are allowed to express yourself. 3) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, 4) There is nothing wrong about your song: it’s YOUR song!
What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with? My brother Alex Roche
What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition? I like the fact that it gives us a chance to showcase our skills and that we have an audience who will listen to our songs.