Beloved Austin singer-songwriter, band leader and bear musician Nakia is thrilled to announce the release of his long-awaited single, “Thrill-O-Matic,” set to hit all streaming platforms TODAY, October 20. Fans can listen to the track now by visiting Nakia.net.
A Genre-Blending Thrill Ride
“Thrill-O-Matic” fuses elements of pop, rock, and soul, creating a sound that’s been described as “The Beach Boys go to Motown,” by Kevin Connor from Sun Radio, the Austin AAA station that added the track in early August. The song takes a sharp turn from Nakia’s previous roots rock releases, yet still showcases his powerful, soulful voice and the emotional depth he’s is known for. “Thrill-O-Matic” was co-written with hit songwriters Andy Stochansky and Jamie Hartman. Stochansky has previously worked with the Goo Goo Dolls and Dragonette, while the Grammy/Emmy nominated Hartman has penned tracks for the likes of Rag’n’Bone Man, Jennifer Hudson, Lewis Capaldi, and Sam Ryder, to name a few.
A Journey 12 Years in the Making
Written after Nakia’s groundbreaking stint on The Voice in 2011 during his second songwriting session with Stochansky and Hartman, the song was originally intended to be pitched to a then well-known K-pop band. Over the course of time, however, the song got put on the back burner as Nakia focused on writing and releasing his EP, Drown In The Crimson Tide, and finishing his critically acclaimed blues tribute album, Blues Grifter. During that time, Stochansky, who also produced the original demo, said he believed he had misplaced the files when Nakia asked him to help finish the song. However, after the files reemerged last year, Nakia partnered with Producer/Engineer Matt Parmenter at Ice Cream Factory Studios in Austin to bring the song back to life. Parmenter also handled the stereo mix of the track, while the Dolby Atmos mix was handed off to Grammy award-winning Chris Bell. The track was then masterfully finalized by Ollie Morgan at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London.
Upcoming Live Shows & Videos
To celebrate the release, Nakia will be performing “Thrill-O-Matic” live for the first time with his new band at the Circuit of the Americas this upcoming Sunday, October 22nd, during the F1 race on their American Soundtrack stage. Additionally, he’ll be taking the stage at the Cannonball Bash in Fort Lauderdale the following Saturday, October 28th. A music video and lyric video will be coming out in November.
A Word from Nakia
“I am so happy that ‘Thrill-O-Matic’ is finally coming out for the world to enjoy. It’s held a special place in my heart for 12 years now and I’m so grateful to all the people who helped make it possible. I want to give a special shout out to the folks at Sun Radio for adding this song before I even had a chance to release it.”
Listen to “Thrill-O-Matic” HERE.