Most musicians today sing about bangin' the ladies, copin' new whips, or making it rain bills on a stripper's ass. Coconut Creek musician Nil Cardoso, however, is different. What makes Cardoso's sound -- pop-rock infused with country -- stand out from the rest is his song "Chivalry Isn't Dead." No, no, this isn't some lame, frat boy attempt at getting laid, it's a genuine tune, resonating from personal experience.
"I can't tell you how many times I've found myself crushing on girls who were taken by their toolbag boyfriends at the time," Cardoso says. "Seeing the way some of these guys treated their girls, all I could think to myself was, 'Wow I would never do this to her. Why is she dating this kid?' So when I [and partner Danielle Ward] wrote this song, I just wanted to convince others that chivalry really isn't dead. Good guys still exist!"
Influenced by a wide multitude of bands, such as Guns N Roses, Rush, Bon Jovi, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foo Fighters, Cardoso was inspired to "play the guitar, sing and pursue music" from a young age. Max Martin most motivates Cardoso's songwriting style, "[He] has written some of my all time favorite songs."
In regard to short term goals, Cardoso strives to promote his music, build an audience, and release an EP by the end of the year. Pretty standard, right? Well, his long term plans are an extension of the rock star dream. He hopes "to get signed by a major record label, tour nonstop, meet lots of fans, and hopefully one day win a Grammy for Best New Artist." For now, though, he's just planning on booking some gigs.
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