Nico Rooney is focusing on his solo sound as Vemedy music. He’s a member of the group Code Ninety, and founder of Youth initiative ‘You Want In’. Let’s have a chat!
As Vemedy music you recently brought out your new single ‘Somebody’ which helped raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims. Tell us more about Vemedy music?
So, Vemedy stands for remedy. Remedy being a cure and ‘V’ standing for Victory. Nico in Greek means victory. I see it as the cure for victory and the cure for success; for the times when you feel like you’re failing and not getting to where you want to be.
It started around 2010. I was doing music under that name for about 2 years and then I stopped and decided to revert back to myself, Nico Rooney. I then decided, at the beginning of this year that I wanted to bring Vemedy back! Despite thinking of stupid names to replace it with like ‘Kupid’ with a K – as I was born on Valentines day! It was the best decision I made, as previous supporters of Vemedy came back!
How did your song ‘Somebody‘ come about?
The song came from a freestyle of an early morning at 4am! I put on a beat and the vibe just came to me. Since its release, the song has reached number 1 on the iTunes charts in the world genre!
I’ve supported charities before and I thought, you know what? why don’t I use this song to help ‘somebody’ in need. At the time, nothing bad was happening – I was going to give all the money to homeless people. But then, the Grenfell Tower disaster happened.
An opportunity came up with GRM Daily, who said “if you shoot a video with us, we’re going to give all the money to the Grenfell Tower victims”. This made sense to me. It became clear that yes this project had something to do with me, but it was also much bigger than me.
“It wasn’t about the money for me, it was about sparking that interest in people – to help others.”
As well as pursing your solo career, you are also a member of Code Ninety. Tell us about you guys.
So, there are three of us; Nase, Jadata and myself who form Code Ninety (Chasing Our Dreams Endlessly). We reached Top 20 in the iTunes charts last year at our official launch party for our album ‘Parties N Heartbreaks’. Since then, we’ve been writing and performing. It’s only half way through the year, and we’ve already done more shows than last year!
What’s next? we’ve got a lot of new songs that haven’t been released. Since our latest song ‘Love again’ we haven’t dropped anything. We’re currently deciding on what our next song is going to be. All I’ll say is that it will tie in with our last project.
Can you tell us some of your dreams and aspirations?
The first one would be, not having to worry about money and instead, feeling comfortable. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money, as long as I’m wanted enough to be able to tour the world, perform and release music.
The second thing, is to open up a youth centre. That’s been one of my intentions since I was a kid. I wouldn’t have had certain opportunities within music, without some of the youth centres around. They are shutting a lot of them down, so I want to help to build some sort of youth centre/ studio for creative people to come through and do their music and move on.
“I want to build a legacy.”
You are the founder of youth initiative ‘You Want In’ – tell us more!
‘You Want In’ is an Artist Development Media and Promotions company which I founded with a few other people. At the moment, we’re doing things on a small scale but eventually, ‘You Want In’ will be the thing that opens that youth centre! Currently, we’re doing artist development with Jaysiah, who won a £1000 artist development course with us. We’re acting as mentors to him and helping him get his music out there. It’s got a lot of potential, and hopefully the more people we get on board, and the more we grow, we’ll be able to get the funding we need to expand it.
What advice would you give people looking to break out into the music world?
We live in the digital world right now so there’s no excuse. There’s no one stopping you or holding you back, the only thing that might be holding you back is how you’re going to record your music. But, even with that, you can find a way. There are places out there that will give you the resources. One of these places, if you’re under twenty-five, is The Round House in Camden.
Record you stuff and mix it down, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just to get yourself out there. Go on forums, add people, speak to people – they will help you. Everyone’s trying to build up their own experience too. Get your music on Youtube and SoundCloud and get people interested in your music.
“Nothing is going to happen unless you believe in yourself and push yourself”.
What do you do to get yourself inspired? Any mantras?
I’d say that London is an inspiration. There have been days where I’ve just gone out and walked around the city. It’s an amazing city! How do I not have anything to say about this place? I’d also say it’s the situation, meaning, that if I don’t do something for myself, no one is going to do it for me!
Sometimes I need to slap myself in the face and say ‘Nico, wake up! You need to be inspired because there are people waiting for your music! and, even if there aren’t – you need to express yourself!’.
Social media is a great way of getting yourself out there as an artist – what do you like to use and how do you find it?
Is it bad for me to say that I find it easy? I mean, easy to use! It can be very time consuming! They say “You should not be a Jack of all trades but a master of one” – I find it the same with social media. it’s weird because you need them all but I think that if you can master one, then the others will pick up. I’m yet to take this advice myself! I would suggest, pick one and interlink them (Instagram, Facebook and twitter). Right now, I like Instagram because you can say everything you need to say on there.
Ready for the random bit?
Chocolate! The endorphins work! Especially in Lindt. (hint hint y’all!)
Favourite emoji and why?
The 100 one – it’s a quick response to saying ‘cool’ (FYI)
Song of the moment?
Despacito – It’s addictive. Good vibes – like summer right now.
Where can we find you online?
Twitter, Fb, Instagram: @Vemedymusic
Watch this space!