Q: What has been one of the most significant moments of your musical journey so far?
NICK CATOIRE: Honestly, going through my first breakup was probably the most significant moment so far because it inspired me to write my upcoming EP. I grew up in the swamps of Louisiana, never telling anyone I was gay, and feeling like I’d never find love. Then one day I met my first love, and the next year was a dream come true. Then it all came crashing down. It felt like everything in me shattered. I felt stupid for letting myself believe love could be possible. And I was able to process a lot of those emotions through writing these songs. There are so many things I wasn’t able to say to him, and these songs really gave me the chance to say what I needed to. My musical journey would have been very different if that hadn’t happened.
Q: We noticed you just starting releasing music this year, how has this experience been for you?
NICK: I wasn’t fully sure what to expect going into releasing things. I definitely had some nervousness because I’ve spent the last few years singing covers and kind of gaining an audience that way, and I wasn’t sure if transitioning into releasing my own music would be accepted. It’s one thing to sing popular songs that people love, but when you change it up and say, “Hey, this is my experience, this is my music.” There’s a lot more vulnerability in that and I was really hoping that my music would touch people and reach people in the same way that the songs I was covering did. Thankfully, I feel like it definitely has. People have been incredibly supportive, sharing my music, doing covers of it. My song “I Can’t Look At You Now” started blowing up in the UK and all over Europe which was insane to me. Beyond what I expected for my first releases for sure.
Q: What has been one of your most favorite memories along the path to making the track?
NICK: I think the writing process of it was probably my favorite part. I was really frustrated and feeling stuck with these hookups that never went anywhere real. I was hitting the apps hard but all I found were guys who only saw me as that app torso pic. And afterwards, when they left and I was all alone, I felt nothing but emptiness. Writing this song helped me confront that darkness and come to terms with it.
Q: What do you do when you AREN’T working on music?
NICK: Oh probably watching Drag Race. haha. Or Legendary. I’m a huge TV fanatic and I love everything queer. I’m in the middle of watching “La Veneno” right now. SO good. I’m crying like every ep, it’s beautiful. If anyone out there reading this is a fan, PLEASE SHOOT ME AN IG DM SO WE CAN BE BEST FRIENDS
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one song or album to listen to, what would it be?
NICK: The Fame Monster. Lady Gaga. Too many bops. I would be jamming on that beach just starving to death.
Q: What is coming next for you?
NICK: Oh just stuff with some major magazines, a few amazing producers, some super cool music videos and maybe even a little tour 🙂 And definitely some collaborations with other queer artists! It’s time for the queer pop takeover- STAY TUNED! <3
Interviewed by Stephanie Pankewich
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