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Nick Urb

Nick Urb

Singer/Songwriter

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Had a blast in Chicago last weekend! Can’t wait to come back.

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Hi! Since you liked the question I asked you last time I have another one(or two or three..) for you, perhaps a bit more difficult: Why do you think "We Were Able" is your most popular song? (interestingly "My Sweet Mind" Is 2nd on Spotify and also has a very similar riff) When you made the song did you feel it would be the one that people would enjoy the most? If it's not your favorite song (of your own), what do you like most about it and what have you learned from creating it/ the feedback?
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Hey there!  Another great question, or questions I suppose.  

Answer to question 1:

Well, the reason that “We Were Able” is my most popular song on Spotify is because it’s on one of the more popular playlists.  However, I feel the reason that people are enjoying that song is because it’s so simple and relatable.  I feel like everyone has felt that way at some point in their life. (As for the “My Sweet Mind” comment, it’s really just second because that is the other song that is on a more popular playlist.) 

Answer to question 2:

I never really think about which song’s people are going to enjoy or not.  I honestly write the songs for myself when I need to get something off my chest.  I figure, there are always going to be people that love your songs, and there are always going to be people that hate your songs.  That’s just the way it goes.  I really enjoy that song though. So the fact that, what seems to be, a lot of other people are enjoying it as well just makes it that much more special to me. It really makes me feel like I’ve really connected with some people. 

Answer to question 3:

I’m not sure that I can pick an absolute favorite out of the songs I’ve written, but, like I said before, I really enjoy “We Were Able”.  It’s definitely one of my favorites to play live.  What I like most about it is probably just the honesty that it has.  It just says what it needs to say. What I’ve learned from the response people seem to be having to it, is just that people don’t care how catchy a song is, they just want to feel something from it. As I said in the answer to your second question,  I really just write the songs to help myself through tough times.  So I’ve really learned that relating to songs is the most important thing as a listener. With that being said, I’ll keep writing from my heart and I hope people can feel that. 

Again, thank you for another amazing set of questions! If you have more, I’m always here to answer them for you.  Much love. 

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I feel like cutting myself and I'm trying so hard no to I just can't handle anything anymore
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Well I’m not sure of the situation you’re dealing with, but I can promise you that you’re not alone in it!  If you feel like you have no one else to talk to, I’m always here to be that person.  You should send me a message not anon and we can definitely have a more private conversation about it.  I know that may seem like a tough thing to do, but I’m more than willing to help out.  Anyway, I promise you’re not alone and that I will always be there to listen when you feel like no one else will.  Much love and I hope you decide you feel like having a talk about it. 

 (This goes for anyone who is ever feeling low.  I promise that I am always here for you.  Even if that just means you need someone to listen. Much love.)

Just to be able to make people this happy is my dream. 

(Source: nickurb, via nickurb)

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Hey! I've listened to your album quite a few times and had a question about the production aspect of it. As a guitarist, what is it like/what does the process look like in creating a song like "Matter of time" that has a bunch of other instruments and tunes? Did you envision those other sounds when you initially wrote it? On a slightly related note, what's the song creation process like in general? Lyrics first? Acoustic sound? Full instrumental then lyrics?
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Hey there, great question!  Well, the process usually goes one of two ways. I either have a little guitar riff that I enjoy, and then build the melody and lyrics around that, or I have a melody and lyric line that sticks with my, and I build the guitar part from that.  As for Matter of Time,  it started with the little guitar line that opens the song.  I kept playing that and it just felt right. So I started hearing a melody and then the lyrics came.  Almost always though, the song is completed lyrically and structurally with just my voice and an acoustic guitar.  Then I demo that out and just start building the arrangement around that demo.  I definitely hear other instruments and stuff though when I am initially writing with the acoustic.  Thanks again for the great question! I hope that answered it.  Much love. 

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You're incredible <3
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Right back at you! :)

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You're one of the most underrated artists I know. Your voice is just plain gorgeous, and you seem to have a pretty awesome personality as well. Ugh, amazing. You are amazing.
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Aww, well thank you so much for that!  I really appreciate the kind words.  I’m sure you’re amazing!  Much love. 

These lyrics are so incredibly moving.  Flawless songwriting.