The Whole Short Story
Nick is a Los Angeles born, San Pedro local, Sax Player, Composer, and an 8 time Emmy Nominee. After picking up the clarinet when he was 11 he just couldn’t stop. From his days attending the Berklee College of Music and after, he went on to release 5 albums over 12 years.
Out of those 5 albums, 4 songs have appeared on the radio, in films, comedy DVD’s, television, and even over the PA system at LAX. “Winter Fireflies” a song from a collaborative Holiday record released in 2014 alongside Jon Gus was recognized by Billboard as the Most Added Song on Jazz Radio in November 2014. “Happy Hour” from his second release crept up to No. 43 on the Jazz radio charts as well.
In 2008 he joined the hit band from the 1980’s Naked Eyes, (whose hits include “Always Something There to Remind Me” and “Promises Promises”) with whom he tours and performs with all over the country to this day. He’s performed with other hit bands from the 80’s including Wang Chung and Nick Heyward of Haircut 100. Most recently, he’s recorded and performed with the up and coming Mondo Cozmo of Republic Records.
Nick has produced for other artists as well, including punk rock legend, Billy Bones (of the Skulls) in which their song garnered airplay on KROQ here in LA for most of 2016. The song, “All Night Rocker” appeared in the Punk Rock Documentary “Who is Billy Bones?” which aired on PBS in 2016 and 2017.
Nick has been exploring the Film Composition world unintentionally his whole life, and although new to it in a professional sense, it’s really connected all of his creative impulses into an area where there are almost no music rules. It’s a place where emotion and feel drive everything. Growning up in a Film/Television family and with his extensive background in Jazz, Pop and Rock N Roll, the idea of breaking boundaries though an audio visual medium is exactly where Nick wants to live. When he had his first music placement Katt’s Williams’ first live DVD, an acapella sax solo laid over a scene depicting a civil rights riot in Columbus Ohio in the 1960’s. Seeing how emotion could play a role and hearing his own saxophone driving the emotion of scene created a spark of creativity. It was then when Nick realized he needed to drive his music career into this direction where he can emote, create and help tell a story.
Over the years, Nick has had the opportunity to work with several directors that trust his vision and sound to help them tell their stories. His most prominent client Ryan Curtis has trusted Nick with a wide array of projects from commercials, TV series and most recently an action comedy TV Pilot.
For Nick, all roads ultimately lead to his first love of performing on sax and writing his original Jazz music. He’s put a new band together and is set to record a new album in 2023 and hit venues across Southern California and beyond. Come join him at a live show or online where he will stream his live performances.