A fourteen year old, inspired by blues legends and plays like one too. Wait, did I read that correctly? Yes! This young guitarist plays like he’s been here before. I mean you can’t teach this level of skill and certainly not at his current age. Soaring riffs, licks, vibrato and etheric solos are his forte. Stylistically, a mixture of blues, acoustic and Spanish on an electronic guitar.
Nicky certainly knows how to catch your attention. Even at a mere 3 years old it was quite evident that he was prepared to give up everything but his music. Uninhibited, he would run around the family living room in Brooklyn, wearing nothing but his headphones and cd player. His stage presence at 5yrs old, playing drums @ Madison Square Gardens would devour the audience. Interest only enhanced by being surrounded by a musical family. His father introduced him to music at a very young age to which Nicky points out “Music keeps me going; it makes me happy. I felt trapped until I discovered the guitar… I can say more with my guitar playing than I can with words”.
At twelve years old he picked up a guitar that had been bought for him at the age of nine (trying his hand for one month before setting it down). An interest sparked by playing
Guitar Hero – Aerosmith ‘Walk This Way”. He started teaching himself by sight, by ear and by reading some articles online about how to read guitar tabs and tune a guitar. Quite by accident he saw the movie ‘Cadillac Records’ - Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Little Walter. As he began to search out more music he stumbled upon artists and groups like The Doors, Marc Bolan and Led Zepplin. He grew an afro! His skills were developing at an incredible speed until family and friends started calling him Jimi Hendricks “ I’d never heard of him before so I thought I’d find out more about him”.
Women inspire him: “I believe there’s no such thing as an ugly girl… most girls don’t realise how pretty they are… there’s always something pretty about them, their personalities” That said, Zoe Kravitz is a “Very pretty girl, I wouldn’t mind”.
A few days before his thirteenth birthday his father took him to the theatre where they he happened to walk in right at the point where Orianthi was playing her solo in ‘Beat it’. He was transfixed… she is the artist he wants most to perform with.
He has this thing about England. Nicky’s allegiance to all things British is quite alarming until you understand that his mother was born and raised there but it’s also a London thing, he feels connected to this place and names The Kooks and The Arctic Monkeys as modern influences.
Currently studying at The Brooklyn High School of the Arts, he plays upright bass in the Classical string section. It comes as no surprise that he’s only been playing for four months and is already in the advanced class. He’s enjoying playing concerts held at prestigious places like Juilliard. He’s time itself stops when he plays live in front of large audiences and at venues like Gramercy Theatre, Hiro, Brooklyn Museum, and Tainted Blue Studios. Nicky featured with his cousin’s group Ninjasonik for the CMJ festival at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. His improvisations take you to a magical place solo he ponders: “This is me, I’m fighting to get what I want in life”.
Band Question - Genre:
Rock, punk, alternative
Band Question -Band Members:
Nicky : Guitar, Lead vocals
Band Question - Sounds like:
songs that give you a natural high.
Band Question - Musical Influences:
The sex pistols meets aerosmith, led zepplin, metallica and van halen
Band Question - Record label:
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