Randy Niles is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist from NYC who has been on the constant edge of transformation since he picked up an instrument.His unique blend of influences allows him to be as fluid and unique as he can while never having to really try.“Randy Niles blends rock, pop, blues, and folk into seamless, radio-ready compositions—he’s John Mayer without the pretentiousness.”, writes Katy Tong of the Columbia Spectator.But there is another level which makes this artist so unique, he does it all on his own, effortlessly blending hints of what would be a band into his live performances.
Armed with just an acoustic and a pedalboard riddled with loopstations and effect pedals, Randy evokes sounds and colors which when done, resemble that of a four or five member group rather than one. He beats on the body of his Martin 000M acoustic guitar, as well as scratches, and taps while his feet (which by the way are shoeless) dance, tap, and twist buttons and knobs all in an effort to retain the proper sounds for the proper parts in which he is creating.
His music can be best described as a poetically soothing, rhythmically melodic and a lyrically powerful blend of Indie/Acoustic/Soul.He incorporates dynamic layers of instrumentation through the use of looping technology with intriguing lyrical and musical phrasing, and vocals that will keep you in a more relaxed state than sleep itself. “The ethereal eddy of synchs in “Satellite” (Along the Way-album) is an exploration through textural landscapes that oddly recall Radiohead. His soulful crooning—“It’s a tragedy when x, y, z won’t equal three”—in “Birds of a Feather”(Perfect -EP) speaks poetically to the complications of a romantic tryst over a slow-burning guitar motif.” Katy Tong -Columbia Spectator
“All of this came out of the need to perform when I couldn’t count on others, or truly get the level of musicianship that I always wanted in a band.”, Randy Niles ” I’ve always played all the instruments, I just needed a way to shrink all of that down into something more portable and viable.”, says Randy who with two recordings under his belt has been touring along the east coast with a few appearances on the west. His latest release “Perfect” which followed his 2008 debut “Along The Way”, produced by Ryoji Hata (Looking Glass Studios /Bitter End NYC) and himself opens up the doors to Randy’s initial vision of complexity being packaged in its simplest form and made accessible for all to fully become a part of musically. And with his theatrical display of recreating his songs for an audience incorporating tasteful looping he is able to pull of keeping the music as entertaining and organic as it is on his recordings while retaining the attention of a interested audience.
He’s been pounding the pavement performing at places such as Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), Gavin DeGraws National Underground(NYC), Bitter End (NYC), Crash Mansion(NYC), Webster Hall(NYC), Utica Music Festival(Utica,NY), San Diego Music Festival (CA), Chelsea Piers(NYC) SGM Festival (NY), Columbia University(NY), Westminster University(PA), Barking Spider (OH), Borders Books(PA, NY), Rosetta Stone(OH), Caffe Lena (Saratoga NY) as well as smaller venues and coffeehouse along the east coast. He has also advanced and won in competitions such as The Emergenza Music Festival, The Emergenza Micro Festival, and has opened for Australian Singer/Songwriter Ry Cuming (Sony/Jive Records) and Billboard charted country Singer/Songwriter Craig Bickhardt. Not bad for a one man army.
With integrity, passion, and experience under his belt, not to mention a knack for communicating and relating to his fans and peers via in person or through the net Randy is an artist who possesses timeless talent and the ability to adapt and redefine himself at any given point and time. He’s also a pretty cool and laid back young man!
Randy’s follow up sophomore album is expected to be released sometime in 2014 but he is currently working on a release of his new single “We Are At War” and preparing a new EP for release before the end of 2013.
If you’ve been itching to catch Randy and his unique blend of indie/acoustic/soul then fear not cause you’ll not only have one but five chances to catch him through the month of October!
Randy has been asked to take on a residency at the Lura Lounge located at 949 Columbus Ave in NYC every Wed all through the month of October beginning on 10/9/13.
At 9pm each week you’ll be able to catch Randy doing what he does best at one of the most trendy and elegant spots the upper west side has to offer
Besides their amazing drink menu, you’ll be able to take in a great menu of food items while you spend your evening being soothed by the sounds of Randy’s music.
Best part is there is no cover for the night so make it a night out with some friends!
Randy is also putting together material for his upcoming 5 song EP which is slated for release by early 2014.
The EP will showcase a few tunes that have not been performed yet in public so this will surely be a treat to RN Fans that are itching for some new material
Keep checking back for more info and updates