A&A: Tell us about yourself.
Onicks: My name is Onicks. I’m a dark, edgy, villainous recording artist based in Los Angeles, California. I’m going to bring my own vision to the table. With my minions, I WILL take over the free world. My music pieces together my life. I strive to make sure my fans can connect to every word I sing. I’m a performer and I live to scare.
When did you start performing?
I began performing in Denver, Colorado in 2009 under a different alias. I was promoting for a new club and would hire myself as the live entertainment until I moved to Los Angeles and started rocking out all over California.
What was the process/path you took to arrive at your current artistic state?
The moment I let Onicks loose on the world, I did one thing. I told myself I was a pop STAR. That I was already famous. I pushed me so hard for the better. I began recording with the best producers I could find. I would have my close friends show up at clubs before I did and wait by the entrance with their cameras pretending to be OBSESSED fans until people started asking questions. It worked. I knew I needed more so I wrote multiple videos and began work. Low budgets, high production value. I’m still on the path I need to be on. I will never stop.
When did you come out?
I came out to my parents when I was 18. I had been dating my first boyfriend for 9 months and he was completely out to his family so I felt pressured into telling my own. I remember being so terrified. I actually sent my mother a TXT telling her that I was in a relationship with a boy. To my surprise, my mother completely accepted me. My father ignored the subject entirely. When graduation came along, my boyfriend and I went to each other’s ceremonies. I was terrified and excited. I’ve never looked back and I always make it my mission to help those in need of guidance!
What fellow GLBT artists inspire you?
I really enjoy Sam Sparro as well as the evil tones of Jeffree Starr. Personally, I’m a man of the past. There was a gay artist by the name of Jobriath in the 70s and 80s that I adore as well. I get a lot of inspiration from Prince, David Bowie, Daphne Guiness, and Michael Jackson. Their passion excites me!
Tell us about your latest song and video (below). It’s very animalistic (LOL)!
Manimal is my first sexual song. It’s about laying down the law. Telling your lover that you are no one’s animal. You are a MAN who’s going to take control now that you’re unleashed. The video is a metaphor. I am battling myself which was a challenge for me to write as a script but turned out so stunning! This man in the video that I portray has ultimate power over these ‘animals’ until one of them steals the upper hand! Then, you see his journey to reclaim what has escaped, only to be defeated yet again as the Manimal triumphs! It was a 3 day, 42 hour shoot. The hardest I have ever worked but I have never been more proud!
What will be your next step? What would you love to happen next?
I have actually written two more music videos! They will begin a story. I am the Super Villain so I want to show my fans how I got to that point in the world I’ve created. How did Onicks become the villain? That is what I want to showcase. A series of music videos and a small video series that are all in a specific order. I am extremely excited! We shoot my next video in March! I will also be travelling to Europe and HOPEFULLY Australia and New Zealand in June!
We’d love you to come to New Zealand! What would you like to say to other young GLBT artists who are just starting out?
Always be legitimate! If you’re going to be an artist, BE an artist. Be real with everyone you come across and don’t EVER think that because you’re fresh and new, you must settle. Skip a few steps. Find an investor. Don’t sleep as much as you should. Live for it…and it will live for you!
Anything else you’d like to say?
Please everyone who came across this interview…write to me. I will always fight for you and give you the best advice I possibly can. We are the new age…Here to take over the free world. Are you on board?
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