Raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, NIKI got her first guitar at nine years old after watching a documentary on Taylor Swift. At 15, she won a music contest to open for Taylor Swift’s concert in NIKI’s hometown. Moving to the United States for college, she began releasing music under the 88rising label. NIKI’s newest album “Nicole” brings out her younger self, reimagining songs she wrote as a teenager.
When thinking of the power of sound, it's easy to go loud. Roaring crowds, blasting speakers, and crashing thunder. Yet turning down the sound holds just as much power as heavy noise. Silence allows you to hear the little noises. The steady rhythm of a heartbeat, the crackle of a fire. The quiet brings out parts of yourself you never knew existed.