The Man Behind The Kit
Originally born and raised in Buffalo New York, Nick had many musical influences. It started with his older brothers who were music fans and Nick’s love for the early rock “doo-wop” sound from artists like Dion and The Belmonts, and The Ventures. As Nick’s musical taste developed throughout the 60’s and 70’s, he gravitated towards rock and roll from artists like The WHO (and their legendary drummer Keith Moon) and the Jimi Hendrix Experience (with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Mitch Mitchell).
Nick bought his first drum kit at the age of 14 with money he had earned and saved from working a newspaper route. In the “summer of ’69”, he started playing in a garage band and was hooked on being the driving beat behind the band. After all, the drummer is the timing foundation of a song and if you don’t have good timing, you can’t have good rhythm. In his garage band days, he did not play out publicly much, but rather focused on developing his craft through the next years by playing in frequent blues jams with his friends and band-mates and did a lot of garage band studio recording.
When Nick hooked up with a local bass guitar player, they formed a solid timing and rhythm team that was the foundation for a band that played out publicly at bars and private party gigs. Nick continued playing drums in New York until his eventual move to Florida where he started playing drums in a worship band where he still plays on Sundays to this day. Through Nick’s work, he met and was friends with Larry, a guitar player who would later talk to Nick about a band he was putting together with their friend Matt. Nick grabbed that brass ring and is now the timing behind The 727s Band…