We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Vann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The deeper I’ve gotten with turning music into a career the more the lines are blurred between work and life. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thinking about what I could be doing or should be doing. I can definitely get caught up in the stress of things and the work can start to feel heavy and unapproachable. I’ve been learning that if I’m going to really do this for the rest of my life I’ve got to find the joy in the day-to-day minutia of the music biz. And to remember that all the tedious BS is a small price to pay to get to do what I love. All that said, I’m stoked for the day when I get to put down the grind sometimes and go do more spontaneous travels and activities.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m probably. most proud of this Corona Collab record I’m about to release. It’s a cool blend of different styles and personalities that I wouldn’t expect to ever be on a record together. Getting to work with some of my heroes and best friends is what it’s all about. And it’s just getting started. The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far (and I still think I’m a newbie) is that it’s all about relationships. Between people, but also between you and the art. Gotta keep those relationships lighthearted and healthy and honest. Because you’re always gonna be working with other people, and you’re always gonna be working with your art.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Man, I love Boulder. I’m really proud to be born & raised here. My favorite spot in Boulder is Flagstaff – the top, the middle, the back… all of it. I’d probably take this homie up Flagstaff once or twice – once for a mountain cruise and once on a hike. We’d hang by the creek and probably get on a mountain bike ride, get outside as much as possible. Hit the casual spots like Zoe Ma Ma, Snarfburger… and then a nice dinner somewhere on Pearl. I have a soft spot for Rocky Mountain National Park so we’d rock up there and, if the friend isn’t too scared, hit Longs Peak.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Award show card already on deck: Number one is the fam – day 1 supporters and encouragers. Couldn’t do it without them. Major shoutout to our agent Logan, Matt McElwain, Tanner Fruit, Jake Syrenne, Justin Neely, Brad at Evergroove, Adam Deitch, the Cervantes, AEG and Z2 crews, Stasik, Alan Evans, Gunter with all the designs, Kunj, Hillary, Adam Bradley at CU… And probably most importantly all my homies who tell me I’m not done yet.
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