Nick Black hosts the show Soul Side, which airs daily at 9 a.m. and p.m. CT. If you like soul music then Nick is the perfect conductor to take you on an hour-long ride with lots of great music videos. He loves the genre so much, in part, because he’s a soul singer himself. Follow Nick on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and get to know him a bit better in this Q&A segment.
First, what can you tell us about the show Soul Side and why viewers should tune in?
DittyTV brings so much music to people on a daily and weekly basis, but a few years ago I noticed that there was a lack of Soul music in the programming. I brought up the idea of having a show exclusively dedicated to the quintessentially American genre of Soul music, and I’m so proud that the producers and I were able to bring it to the DittyTV audience. This is a show for lovers of gospel, R&B, and a true Memphis approach to music. If you’ve got soul then get on the Soul Side!
Do you have any special moments that stick out about the show or simply in your time as a DittyTV VJ?
Any moment that Soul Side has taken us to a historic Memphis place is always amazing for me. Discovering some amazing restaurant that’s been around for 50 years or meeting someone who helped quietly influence some aspect of Memphis music lets me know that I still have so much left to learn. Nothing better than feeding my curiosity.
Give us a bit of info on your background. Where did you grow up and what were some of your early musical influences?
I was born and raised in Memphis. From a very early age I watched my grandfather, a Methodist preacher, get up in front of people and captivate them with stories and music. They always walked away feeling lighter and happier, and I wanted to make people feel like that. Artist/songwriters like Al Green, Sting, Bill Withers, and pop groups like The Beatles and even the Backstreet Boys always motivated me musically. After going through several other different styles of music, I ended back on what got me started. I started writing, and I haven’t looked back.
In addition to being a VJ, you’re also a musician. What are your current musical projects and where can we see you perform?
I’m on the road quite a bit during the year, and things are growing fast. Go to www.nickblackmusic.com for tour dates! I’ll be putting out my next single, “Grenadine” on April 25th, and we’ll be in Nashville on the 26th at The Analog at Hutton Hotel for a release party.
I know that you performed on the concert series Muscle Shoals to Music Row. What can you tell us about the performance filmed at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala.?
The weight of history in that place is almost overwhelming. It honestly felt like we were back in Memphis recording at Stax or Royal Studios. So much incredible music was made in that building, and it fuels your performance that much more.
What do you do when you’re not a VJ or musician, when you just want to relax or have fun?
I watch a lot of professional gamers on YouTube. It’s like watching the NBA for me. Ha ha. Also shows about crazy obsessive chefs on Netflix. And The Office. Lots of The Office.
If you were going to perform one and only one song on a TV talent show, what would it be and why?
That’s a great question! Probably “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.
And finally, the sunglasses. We never see you without sunglasses. How did that get started?
Some secrets just have to remain secrets. 😉