Nick Santino's debut solo album, Big Skies was released this past May, but for the A Rocket To The Moon frontman it wasn't his first experience with releasing music. Of course, he released plenty of music with his former band. He also released a couple of EPs under the Nick Santino & The Northern Wind moniker. Alternative Addiction recently spoke with Santino about the difference between Nick Santino and Nick Santino & The Northern Wind. He also chatted about the difference between making music in a band and making music as a solo artist.
"It's different, but not in a bad way," began Santino. "With Rocket, it was the guitar player and me writing songs. I couldn't be as honest as I wanted to be with lyrics because it was kind of weird running my personal experiences past another person and then writing a song about it. So, it's kind of nice to be the only person who gets to approve or deny those. I can say what I want to say. It's more work because I don't have anyone to censor me or to help me edit, but I think that's the fun of being a solo artist."
There's a clear difference between the music that Santino makes and the music that A Rocket To The Moon made, but what's not as distinct is the difference between Big Skies and the music that Nick Santino & The Northern Wind put out. There's a simple explanation for that; Nick Santino & The Northern Wind was actually just Nick Santino. That said, Santino got plenty of help from his friends, at least while making Big Skies.
"The only thing that really changed is ironic. Those first two EPs with The Northern Wind, that was just me. I played everything and recorded everything 100%. Then this album, where it's just Nick Santino, I ended up having help from friends who would come over and play some things for me to add something new to the music," explained Santino.
He might have had help from friends recording this new album but this summer while on Warped Tour, Santino is playing acoustic shows. So for his sets, it's just him up there and nobody else. That's something that the singer/songwriter also appreciates.
"Playing acoustically, it's different because I'm the only person on stage. It's like the songwriting part, I get to say what I want to say. There's still a lot more pressure on me for that reason, but I feel like I can be up there and I can be myself. I think I'm more personal when it's just me and an acoustic guitar. I think people can really see who I am when I'm up there."
You can get Big Skies on iTunes and you can see Santino this summer on the remaining Warped Tour dates.