Niki Colet makes music that could score your coming-of-age story

Photos by Adela Locsin, courtesy of Niki Colet

Life can’t always be accompanied by a killer soundtrack, but who cares if you can sure as hell make your own? Singer-songwriter Niki Colet knows this. Her songs have a nostalgic quality to them — the kind that you imagine to play in the background of your own coming-of-age movie.

Niki was 10 when she began writing songs. Two years later, she decided that she wanted to pursue music. Fresh out of college, the 23-year-old decided to take a chance last year and pursue music full time.

Having attended the prestigious Elements Music Camp (alongside Reese Lansangan and Paolo Guico of Ben&Ben, no less), launched a self-titled debut EP, and currently playing gig after gig, it’s no surprise that Niki’s been working to fulfill her childhood dream.

The road to her second EP wasn’t without its bumps, but now she’s ready to shine with You Still Show Up in My Dreams, her first official single, co-produced by Ang Bandang Shirley’s Ean Aguila. Niki spoke to us about her musical journey and her plans for the upcoming EP.

“I’m going to be a stereotypical loopy artist now and say that for me, sometimes the art you make takes on a life of its own and asks you, as the artist, to make it what it needs to be.” – Niki Colet

Young STAR: Can you tell us about how you got started in music and how you got to where you are as a musician now?

Niki Colet: I loved music from a very young age. My parents sometimes laugh about how when I was a baby, I would cry every time they put on a Brian McKnight CD, and then stop as soon as they paused the music.  I wrote my first song at the age of ten, really enjoyed the process and was proud of what came out of it. Every time I’d finish something, I’d show it to a friend or a family member, and I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who were very supportive. Looking back, the songs themselves weren’t all that great, but I think the positive feedback really encouraged me to keep at it. Songwriting became almost like a part of my body — it was through music that I processed my emotions and experiences.

Heartshaker: Niki  Colet’s new single was co-produced by Ang Bandang  Shirley’s Ean Aguila.

A lot of your songs cut pretty deep and usually seem to tackle very personal experiences. How would you describe your current style?

I would classify my current style as folk-inspired indie pop, with raw songwriting and dreamy melodies. I think with You Still Show Up in My Dreams and the EP I’m working on now, I’m developing my musical style and figuring out what my songs want to sound like, production-wise. I’m going to be a stereotypical loopy artist now and say that for me, sometimes the art you make takes on a life of its own and asks you, as the artist, to make it what it needs to be.

 

“My music is the product of many things — I believe that this is true of all artists, that we each have such a unique cocktail of interests, experiences, and worldviews, and these things kind of incubate within us to create a very specific vessel from which our works flow.”

 

My music is the product of many things — I believe that this is true of all artists, that we each have such a unique cocktail of interests, experiences, and worldviews, and these things kind of incubate within us to create a very specific vessel from which our works flow. One day, a friend of mine told me, “Your lyrics sound like scenes from a movie,” and maybe the cinematic writing is a product of that love for film. Another fellow musician also commented that my EP sounded like it could be a soundtrack to a film, so that interest manifests itself in different ways in my music, I guess.

What can we expect from your upcoming EP? More darts sa hearts, perhaps?  

The songs have several different threads and running themes that tie them together, and one of them is the sense of experiencing disillusionment for the first time, having life come at you in many different beautiful, painful, joyous, and violent ways, and learning to roll with the punches, to take things as they are. One of the things I wanted to say with the EP is that maybe the world isn’t magical in the way we think it is as kids and adolescents, but it’s realer and fuller and more complicated and also beautiful in a way that dreams can never be. And there’s a different kind of magic present there.

Follow Niki on Facebook and Instagram. Listen to You Still Show Up In My Dreams on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Soundcloud.

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