We had the good fortune of connecting with Nev Neskoska and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nev, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I was watching an interview of a music producer I admired many years ago. His number one tip when creating music was to keep pounding the idea out with a hammer the moment it comes to you. Don’t get distracted. Don’t take any long breaks. Sit down and let all the creative juices flow and very often you will end up with the close-to-final product that day. There’s something about the moment you first think of something that allows your mind to roam into a judge-free, “anything is possible” space. This is true for both lyrics and music in my opinion. Try it out next time!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I do pop/electronic/hip-hop fusion for my artist music and I do children’s music and love songs for clients! What I want the world to know about my music is that I am here to push buttons, tell the truth and make people smile. I love to write about taboo topics. It’s like a 90s music storytelling vibe with a little more attitude.
One of the things that makes artists and musicians successful is their own constant reminder that they haven’t “made it” yet. Obviously it is good to acknowledge milestones, but because we have this drive to do and achieve more, we are in a continuous path of tiny, tiny success. Don’t be too hard on yourself though! It’s definitely been a winding road. Nothing came easy. It took me several “mistakes” before I finally allowed myself to choose music as my path. I was taught in my family to be very practical with my career choice so I became a teacher. After graduating from college, I got a job as an admissions counselor in Chicago. I was simply exhausted. Getting home at 6:30pm, waking up at 7am to catch the bus. I realized I had to drop everything and focus on music wholeheartedly. This doesn’t mean that you can’t hold a job and peruse your dreams; you just have to make sure that you are leaving enough time in the day for your passion. Passion is everything. There isn’t much I can tell the world about my story just yet. I just am a former ESL student looking to show off my English skills through my music! If Covid-19 has taught us anything it’s that time and life are precious. Spend your days and years doing something you love!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food is about 80% of my life and my lyrics definitely reflect that. So if I were to show my best friend around, it would strictly revolve around food. It’s 2am, I’m writing this and my stomach is growling! I’d take them to Leo’s Superfood Vegan Cafe for breakfast in Northridge. We’d each get a portion of “Leo’s breakfast burrito” with vegan chorizo, veggies and their famous lime cashew crema. We then wash it down with a stack of their homemade pancakes. We’d wait for the food to settle and go for our second dessert at Magpies Softserve for the best vegan ice cream. The end. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My former professors Pat Pattison and Jon Aldrich. One made me a sound lyricist; the other gave me music & arrangement tips of a lifetime.