NIKI talks self-growth, acceptance in 'MOONCHILD'

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Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI has finally dropped her debut full-length album, 'MOONCHILD.'

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI has finally dropped her debut full-length album, 'MOONCHILD.'

In an interview with CNN Philippines' New Day on Tuesday, the 21-year-old artist bared how her songs were brought together by a metaphorical "sonic allegory" of personal experiences, including moving to the United States from Jakarta, Indonesia.

"[There is] a cohesive theme, which, for this project, is very much about self-growth, acceptance and discovery," she said.

"It was very much inspired by my personal journey of moving from Indonesia to the other side of the world — to the US, all by myself, and just kind of all my experiences surrounding that and how I dealt with that, everything that I've learned from it," NIKI added.

While she personally labelled her album as her own "musical fairytale," NIKI hopes listeners would also interpret it in different ways.

MOONCHILD includes early singles "Switchblade" and "Selene," along with her other new tracks.

Asked if she had a favorite song off MOONCHILD, the artist said 'If There's Nothing Left...' — a ballad which reflects on loss, somehow sticks with her: "It's a very personal one. I love that one."

NIKI said authenticity and passion are just two of the most important things any aspiring artist must equip himself with.

At 15, NIKI scored an opportunity to open the Asian leg of Taylor Swift's Red Tour in 2014, a rare experience which she said had "solidified" her passion for music and helped catalyze her career as she brought more content to her YouTube channel.

In 2017, she relocated to the US on her own to study music and release hit singles "See U Never" and "I Like U" under 88rising, an Asian artist-focused music label.

"It feels honestly surreal just to think that three years ago I just graduated high school in Jakarta, Indonesia, to being here now releasing my debut album globally — it's pretty surreal," she added.

NIKI also shared the importance of embracing oneself when taking risks in the music scene.

"Don't try to be anything else other than yourself," she added. "There's so many carbon copies of the same thing. Bring your own flavor to the table."

Stream MOONCHILD here.