Please explain what just happened.

Just finished listening to “The Mood” on Kid Cudi’s new album.

 

What is your earliest memory?

For some reason I don’t have a lot of memories earlier than age 6… but I distinctly remember missing the school bus on the first day of kindergarten.  My parents told me specifically, “Only ride home on Bus 88,”  which later ended up breaking down.  All of the passengers were told to simply board a new bus, but I refused to accept the change of plans!

 

If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?

An owner of a vending machine company, or maybe I would choose something less glamorous, like crime fighting.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Lots of Thanksgiving leftovers, some Lebanese food, and soy milk.

 

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Live and die by your actions!

 

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age 13?

Knowing my 13 year old self, 25 year old me would probably sound like the teacher in a Peanuts comic strip.

 

If you could only have one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Ryan Adams Love is Hell, naturally.

 

What are three websites – other than your email – that you check on a daily basis?

Facebook, Hipster Runoff (rep SA!) so I know who to make fun of, Escapist Magazine, so I know what video games to make fun of.

 

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

The city of San Antonio serves to be my biggest and brightest muse.

 

Name a book that changed your life.

L.E. Modesitt Jr’s The Magic of Recluse.

 

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

Seeing Sean Elliott hit the Memorial Day Miracle against the Portland Trailblazers in 1999.

 

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

1.  Kevin Bacon was in Sleepers with Rocco Musacchia….
2. Who was in Uptown Girls with Brittany Murphy…
3. Who was in Abandoned with America Young…
4. Who directed the web series Catherine and Annie
5 Which features the Merykid song “Bad Things” in the opening credits!

 

What makes you feel most guilty?

Other NBC teams thinking they can beat the Spurs in 2011.

 

What would you most like to have invented?

Arizona Tea, so I could drink endless amounts of it (the money wouldn’t hurt either).

 

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Just do it.  Thanks Nike.

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

I once told a girl she shouldn’t date Ryan Cabrera.  One person at a time…

 

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Scar killing Mufasa.

 

Of all the game shows that have graced out TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on, and why?

The Price Is Right circa Bob Barker-era, because I know that if I spin the wheel I’d get the jackpot!  I know!

 

What do you want to know?

How to play the clarinet, lottery numbers, when my book is coming out, or is it being written?

 

What would you like your last words to be?

I accept this award, on behalf of Earth, for “Best Magazine Interview.”

 

Please explain what will happen.

They will riot in the streets!

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San Antonio based indie-pop artist Nick Mery, aka Merykid, has become known for his unique brand of music, a quirky blend between pop, folk, and experimental sounds.

With comparisons to artists like Paul Simon, Bon Iver, and Sufjan Stevens, Merykid has created a style as diverse as the South Texas city he calls his home. Self-taught on all instruments, Merykid has released four independent albums, and has charted in the Garageband.com Top 25 for Acoustic Songs. On his first solo EP The Corduroy Crown he wrote and performed every part, including vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bass, harmonica, trumpet, and percussion, while recording it in his producer's closet.

His sophomore album, Boy & The Bird recorded in an abandoned church in San Antonio, was met with critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, putting him on the music industry map with his folk-based work. Merykid shares, “This album was the first experience I had not only writing music for an entire ensemble, but relying on other musicians to play on my album. I was always a solo artist, so it was tough relying on other musicians to emit the same amount of passion for my music and sound, but the album was certainly intensified with the strings and live drums.”

Merykid’s new LP entitled The Raccoon features analog keyboards, live horns, strings, and 808 drum beats, depicts the journey of a man becoming fed up with society, building a spaceship, and leaving Earth. The mash-up of sounds and styles creates a moving ambiance, combining the power of a live band with the groove of a hiphop record. On The Raccoon, Merykid shares, “This album is a journey through the emotions and realities of leaving someone, or somewhere, that you love.”

Merykid has shared the stage with artists such as Blue October, Augustana, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Roger Croeger, Katharine McPhee, Sugarcult, and Sister Hazel, to name a few. Between performing to sold-out crowds in Texas, and hosting a worldwide-broadcast radio show “Live & Local with The Mighty Merykid” every Thursday night in San Antonio, Merykid has already released Live @ Studio A in 2010, and will soon follow with the bluegrass-influenced I’m Wide Awake, It’s Raining EP in 2011.

One response to “21 Questions with Merykid”

  1. The Raccoon is an amazing album. AMAZING! I’ve been listening to it on a loop for a few days now.

    So happy to have you here!

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