Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael NiiON.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, I have just released an introductory EP called “One Bed, Two Dreams” which is just my journey to understanding love and how traumas for men can affect our ability to translate the frequencies of connection. Available on all platforms.
Coming to LA was really just gravity it seems. Growing up as a child actor, then being engulfed into the NYC skate world is also a huge influence. From my mother (Linda Strobert) being photographer and immensely invested in the entertainment industry brought me a sense of how the world works from behind the scenes. Skateboarding with Supreme showed me the underground culture of streetwear, art, and fashion. Unknowingly growing up working on film sets molded me for an artists life. I spent more time with the crew and my mom than I did at school with friends.
Transitioning from my life in NYC… surprisingly friends, associates, opportunities, weather, vibration of the west coast all played a part. From music to photography to art, it seemed to be the next stage like on a Mario world map would be LA. I started to create an alternative sound in 2011 while running an online vintage streetwear/couture store in Orlando. Photography didn’t become an idea until 2017 when I met my muse and genius of an artist who Unvailed to me I have an eye for photo. This is what really brought me on this very unbelievable journey. Working with artists, designers, models, and businesses from around the world is a gift in itself. As the journey starts I’ve been staying at the Mosaic Mansion in Hollywood Hills, which truly has given me a new perspective on the ups and downs along with what you put your mind to can become a reality if you delete time as an obstacle.
Going to Full Sail film school, fashion school, private school, and transitioning from small towns to NYC. It has definitely given me a full perspective of the world. I need to understand cultures and how to appreciate everyone for who they are inside and what they can become. Music has been everywhere in this journey for me, but skateboarding is what opened my eyes to the sounds that co-exist with different styles, locations, backgrounds, eras, and cultures. Skate videos really brought sound and film to life for me.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has had many obstacles. Every stage of every lesson is no different from the obstacle courses you see at military academies. The stages aren’t the goals actually, they are the understanding of each execution you need to master. The two biggest obstacles in music for me were cultivating a sound that is me and mine alone. The next was trying to find a platform and aesthetic to deliver this new product to the world in a way the world is unfamiliar with. In photography it was finding models or businesses to believe in your work. (Madeline Dunn) one of the most talented driven women of our generation was one of the first to fully give me an opportunity to grow from shots to art. The following obstacle was to now follow through. The world will always give you what you need to overcome in the form of a puzzle. It’s up to you to find how the pieces can come together to create your picture of the future.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I currently am a music artist and film photographer. (fashion/art/portrait/editorial) I create alternative sound from all ranges of electronic and organic inspiration. I love to be unexpected with everything I create. I want people to ask questions. From fashion editorial scores to pop, to trap, to r&b, to electronic vibes. Where ever we go and experience we transfer to the dna of our music.
I’m known for always having trippy outta the box concepts. I love film because I grew up on it and it’s the originality of organic photo art. I don’t want to just give you your idea of your best self. I want to capture your true self. With film we get to feel… we don’t calculate.
If everything is an algorithm, there won’t be room for variables. Our job and place in the industry is to embrace the variable. This is what I’m most proud of. People see it, then feel it, then respond to it. Even drawn to it from a world of knowing exactly what people want to see, then giving them what they couldn’t imagine.
I think we forget that we are all individuals. What sets us apart is our journey which is the mold for new ideas and different perspectives. I want to help the world embrace the appreciation of being different, being you, being accepted. The acknowledgment of existence is what we strive for and that is what sets us apart. We love what we do, but we would love to do it together.
What we offer is unique to what we’ve been through… so come to us to hear, see, or feel something raw and one of a kind.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck I think is really just consequence’s cousin. I think I grew up on the lucky side of the fence. The irony of it is when you grow up on the greener side it’s not considered luck it’s just considered normal. So I’ve been fortunate to understand both walks of life from luck to bad luck. I think the bad luck would be malfunctions with equipment or decisions or whether or cancellations and funding/budgets falling through in the worst possible times.
I think the best luck was being able to connect with people I love. If I did or didn’t understand how to grasp it they were there for me to remind me that I can. That is the best luck anyone can have is someone to believe in you when no one will, even when you don’t believe in yourself.
- Website: www.vsco.com/michaelniion
- Phone: 9173258975
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/niionsound
- Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/
- Photography Site: www.vsco.com/
- Music Site: omgmichaelniion.tumblr.