"to think I was ever supposed to do something else is absolutely insane to me"
Born in the outskirts of Chicago, Nick Karcher was always an artist. While other kids were on the playground, Nick had a wide ruled notebook and sat atop the slide – never going down – just watching and writing down whatever lyrics were stuck in his head; often times changing them so he could recieve a “writing credit” in the album booklet. As he grew older, of course life happened but one thing always stayed the same according to Nick. He knew he was not going to work a nine to five.
“Music is something that has gotten me through, like, seventy five percent of my life so to think that I was ever supposed to do something else as a career is absolutely insane to me,” he says in an oversized shredded Metallica t-shirt, black skinny jeans and Doctor Martens (which his friends considers his trademark outfit). No, he doesn’t actually listen to Metallica, he admits. “I like their song Fuel, Avril Lavigne covered it,” he says. He grew up absorbing his mother’s favorite 80’s rock n roll bands, his dad’s hippie country artists and his favorite — early 2000’s pop rock. He cites Lavigne, Ashlee Simpson, Alanis Morisette and The Pretty Reckless as his earliest and biggest influences.
“Something about rock music has always moved me, to me, especially when female fronted, it is so honest and raw. And I love how pop music can also be those things but it is so much lighter on the soul. I like to think I’m a good blend of those. You can listen to me and cry or you can put on a different song of mine and rock out but still feel something. I think that’s what music is missing today, you know? The number one song in America has three words in its chorus and to me that’s absolutely tragic. Where’s the heart? Where’s the soul? I think the general public mistakes those for having to be sad, you don’t have to be sad.”
After releasing just three songs, Karcher was gaining traction in the midwest. Every dollar he made off his first single What U Wanna Do? – which amassed over a thousand streams in just a month of release – was invested back into more music.
“I put out a second single, Love Ain’t, that nobody really listened to and to be honest, I was going broke trying to fund my career. I felt like the small audience I had, had lost interest in me, you know? Thank God, I was dating a douchebag and Don’t Call Me Anymore happened because without that song we wouldn’t be talking right now.”
The song, a rock and dance pop fusion with an addictive chorus and a rap-sung bridge, which Karcher says he hope Kesha hears one day, caught the attention of “literally almost everybody I knew,” he says. “That’s the song that kinda made people start taking me serious.” The song immediately shot straight above his entire discography on streaming services.
Nick Karcher’s husky voice, soulful lyrics and gives no f**k attitude will make him a force in pop music in the years to come. “I know people are gonna say I can’t sing or that my music sounds like it’s ten years old, whatever. I’m not trying to be Ariana Grande and I’m not trying to be Maroon 5. I don’t need my song on the radio every five minutes, I just wanna be me.”
Don’t Call Me Anymore was taken from Nick’s debut EP Do Not Disturb. The five track set was released on March 1, 2019 and was streamed over 10,000 times in its first two weeks.