Interview: "Get Back in the Groove" - Niki Kennedy
Q: “Get Back in the Groove” is such a feel-good song! What did the writing process look like for this track?
Niki: Thank you! I wrote it when I was in a bit of a funk and wanted to make myself feel better. I wanted to recreate the warmth and nostalgia I feel when I listen to the music I grew up with so I started with the bassline and built it up musically from there. With the lyrics, I really wanted them to be a subtle reminder that we need to be gentle with ourselves. I wrote the song shortly after New Year's in 2021, and I'm guilty of always putting so much pressure on myself as if there is a magic reset button on January 1st, when the reality is sometimes it just takes some time to get back into the swing of things, and that's okay, too. Now that I'm sharing it and it's out there, I just hope it makes people feel good and gives them a bit of a boost!
Q: When did you start making your own music?
Niki: I was always making up songs as a kid running 'round the backyard but I was probably 11 or 12 when I got the writing bug.
Q: What song are you most proud of from your complete discography?
Niki: Oooh that's a great question. Probably "Fall Back Into You." I feel like it currently best represents my brain and artistry and a shift in trusting my own instincts and ears. A lot of work went into it and I feel confident in saying it makes me proud. My favourite, though, is "The Last Night (Dancing With You)."
Q: Is there any album you think is the perfect “no-skip” record, front to back?
Niki: That's such a tough one because I'm SUCH an album person and I have sooo many faves, but no skip? Tricky. I'd have to say Carole King's "Tapestry" or Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours."
Q: If you could meet any artist in the world, dead or alive, who would you pick and why?
Niki: Probably Celine Dion. She is a good part of the reason why I started singing and I'd love to thank her.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Niki: Remember the "why." It can be really easy to get caught up in the noise but whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed, I come back to why I do this and how much I love music... It grounds me and encourages me to keep going.
Written By Sarah Curry