Interview With:: Nick Santino

We recently sat down to chat with Nick Santino about success, playing with Hanson and his latest release, Savannah. We recently reviewed the album, which you can read by clicking here!

You can read the interview below!

The last time we spoke with you was right before you hit the road for the Vans Warped Tour where you played in the Acoustic Basement. Following that, you hit the road again on your own headlining tour, The Long & Winding Roadshow -which is such a great name, by the way. What drives you to constantly tour and hit the road?
I love being on the road. It’s where the songs really come to life and become something special.  I love interacting with all of the people who come out to the shows.  I love it just as much as I love being in the studio making new music.

You previously shared with us that being solo allows you to be more honest and more yourself. What other positives and negatives are there in touring solo compared to touring in a band? How are you adjusting to it?
I enjoy playing solo shows yeah. It gives me a bit of practice to get my stage banter right and to be honest and true to myself as well as the people there.  I love playing with a band for the energy it brings and the over all good time it is.

I think everyone has a different way of defining how and when they make it, whether it’s a radio single or playing sold-out shows.  How do you measure your success? 
I think if you are able to do what makes you happy then that is being successful. If you want a family, a nice house, a good job and you eventually get that and you’re happy, that is success.  I think some people have big dreams and goals and that’s great to have. I just like to set mine a bit lower and gradually work my way up the ladder.

Savannah has a more melancholic theme to it than your previous album Big Skies. How was the writing process different for this EP?  Can we expect more songs like this on your next album?
I went into writing Savannah with the feeling of wanting to do an EP that would fit the season.  Something cold and wintery and I think I accomplished that.  I’m sure I’ll continue to make this kind of music but theres no telling what I’ll write next. I don’t set out to write in a certain genre. I don’t like having rules or guidelines. I let the songs write themselves.

My favorite track off of Savannah is “How to live with a Ghost”.  It’s kind of hauntingly beautiful, just to be punny.  What was your mindset writing this song? 
I wrote this song a year ago and I wanted to put it on Big Skies.  I’m glad I waited til now
because I wasn’t sure how exactly I wanted it to sound.  I think when I was gonna use it on Big Skies I made it more upbeat and had sort of a shuffle to it.  I think it was the best move to wait.  This song has such a strong message and I think it speaks louder with this chilled out vibe it has now

In your song “Rio” you talk about heading out to Mexico, and you happened to go to Mexico to play with Hanson.  Was that strategically planned or just a coincidence?
Just a coincidence .  I had actually never been to Mexico before I wrote that song. I for some reason kept singing the line/melody “We used to go to Mexico” and thought it sounded pretty so I rolled with it..

Speaking of Hanson, how excited were you about playing with them and how was the experience?
They are great.  That whole getaway was great and I hope we can do more things together.  David Ryan Harris was also a part of it and him and I were talking about writing some music together.  Everyone there was amazingly talented and I was honored to be a part of it.

When you’re not writing new songs or playing gigs, what do you like to do during your off-time?
I’m lazy.  I do normal boring people stuff.  Netflix, laundry, cooking, design work.  I try and stay busy. I like taking guitars apart and rebuilding them. Just anything to keep sane.

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LOL Gallery: Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors, Austin Gibbs, Brian Marquis, This Century, Nick Santino   

Who: Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors, Austin Gibbs, Brian Marquis, This Century, Nick Santino
What: The Long & Winding Roadshow
When & Where: 11/7/14, Santos Party House; New York, NY
By: Sara Barber

For full gallery, click here!

Show Review:: The Long & Winding Roadshow 11/7

imageNick Santino, This Century, Brian Marquis, Austin Gibbs, Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors
Santos Party House – New York, New York
Friday, November 7th, 2014

Arriving at Santos Party House in New York City for Nick Santino & the Northern Wind, I was surprised to find a moderately small venue, not too obvious from the side of the street. It was a comfortable atmosphere, full of dedicated fans and intoxicated people who came for a good time.

And it was a great time, with Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors opening the show. His impressive high notes stood out, along with his dedication to the rhythm. He was into every song he played, which was apparent through his dance moves to each beat that encouraged the audience to dance along. By the end of his set, he was requested to play one extra song. Stumped on what to play, he said “let’s end it on a sad note,” and played a mellow song that continued to pump up the crowd because of what a powerful musician he was.

After Brennan left the stage, Austin Gibbs came on right away, another powerful musician. He elevated the audience’s engagement even further by asking them questions and getting them involved. Someone from the crowd shouted “yeet,” which entailed an interesting banter about Gibbs’ lack of knowledge of the definition of yeet. When he wasn’t making comical comments, his music consisted of a mix of upbeat and sadder songs, but his energy was strong throughout, making the audience dance and laugh through the entirety of the set.

With very short intermission times, Brian Marquis took the audience’s attention shortly after. He played his acoustic guitar with a harmonica strapped to his neck, which immensely added to his performance. When he was thoroughly into a guitar solo, he would step away from the mic and his entire body would get thoroughly into the rhythm of the song.


This Century had a remarkable performance. With two members of the band, Joel Kanitz and Sean Silverman, contributing to the acoustic show, they had a strong vibe throughout their set. Joel had two mics set up in the front, one he would beat box into and create harmonies, and then he would record it and put it on loop, while he sang into the second mic. It was an intriguing idea, something I have not seen done often. His angelic voice was captivating to the entire crowd who sang along to every song. A keyboard was also employed which added to the atmosphere to the set in a positive way. They had lots of contributors that played along with them, such as Austin Gibbs, Brennan Smiley, and a woman named Julia (who was not associated with any particular act, though, she had also played with Nick Santino).


Nick Santino’s performance was lively and energetic. Though some songs were sad, the audience was enthusiastic through every moment and sang along as much as they possibly could. Nick had a smile on his face throughout the set which was uplifting to see.

The acoustic show was very mellow but thoroughly exciting. Each band that played had a great attitude and played astounding music. The audience seemed to have a stupendous time, as did I. I would thoroughly recommend checking any and all of the bands on this tour out the next time they come to your area.

Photos and review by Sara Barber. 

Nick Santino Announces The Long & Winding Roadshow

This Century , Brian Marquis and Austin Gibbs will be joining Nick Santino this fall on The Long & Winding Roadshow. The acoustic tour, which will hit the US and Canada, will also feature William Beckett on select dates!

Below you can find tour dates and where to purchase tickets!

11.1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade^
11.2 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11.3 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
11.5 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
11.6 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
11.7 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House
11.8 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
11.9 – Nutley, NJ @ Radiant
11.10 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
11.11 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room @ Crofoot*
11.12 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s*
11.14 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean*
11.15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar
11.17 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11.19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
11.22 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

^ – not w/Brian or William
* – w/William Beckett

Tickets can be purchased here.