Nikki Rosing, born in 1986, was raised by a welding mother and a well-drilling father. She is putting off finishing college to pursue more hands-on activities like working at Casa Video and, most recently, performing as a member of Cadillac Steakhouse.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
That would be Neil Young, solo, I believe, when I was about 6 or 7. Neil was a staple of my childhood. I remember singing "Old King" with my mom and sister all the time.
What are you listening to these days?
Jeez, these days, I've been listening to anything I can grip my little sausage fingers around. This is a little embarrassing, but I've only recently gotten into the Smiths, and they're awesome. Also, lots of P.O.S., Modest Mouse, Koufax, BARR, Spice Girls, Os Mutantes, No Doubt and Dizzee Rascal.
What was the first album you owned?
My first CD was Jewel, Pieces of You, in fifth grade, but I bought my first vinyl in ninth grade: No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom. I bought three copies.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
That "down with the sickness," necro-beastiality, hatchet-man metal music.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Gosh, that's tough. At the risk of sounding like a douchebag pothead, I'd have to say Zeppelin.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Girly techno crap, like Alice Deejay and Kylie Minogue; it is swell to sing along with.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls." It'd be a tribute to my greatest ass-et.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Obviously, it's No Doubt. That Gwen Stefani—I was just the right age at the right time. Magic.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
If I couldn't say Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt, it would definitely be OutKast's Stankonia.