Nikolas is 9 years old, from Chelsea, London.  His song ‘Forgotten City’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Nikolas and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  My inspiration came from the book ‘The city of Ember’ which is about a mythical city that is losing its power because it is underground. I started from there and my song talks about this city and about how it won its power back.

How long have you been writing songs?  I have written 5 songs already – I have been writing for nearly 2 years now

How did you get into songwriting? I started song-writing because my brother inspired me with his songs to try as well

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Songwriting allows me to use my imagination in many different ways. It also helps me to try new ideas and to experiment.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part is writing the lyrics. In particular when I start a new song I get very excited because it’s like I am starting a totally new story…. I also like the part when I make up ‘the bridge’ because this is the big change in the song…

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? I find the most difficult thing to be coming up with the main idea of the song at the very beginning of the process. Usually I have so many things I could write about and I can’t choose….

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I always start with the melody before I write the lyrics but I have thought of the main idea beforehand – so I have the big idea, then the music and then the lyrics

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I felt very excited when I heard that my song made it into the Top 30 – its the first time and I guess it is nice to know that others also like what you write

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Imagine Dragons is my favourite band! I love Believer and Thunder. I also love London Calling by the Clash which I am currently playing at drums.

10 years from now you will be… I will be 19yrs and I guess I will be in university studying – I have lots of things in my list of favourites: singing, being a businessman, playing football, acting and musician… It’s so difficult to choose….

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  Playing football or playing the drums

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.