By Adriana Rubio
Pictures: Courtesy of Nicky Barot
-Hollywood Music’s Newest Talent-
Nicky Barot, a 19 y/old pop-rocker musician, is already a musical force to be reckoned with, having showcased the skills and drive to become Hollywood music's newest talent.
Nicky jumped into the music world at the age of seven inspired by his father’s music collection – AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses. He received his first six-string guitar and naturally became a student of rock. Around that time Nicky was a self-taught guitarist, but soon after he was called a "prodigy" by his instructors as he was becoming a singer, songwriter and guitarist so quickly.
In 2005, Nicky Barot earned a well deserved victory at the International Presentation of Performers in New York where he fascinated the audience with and outstanding stage presence and impressive guitar licks.
Nicky is the kind of musician who has garnered the attention of top producers and has co-written with some music legends. He found himself working through a collaboration with producer Michael Binikos on a song that was recalibrated to make possible the outcome of his first victorious Demo titled: “What Were You Thinking?” in 2007.
“I was rehearsing with my band at a studio in Los Angeles and, out of the blue, Slash came in. He heard my music and walked into our room to meet me. I also spent time with Doc Holladay. Meeting people who are so successful but still humble inspires me. I feel blessed”.
Inspired by the song's terrific success and making non-stop front-page news, Nicky spent the next three years touring from Orange County, California to Costa Rica, where he delighted thousands of fans with nothing but his voice and an acoustic guitar.
He returned to Southern California a conquering hero where he previously won the Orange County Battle of the Bands, and continued with live performances for the enjoyment of hundreds of fans at Chain Reaction, The Roxy and The House Of Blues.
“Winning Battle of the Bands stands out for me. Playing in Costa Rica was just awesome...”
Nicky Barot devoted the entire year 2011 to co-writing with A-list songwriters such as Kenny Lamb (Justin Timberlake), Anthony Little (Tina Turner, Jessica Simpson), Dave Robbins (Eric Clapton) and Jason Deere (Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes). In between, recording sessions in Nashville and LA took part of his busy schedule as Nicky also made room to shoot a music video while also making a true success television debut on HBO's Hung.
Having drawn from an unparalleled diversity of musical influences, Nicky is especially focused on breaking through being humble and for the most part exceptionally skilled in an industry where you’re eaten alive for a piece of the cake. He has actually demonstrated that talent is definitely the leading force to make your dreams happen.
“Daily circumstances and life mixed with my own musical influences inspire me to write songs. I enjoy the process...that's why I've been at it for 11 years and I'm only 19 now. Life in general gives me inspiration not to mention this crazy world we live in”.
In 2012 Nicky Barot released his new EP titled “Me”, produced by industry veteran Mickey Jack Cones (Kelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean). “Me” crosses the lines of musical and cultural boundaries with full pop-rock tunes shot through tracks to conquer arena venues.
“Dave Grohl is probably my biggest inspiration, though our music is a bit different and we certainly don't look the same!”
While the half-Indian Nicky Barot may not be the spitting image of the Nirvana drummer turned Foo Fighters front man, he certainly is the newest music talent attracting producers and packing up audiences from coast to coast as well as being globally recognized since his music and songwriting style got the attention of London, UK Deuce Management & Promotions.
The Industry said it:
“Nicky is more than an extraordinary singer, songwriter and musician. Nicky is a star! He has it all–talent, drive, focus, commitment, image and personality. You know that rare, indescribable, all-encompassing "it" quality? Nicky has "it.” – Mickey Jack Cones – Producer
“Nicky's writing reveals someone wise beyond their years. He knows what he wants to say, and knows the direction he wants to go musically to be true to who he is as an artist”. – Dave Robbins
“Songwriting is a very personal creative experience, and the connection between songwriters determines the quality of their creative output. Nicky's humble personality, combined with his guitar mastery, creates a wonderful environment to connect and create. Co-writing with Nicky was not only a pleasurable experience–it was magical”. – Anthony Little – Songwriter
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