In 1997, Niko (born Nicholas Ulysses Papasideris) became consumed with the vision that his music would be used to touch the world with a unique message of hope and love. He embarked upon a seven year journey, in search of inspiration.
Much of Niko's quest to find his place in the world is documented in the 2004 Indie release, LOVE, a CD/DVD set that includes not only finished studio tracks, but video, photographic and written journals captured along the way. This ambitious and honest project shows songs being conceived and written, as well as touching moments of inspiration as a young man comes of age in a search for the meaning of love and life.
Since 2004, Niko has continued to write and record music of all kinds, ignoring traditional old-school music industry rules. Pop/ Rock, World Music, and ethereal Meditation-style compositions have all found their way into the artist's diverse body of work.
Niko continues to create and record in Music City, USA - Nashville, Tennessee - along with his long-time friend, manager, and co-producer John Walker. The vision has continued to evolve and expand as the passionate artist continues to gather worldwide recognition and enlist the support all those who are touched by the heartfelt music, and Niko's vision to bring love to the world.
The international singer has developed an impressive following, particularly overseas in Europe and Asia. His Myspace page averages nearly 5,000 plays a day www.myspace.com/nikoonline, largely as a result of viral marketing and word of mouth exposure. The response to his online initiatives has been so encouraging that he recently rejected a major label record deal from Warner Bros. in Greece.
The prolific artist is currently recording his fifth album, an as-yet-untitled collection of "Newgrass" remixes of new and previously released Niko material. The project features an array of veteran Nashville musicians: Andy Leftwich and Cody Kilby (Ricky Skaggs), Rob Ickes (Blue Highway, Alison Krauss) and Byron House (Sam Bush), among others. A number of the new tracks are slated for an early summer release, followed by a European tour.
Currently, Niko is focusing his marketing efforts overseas in countries like France, Greece, the United Kingdom and China, although he has landed a number of songs in local and national television ads. His indie hit "The Sun the Moon the Stars" was featured in the national "Star 129" diamond ad campaign, and local Nashville residents will recognize him from the infectious Rivergate Dental "Joy, Joy, Joy" television ad, which has now expanded to a co-op of sedation dentists.