Blake Echols; Imagination Stage
Nick Hernandez (center with headphones) is the source of the musical beats in Imagination Stage's latest production "P.Nokio."
Fri, Jan 20, 2012
Web Exclusive: Interview with Nick Hernandez of "P.Nokio"
A local producer never worries about how he’ll musically inspire kids, even when going old school.
Even though most of Nick Hernandez’s audience has scarcely heard of vinyl records, the hip-hop producer, better known as “Nick tha 1da,” finds his biggest inspirations from dusting off records he finds in dollar bins.
“If you listen to Top 40 radio today, at least 60 to 70 percent of songs are covers, or they use music from different genres and different times,” he says. “People tend to miss that—all artistic endeavors have some sort of influence from another artistic period.”