Nick Hissom has led an alluring life. He was raised primarily in London, the son of ex-pat Americans, spent his formative years at the prestigious Swiss boarding school Le Rosey, and graduated with degrees in history and anthropology from the Ivy League’s The University of Pennsylvania. Scouted by Ford Models while still in high school, Hissom has traveled the globe as a model, becoming the face of campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and a go-to muse for renowned photographer Kai Z Feng.

Hissom’s international lifestyle has included exposure to some of the world’s biggest DJ’s and entry into the hottest nightclubs, an experience he credits with his developing a passion for music and eventually singing and writing his own songs. His first-ever live performance was an appearance with Manufactured Superstars at a Memorial Day Weekend party at Vegas nightclub Tryst. His second was performing in front of 50,000 people at the Electric Daisy Carnival with Manufactured Superstars. Hissom’s talent has led to his shooting a music video with Kenny Ortega (Michael Jackson’s This is It) and working with the music producers Dallas Austin (Janet Jackson, Madonna) and Mick Schultz (Jeremih, Zendaya). The latter produced Hissom’s debut single “If I Die Young,” an EDM-influenced pop confection about living for the moment that has become a European hit and climbed to No.1 in Turkey within 48 hours of release.

Despite his rarefied upbringing, Hissom is a grounded and hard-working individual whose drive to make music comes from wanting to infuse others’ lives with the same good feelings he’s been fortunate enough to experience. “Music, for me, is about making people happy,” he says. “Yes, I’ve had amazing things happen, but none of it matters if you’re alone. Fame and money mean nothing if you don't have good people around you and you can't share what you have.”

To that end, Hissom is drawn to making feel-good music that brings his natural European sophistication to American audiences. His sound combines the buoyant energy of pop vocals and melodies with the edgy beats of deep house, a genre that already dominates the charts in the U.K. and is rising in popularity in the U.S. Hissom cites Disclosure’s “Latch,” Robin Schulz’ remix of Mr. Probz’ “Waves,” and Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” as akin to what he’s trying to accomplish, and also names pop icons Michael Jackson,, and Justin Timberlake as influences. “However when it comes to performing, I like big production, lots of dancing, and the spectacle that artists like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake create,” he says. “If I had to perform with just a guitar sitting in a chair for an hour singing…well, that’s just not me.”

Deciding to launch a music career wasn’t exactly a conventional choice for Hissom. As a young teenager, he was more interested in the stock market than what was being played on the radio. “I bought my first stock when I was 13 — Apple. I bought it at $50 a share and sold it at $70. I thought I was a genius,” he says with a laugh. Hissom thought he’d go into the family commercial real estate business. “I've always loved architecture and design and I can understand the flow and feel of a room and how that affects the emotions of the people entering it,” he explains. But fate intervened when a modeling scout found 17-year-old Hissom on Facebook. He spent the next several years juggling his college course-work with modeling, signing with agencies in London, Paris, Barcelona, Germany, and Denmark. But being a young male model isn’t as glamorous as one would think.

“I went to Paris for Fashion Week and they're not expecting you to book anything, so it was six guys and me living above the Gare du Nord train station in a tiny apartment,” he recalls. However, the experience toughened him up for the vagaries of the music industry. Once he told himself he wanted to make music, he recorded covers of Swedish House Mafia’s “Save The World” and The Fray’s “How To Save A Life” and sent them to several DJs he had become acquainted with through his stepfather, hotelier Steve Wynn. Manufactured Superstars’ Bradley Roulier and Shawn Sabo responded and asked him to fly to Denver to record a song called “Killin’ Tonight” with them. “I did final exams in-between recording sessions,” he says. In short order, Hissom shot a music video for the song and went on the road with the duo, an adventure that included a show at Denver’s fabled Red Rocks amphitheater performing in front of 30,000 people. Since then he’s performed in Ibiza and St. Tropez, and graced many red carpets, including at the Billboard Music Awards and the Young Hollywood Awards. He’s also received encouragement from no less a talent-spotter than Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., who discovered The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye, among many others.

“It's always an honor to be around legends in all industries, but being around them isn’t enough,” Hissom says. “You have to impress them in your own right. They are also the harshest critics in the world. If you don't live up to their standards from day one, they’ll never work with you again.”

Hissom continues to aim high as he begins his next chapter after moving to Los Angeles: signing an artist development deal with powerhouse management entity, ReignDeer Select, led by Larry Rudolph and Rebecca Lambrecht. He is also collaborating with top songwriters and producers on the songs that will appear on his debut album. “Music is an extension of your personality, so you put whatever you're feeling into a song and then send it out into the world and hope that millions of people will connect to you,” he says. “I have been so lucky in life and my greatest joy is to share with other people the things that I have been given, especially telling my story through my music. There’s nothing cooler than that.”




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  • Q&A: 'If I Die Young' Singer Nick Hissom

    Plenty of college students celebrate their 21st birthdays in Las Vegas, but how many can also say their bash doubled as a music release party? Such is the exotic life of former Tommy Hilfiger model, current Ivy Leaguer, and newly minted recording artist Nick Hissom, who will release his first album next year. The college senior, who grew up in London and Switzerland, now splits his time between Philadelphia (where he’s majoring in history at the University of Pennsylvania) and LA, the home base of his recording studio and producers.

    While Hissom shows marked determination for someone his age, he’s had an excellent role model in his equally ambitious stepdad: hotel magnate Steve Wynn. We sat down with the singer to chat about launching his career and his dreams for the future.


  • July 4th, 2013, Nick Hissom Birthday Celebration, At Encore Beach Club

    LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 03: (L-R) Sawyer Hartman, Joe Sugg, Nick Hissom and Caspar Lee arrive at Hissom's birthday celebration at "Encore Beach Club at Night" at the Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas on July 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Encore Beach Club)

    Nick Hissom Birthday Celebration At Encore Beach Club
  • September 9th, 2013
    Nick Hissom Releases If I Die Young Music Video

    Nick Hissom Releases the music video for his debut single If I Die Young starring Playboy's Miss July Alyssa Arce

  • July 4th, 2013 Nick Hissom at No.1 on Number1FM

    Nick Hissom at No1. on Number1 FM; Celebrates 21st Birthday and Single Release at Wynn Nightclubs

    Fresh off the release of the debut single 'If I Die Young,' British-American recording artist Nick Hissom celebrated the single's digital release along with his 21st birthday at Tryst, XS, and Encore Beach Club in Wynn Las Vegas last weekend.

    Hissom joined Manufactured Superstars at Tryst Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas on July 4 to kick off the holiday weekend and his birthday celebration. He continued the celebration at XS and Encore Beach Club throughout the weekend; joined at his festivities by Afrojack, Steve Wynn, Andrea Wynn, Dirty South, Playboy's Miss July Alyssa Arce (who stars in Nick's upcoming music video), Playmate of the Year 2011 Claire Sinclair and several of his personal friends.

    In the midst of the festivities, Hissom's single 'If I Die Young' claimed the top spot in Turkey via Number1 FM Radio.

  • July 20th, 2013, Proud Papa: Hissom Performs at VIP Room St. Tropez

    Proud Papa: Hissom Performs at VIP Room St. Tropez

    Steve Wynn provided international parental support for his stepson Nick Hissom for the budding singer's gig in St. Tropez Monday night. Wynn, who has been vacationing on his yacht in the Mediterranean, flew from Ibiza to St. Tropez to see Nick perform his new single, If I Die Young, at the VIP Room nightclub. Hotelier Wynn is married to Nick's mother, Andrea Hissom, and the couple flew to St. Tropez the same day to make Nick's gig. Nick, who is finishing his first album, played his party-friendly song repeatedly for the crowd gathered at the club. He shot a video for If I Die Young around July Fourth in California with Playboy's Miss July, Alyssa Arce.

  • September 6th, 2013, Exclusive: Nick Hissom Finds Love in If I Die Young Music Video

    EXCLUSIVE: Nick Hissom Finds Love in 'If I Die Young' Music Video

    London-born Nick Hissom got his start as a model, working with Tommy Hilfiger and starring in editorials in magazines like GQ and Interview. But on July 1, the 21-year-old officially entered the music world with the release of his debut solo single, the EDM-pop anthem If I Die Young. And now Fuse is exclusive premiering the track's music video - watch above!

    Directed by Brian Michael Henderson (The Game, Kendrick Lamar), the video features Playboy model Alyssa Arce as Hissom's romantic conquest. Shot in Malibu and Death Valley, If I Die Young is the perfect visual representation of young love; a world where the only thing that matters are walks on the beach, late-night parties and lovingly obsessing over your crush. Hissom, an Electric Daisy Carnival alum who previously worked with DJ duo Manufactured Superstars, also co-produced If I Die Young, which blends EDM-friendly bass drops with Hissom's anthemic, catchy vocals.

  • July 1st, 2013
    Nick Hissom - If I Die Young (Original Mix)

    Nick Hissom - If I Die Young (Original Mix)

    British-American recording artist Nick Hissom bursts onto the scene with the release of his debut single 'If I Die Young.' An ode to a friend who lost her battle with cancer, Hissom's debut is a catchy pop blend of soaring melodies, electro drops and powerful vocals. The release of 'If I Die Young' comes at the tail end of Nick supporting the Manufactured Superstars on their latest North American tour, including headlining performances on the main stage at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. Listen to the track after the break, and expect more from the up-and-coming talent in the near future.

  • July 22nd, 2013, Nick Hissom on New Single, Music Video and Debut Album

    Nick Hissom on New Single, Music Video and Debut Album

    When we interview Nick Hissom for the first time a bit over a year ago, music was a dream he's trying to fulfill. Passion and hard work paid off for the 21-year-old talented singer, who released his first new single earlier this month celebrating life, love and happiness. Nick Hissom talks to Glamoholic about his new single If I Die Young, shooting his first music video and recording his debut album.

    Glamoholic Magazine (GM): Your new single If I Die Young is now available. How does it feel to be one step closer to fulfilling your dream? Nick Hissom (NH): It feels great to finally be able to share my music with the world; however, I'm working harder than ever now to make sure that each song is better than the one before it!

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    Model and DJ Nick Hissom's Young Success
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    On a Roll: Nick Hissom
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    Hissom's New Hit
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    Nick Hissom: Hilfiger Model and Recording Artist
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    Swishly Ballroom: The Crillon Ball in Paris
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    Who Am I?
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    VIPs and Stars Celebrate Opening of TopShop
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    Nick Hissom: Model Student
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    Nick Hissom's Winter Extravaganza in London
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    Wynn Will Have Model Stepson



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