Nakuu is an R&B/Soul artist from York, PA. He started performing at his church at the age of seven. By thirteen, he was writing and producing his own songs.
His smooth vocals and rapping style came from a combination of his mother’s vocal talents and father’s musical abilities, who sung and played keyboard in The S.O.S. Band, and influenced by Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.
“Looking back, we had seen Nakuu’s name around a couple times; when he submitted for LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival 2017 and was selected to play, and when he popped up as an opener on one of our CI shows quite a while back. It wasn’t until we reviewed his submission that we were able to piece together just why the name rang a bell. All of a sudden, the entire office was like ‘wait…this is that kid who killed it on that one show a while back, and who was awesome at LAUNCH!’ Nakuu is the total package…the voice, the stage presence, the songwriting, and the drive.”
Check out the interview with this rising talent below.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you start, how long have you been performing, what kind of music do you play, etc.
I always grew up around musically talented people, but I started making my own music around 8th or 9th grade, when I first got my own studio equipment. My dad was a songwriter and performer, and is a founding member and composer for The S.O.S. Band from the 70’s. My mother is a great singer as well.
I have been performing on stage since around 3rd grade, doing school talent shows, and plays. Instrument wise, I play the piano, but I learned by ear. I never took any professional lessons. I record my own music and other artists in my home studio. I cater mostly to Hip Hop or R&B in this capacity.
Without the help of a big team what has been the biggest struggle for you as a DIY artist?
The biggest struggle for me was being put on a platform to reach a bigger audience, such as, getting bigger shows. Recently, CI has been able to get me a week-long run with the platinum artist, PnB Rock, as well as opening slots throughout the Northeast with JA Rule, Tekashi 6ix 9ine, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Dave East, Philadelphia Freeway, and more! It’s been incredible!
How did you hear about ReverbNation and our opportunities for labels and artists? Had you heard of CI Records before this opportunity?
I first heard about ReverbNation a couple years ago from a friend that got a gig from ReverbNation. He told me it was a good website to bring you opportunities. I later found that true because I got a gig at the NBA Atlanta Hawks stadium in 2013. It was a great experience. I heard of CI records from everywhere in the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They even have there own storefront, so it’s hard to miss them. I knew they worked with rock music and the people they worked with have been doing good, so I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to try to get my foot in the door. That’s when I entered their A&R contest through ReverbNation!
What was the submission process like? What was your reaction when you found out that you were picked for this opportunity?
I basically performed in front of them and didn’t even know it at the time. Then I submitted, and it surprised me when they wanted to work with me! My reaction was priceless because I knew it was a step further in my career and a big tool to get me to the next level.
What are you hoping to achieve with CI Records? What are your goals?
I hope to achieve great success and reach certain goals that I have in life, such as, perform with my favorite artist on the same stage, get my music to reach millions of fans, and be put in a situation where I can help those around me reach their goals and dreams as well.
Any advice for new musicians just starting out? How do you get your name out there, find new fans, keep fans engaged, get noticed by labels etc?
My advice to new musicians is to never give up, no matter what, because people will try to bring you down, because they didn’t reach their dream. So they think the people around them shouldn’t either. YOU are in control of your life and you determine what the outcome of your life/career will be. You get your name out there by making good music and going hard every day. Fans will stay engaged if you keep dropping FIRE music. The more fans you gain, the more the labels will start noticing you; make them come to you (but put yourself out there!)
What’s up next for Nakuu?
New music, new shows, new merchandise for the fans and more positive vibes! The TAKE OVER!