Past Bands and Artists Worked With
State of Truth – April 2015 to January 2017
Nic formed State of Truth in April 2015 with ex-Flintlock N Roll members Graham McGregor (Bass) and Steven Barr (Drums), ex-Neon Avenue member Connor Cockburn (Guitar) and singer-songwriter Karen Mowat (Vocals). Graham left in the summer of 2015 to focus on work and they recruited bass player Ian Clyne.
The band had their first gig on the 15th September 2015 at the Glen in Dunfermline and shortly after drummer Steven Barr left to focus on his other band Archives.
State of Truth then focused on writing and hit the studio at the start of 2016 to record their first songs of which 3 were released on the 16th of June 2016. They then spent the rest of the year gigging and promoting their release whilst writing new material.
Unfortunately the band split at the start of 2017 due to members needing to focus on other things however their is always the possibility of a return sometime in the future.
Flintlock N Roll March 2013 to March 2015
Nic formed Flintlock N Roll with singer Jennifer McGregor, drummer Steven Barr and bassist Graham McGregor in 2013. After a month they recruited guitarist Stuart Fury and recorded their first Demo CD in May 2013. After a year of writing and gigging Stuart Fury left to focus on his work and they recruited guitarist Ian Condie. June 2014 saw the release of their Demo CD 1.2 which included two extra songs. December 2014 saw Flintlock N Roll win the Glen Gates Studios Battle of the Bands Competition however the band then ended at the beginning of 2015 due to musical differences and people needing to focus on other things.
April Jai May 2014
April Jai is Edinburgh’s new up and coming artist. Blending her love of Pop and Country music she has developed a voice of her own drawing influence from artists such as Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, The Civil Wars and Hunter Hayes. Performing from a very young age, April has attracted listeners from around the world through her interpretation of others’ music and her talent for song writing. Fresh out of Edinburgh Napier’s bustling music scene she hopes to keep performing new music to audiences across the UK, moving from her home in Edinburgh to London to enhance her career.
Nic had the privilege to work with April in 2014 to help write and record an EP of her songs and he hopes to work with her again in the future.
Theatre Shows Worked In
Rent Uncompromising Artistry Productions 7th – 30th Sep 2015
Uncompromising Artistry Productions is a New York based theatre company and August 2015 saw them bring an amazing production of Rent to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nic was given the amazing opportunity to play Guitar 1 for this production which sold out nearly every night. From a music point of view it brought his playing on dramatically and he would love to play for more shows in the future. During the run of the show not only did he meet all the amazing cast and people involved with the company but I also got to meet the original Mark, Anthony Rapp.
Rent Youth Music Theatre Scotland (YMTS) 16th – 17th Oct 2015
Nic was given another opportunity to play for a production of Rent with Youth Music Theatre Scotland at the Lochgelly Centre in Fife. This was a completely different experience but was great to be part of this youth production. Nic used to take part in shows with YMTS when he was younger and it was nice for him to return as a professional musician. He hopes to do more shows with them in the future.
Vernon God Little – Edinburgh Napier University/ Queen Margaret University 4th Year Acting for Stage and Screen Students – 4th – 6th Feb 2016
Musically Directed by Fraser Harrington who Nic had worked with on both previous productions of “RENT”, this production featured it’s own challenges. The main one being that there wasn’t actually any notated music for it so he had to work closely with the musical director and other members of the band to put it all together. This show was great fun to play with and it was really good for Nic to work with other students from the University.
Sunshine On Leith – Kelty Musical Association – 4th – 7th May 2016
Another great experiences that allowed Nic to make a lot of professional contacts. He only found out that he was playing for this show about a week before as he filled in for musician Fraser Harrington. With each show Nic does his confidence and abilities as a musician improves.
Rent – Glasgow Live Productions – 31st August – 3rd September 2016
Every time Nic plays for a production of Rent, He falls in love with the music all over again. This show was another great experience and the cast were amazing!
Fauxchella Music Festival – Pop Filter – 2nd August – 28th August 2017
The greatest comeback concert ever! Featuring all your favorite groups you’ve never heard of from the 80s to the present day, including Familiar County, Simon Never Said and The Veneers. First appearing at LA’s Groundlings Theatre, musical comedy band Pop Filter satirises pop music with original songs and characters, ripped right off the charts, delivering a spoof-tastic evening of music, laughter and wigs. ‘Smart, keenly observed and hilarious parody of the affectations of various types of music stars, ranging from bubblegum pop to country to rock. If you enjoy music and laughter, see this’ (BestNewYorkComedy.com).
Nic played guitar for New York based comedy group Pop Filter’s show “Fauxchella Music Festival” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 which saw him play for audiences from all across the world. This was the perfect show for Nic, music and comedy combined!