In the two years since the release of his third album Happy in 2019, life evolved in unexpected waves for New York artist Nic Vivid, who still mourned the loss of both parents in recent years. Then the pandemic struck. âThere have been a number of experiences – good, bad, and weird – that have all kind of struck me during this time of my life,â says Vivid. âI was planning on making a new album after the tour, and I built a studio in a new apartment in Queens. With all the unexpected time without a pandemic, it was like “OK universe, you tell me what kind of album to do.”
He adds, âI really didn’t care. I just wanted to be a channel for a certain type of energy where I could do the most good and make the most inspiring statement possible.
Working on some tracks that were never selected on the debut album, Vivid began to assemble a storyline about the loss and aftermath of an anxiety-filled year through a global plague on No more secrets, released on November 12.
All along No more secrets, everything is clearly reflected, from “Ain’t Enough”, which Vivid started writing around its debut in 2016 Watch it fly, a song that resonates more today. “I kept coming back to it because I knew I had something there, but it didn’t show to me until this time around,” Vivid says of the only older track. of the album.
Revolving around 1970s disco and funk, and around Vivid’s falsetto plume, No more secrets runs through the trance pulses of “We Can Ride” and the softer movements of “Blackmail” and “The Sky is Falling”. The debut single “Hush Money (Straight to the Bribe)” explores her choices, for all the right reasons and bad. âI have to make choices about who I’m going to be and what I’m going to become and live with the consequences of those choices,â Vivid shares. âThe ‘bribe’ in the song is the alluring shortcut to the easier false solution, but for me it doesn’t work. I tried.”
On âTrainers,â accompanied by a lyrical video set like an 8-bit video game from the 1980s, Vivid explains how people define themselves based on foreign elements rather than something more inherent. The first song that took a different turn from the others for Vivid, “Trainers” ultimately set the mood for the rest of the album.
âIt’s about allowing themselves to change some aspect of their life and start over in a different or changed direction if they want to,â says Vivid. âThe pandemic gave me the opportunity to sit down with myself and see what I liked and what I didn’t like. I could imagine myself emerging from the experience as more whole, more complete. Nothing was stopping me, and I had plenty of time in the world to pursue this kind of introspection, so why not.
Born in Buffalo, New York to a DJ dad and rock n ‘roll mom, Vivid moved to New York and started working with Bill Aucoin, former manager of Billy Idol and KISS, before starting to release a part of his own music. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, Vivid, also has some serious dance moves influenced by Jagger, and has kept No more secrets DIY, playing all the instruments and self-producing the album from his home studio.
âIt was just making a dirty and precise album,â said Vivid, who mixed the album on an 80s Yamaha RM2408 console. âI like to play with the gear and change the caps, the op-amps. and transformers to get me closer to the way I want them to sound. ” Another sonic influence for No More Secrets was the âconcreteâ sounds of Vivid’s 1975 Chevrolet touring van engine.
âIt has a certain muscular and metallic vibration in the way it sounds,â says Vivid. âI listened to this thing hum for hours every day on the tour. It really influenced the way I heard the record and the choices I made in the mix. To me, the album smells of white lithium grease.
Lyrically, No more secrets is in search of personal truth, Vivid says, even in his title, a literal nod to revealing secrets often hidden deep within. âWe’re as sick as our secrets,â Vivid says. âI want to be a happy, free and joyful person. How can I get there? Let go of the secrets, get started [them] in nature, in my case, press them on vinyl.
Letting go is liberating, and on No more secrets, Vivid is in her most vulnerable and naked state. âMy favorite bands when I was a kid made me feel like I wasn’t alone in the world,â he says. âI want to have the same kind of relationship with my audience. I believe that connecting on this deeper spiritual level can make this happenâ¦ I am convinced that the more connected I am, the better my art will be.
In mastering the album, along with Dan Millice, Vivid said he felt a hypnotic high after the album was finished, and hopes it will provide the same “liberating vibe” to listeners.
âI’ve worked really hard to make this the kind of album that can take you to that place,â Vivid says, âif that’s where you want to go. “