Explain who you are for those who don’t know.
My name is Nako G. I’m 18 years old and I’m an independent artist, songwriter, pianist, and producer from the DMV area.
How did you come up with your name?
Nako is a part of my first name, Nakohri, which is Egyptian. The G stands for Genius. Growing up, my teachers said I had a gift for writing. I never thought anything of it until I got into music and my peers and even strangers who listened to my music would tell me I was a genius with the pen game.
Where are you from?
I’m from Newport News, Virginia. The 757, home of many talented people such as Pusha T, Michael Vick, Allen Iverson, the big homie D.R.A.M. and many other talented folks.
Whats it like growing up where your from?
Everyone is cousins with Michael Vick or Allen Iverson. (That’s a joke) lol. On a serious note, we have a lot of talent here in Virginia from photography, visual arts, and music to sports, dance, and theatre! We do it all. Growing up in Virginia, I was bound to get into something in efforts of staying out of trouble. I use to play basketball but music is my niche.
How did you get into music?
I taught myself the piano and began writing songs at the age of 12. I started producing at the age of 13. I have music in my blood and soul. At 16 I began performing at Venues in different cities and states with some of my other peers who make music as well. Traveling to places I have never been and having so many people know the words to my songs is such an exhilarating feeling. I had to keep pushing.
What makes you different than other artists?
When I say this I mean this in the most humblest of ways. I took the time to develop myself, not only as an artist, but as a producer and songwriter as well. Most artist that I hear today just rap over YouTube beats and their songs all sound the same. I’m not knocking any artist’s hustle, but me personally I choose to be the black sheep. I want my music to stick out like a sore thumb. When I’m in the studio working on a beat or writing a song I’m always thinking of creative and innovative ways I can be different.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on an 11-track album titled, Genesis. I’m hoping to release this project as soon as fall comes. This summer, I’m dropping hits after hits and working with some reputable sources to establish a solid fan base. Also, I’m producing a couple projects for multiple artist and doing some guest features as well. So I currently, have a lot on my plate at the moment but it’s all worth it.
Anything you would like to say?
I simply want to build a solid foundation and a music family through networking and traveling. It’s all about the connections and relationships you establish in this lifetime. Relationships are most important! I want to inspire the youth through my music. It’s more to life than what it seems!