On June 11 at 7:30 in the Kirkham Auditorium, the Nik Day concert started with an opening comedy act from Stephen Jones who starred in the “New Spice” commercial at BYU. Jones said what he likes most about being a comedian is the reaction from the crowd and that what he does on stage comes straight back to him in the reaction from the audience. To view more of Stephen Jones’ interview, visit www.byuicomm.net.
Singer/songwriter Nik Day started his performance with one of his personal favorites from Billy Joel. Day played the piano and sang “New York State of Mind” and then told the crowd after the song; “I’ve actually only been to New York once; and I don’t know half the places that he talks about. I just thought it was a really good song.”
Day played several songs that he had written himself and a few from artists he admires such as “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson and “Change the World” by Eric Clapton, a song that Day recorded off the radio onto a cassette tape when he was little because he liked it so much. Day described his music and personality as a compilation of others’ work by saying, “I surround myself with really cool people and really good artists and I take a lot of things that I like and put them together.”
Some of the artists he named as influential were Billy Joel, Jason Mraz, Michael Buble, John Mayer and Fiona Apple. He told the crowd he wrote the song “Sadder” after listening to a lot of Fiona Apple. After one of his songs, Nik Day told the crowd, “You guys are fun,” and then noted how they screamed after everything he said. At one point he also threw paper airplanes to the crowd that were made out of fliers for free CDs. After finishing his song “One in a Million,” he said he had recently made a music video for that song.
“If you haven’t seen my other music videos – why not, you know? Go check those out,” Day said.
He then closed with “How Could Life Get Any Better?” to which the crowd gave a standing ovation.
After the concert, while signing CDs in the lobby, Day took the opportunity to sign a few student’s shirts that read “Nik is my favorite Day” with his picture on them.