NYCK is a duo with two people. Nick Acquroff and Dominique Garrard. You may think that their name is pronounced "Nick" but with a 'Y', however it's actually pronounced "n-y-c-k". Don't make the same mistake as Ben did. Especially if you're guests in their home wanting to take photos of everything there.
NYCK are a pretty new band with their first single "Decision" having only just come out in the middle of 2016 (instantly making Triple J and their listeners crazy emotional). So it was quite fitting to find that Nick (from NYCK) lives in a pretty new house too. Tucked away in Clifton Hill, NYCK's studio occupies the bottom floor of Nick's flashy 3-story share house. It is definitely the nicest share house I've ever been to. Fully functioning toilets, some legit healthy looking house plants and a classy selection of tea. However, I did spot hidden away a framed portrait of Kramer from Seinfeld which seems to be a staple for every inner city share house that has ever existed. I guess Kramer did have some mad steeze and was always up to all sorts of high jinks. But wasn't Michael Richards pretty damn racist in the end?
We spent about an hour in NYCK's Nick's living room drinking tea and talking about how they write music. NYCK's first EP Alive was written by Nick over the space of 12 weeks, coming off a transitional time of his life the music became his therapy and as a result listening to it is quite heartbreaking. Ben said he felt like Nick was speaking straight to his soul and he felt like the only girl in the world (that's not exactly verbatim but I'm pretty sure that's what Ben meant).
When we hung out in the studio, it was a very spacious yet small but bare place. If I was any sort of music writer or writer in general, I'd probably be able to really nicely (and articulately) draw some parallels between their writing space and their music. Because just like their music, the studio has a lot of empty space and darkness and in the middle of it all is just Nick and Dom sitting behind a keyboard and you've got nothing to distract yourself from their delicate voices. It's like floating around in space where there's just infinite darkness and you feel super alone but as a result it makes you focus and really appreciate every little sound and movement around you.*
Thanks again to NYCK for having us.
*Please note: I've never actually been to space just making most of these assumptions based off the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.