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About Nico

Nico is an International Musician from America with 15+ years of experience performing with professional bands, artists, and DJ's.
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London

Nico is an international musician who has performed alongside some of London's most accomplished artists/ acts. He moved to London in 2012 and has been studying, teaching, and performing live since then. Nico currently holds two degrees in music, and since moving to London has performed in over 10 different countries in Europe, South America, and North America. While on tour, Nico has supported famous bands such as The Kooks, Mystery Jets, Catherine Jenkins, Breakbot, Roosevelt, Marilina Bertoli, The Strypes, Toploader, Scott Matthews, and many others. He has also played alongside famous DJ's such as Tony Roberts, Tony Roberts, and Paul Hardcastle Jr, to name a few. As a professional session musician, Nico has played large festivals has toured countless times abroad but when he is in the UK he performs with various Wedding, Corporate, and Party Function bands. These Include: MK & the Misters, Hardcastle Entertainment, The Go 2 Band, The Supreme Collective, The Blue Lion Band, Royal Blue, and also as a Solo/Duo Percussion act. If interested, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Ibiza club, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop, Electro-Swing, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Producer, Songwriter, Drum technician, Lyricist, Composer, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Jubel - Klingande
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
The man with the Red Face - Laurent Garnier
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Africa - ToTo
Let Her Go - Passanger
Anywhere - Rita Ora
Versace on the Floor - Bruno Mars
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
One Kiss - Calvin Harris
Love on Top - Beyonce
Havana - Camila Cabello
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Imagine - John Lennon
All of Me - John Legend
Happy - Pharell Williams
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Get Lucky - Daft Punk ft. Pharell
Chandelier - Sia
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Shake if off - Taylor Swift
Titanium - David Guetta
Never too Much - Luther Vandross
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Valerie - Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse
Best of my Love - The Emotions
Got to be Real - Cheryl Lynn
This Girl - Kungs vs. Cookin on 3 Burners
I wanna dance with somebody - Whitney Houston
Ain't no Mountain high enough - Marvin Gaye
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Head & Heart - Joel Corry ft. MNEK
Flowers - Sweet Female Attitude
Show me Love - Robin S
Uptown Funk - Mark Romson ft. Bruno Mars
All Cried Out - Blonde
Piece of your heart - MEDUZA
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
Light it up - Major Lazer
Free - Ultra Nate
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Lady (hear me tonight) - Modjo
Freed From Desire - Gala
17 - MK
How Deep is your Love - Calvin Harris
Come Together - Beatles
Heard it through the grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Respect – Aretha Franklin
I got you (I feel Good) – James Brown
What’s going on - Marvin Gaye
Lady Marmalade – Patti LaBelle
Stuck in the middle with you – Stealers Wheel
Play that funky music - White Cherry
We are Family – Sister Sledge
Long train runnin – Doobie Brothers
September - Earth Wind and Fire
Le freak – Chic
Thinking of you - Sister sledge
Blame it on the boogie – The Jackson 5
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Let’s stay together - Al Green
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Good times – Chic
Signed sealed delivered - Stevie Wonder
I wish - Stevie Wonder
Go your own way – Fleetwood Mac
Car wash – Rose Royce
I will survive – Gloria Gaynor
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Like a Prayer - Madonna
I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
Everybody Dance - Chic
Got to be Real - Cheryl Lynn
Just the two of us – Bill Withers
Love Come Down - E Champagne
PYT – Michael Jackson
Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
Proud Mary- Tina Turner
A Night to Remember - Shalamar
Kiss – Prince
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Never too much – Luther Vandross
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
We don't have to take our clothes off – Jermaine Stewart
Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Happy - Pharrell
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Uptown funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Locked out of heaven – Bruno Mars
Moves like Jagger - Maroon 5
Can't stop the feeling - Justin Timberlake
Cake by the ocean – DNCE
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Shake it off - Taylor Swift
Havana - Camilla Cabello
24K Magic - Bruno Mars
One Kiss - Dua Lipa
One Dance - Drake
Finnesse – Bruno Mars
Giant - Calvin Harris ft. Rag 'n' Bone Man
Waiting all night - Rudimental
Gold Dust - DJ Fresh
No Diggity – Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre
No Scrubs - TLC
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Don’t let Go - En Vogue
Red Alert - Basement Jaxx
Let Me Entertain you - Robbie Williams
Who do you think you are - Spice Girls
Free - Ultra Nate
Cosmic girl - Jamiroquai
Sing it back – Moloko
Believe - Cher
Smooth - Rob Thomas & Carlos Santana
Show me Love - Robin S.
Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield
Everybody (Backstreets Back) - Backstreet Boys
Freed From Desire - Gala
Put your records on – Corinne Bailey Rae
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Little L -Jamiroquai
Murder on the Dance Floor - Sophie Ellis Baxter
Hips don’t lie - Shakira
Deja Vu – Beyonce
You got the love – Florence & the Machine
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
American boy – Estelle
Rock your body - Justin Timberlake
Mercy - Duffy
Valerie - Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse
Monkey Man - Toots and the Maytals
Senorita – Justin Timberlake
Whenever Wherever - Shakira
Can’t get you out of my head - Kylie Minogue
Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston
Closer - Ne-Yo
The Weekend - Michael Gray
Crazy in Love - Beyonce
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Interaction with the crowd, musicality & professionalism.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Numerous venues in the UK and worldwide. Including festivals, corporate events and weddings.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

John Bonham, Tito Puente, Vinnie Caliouta, Dave Weckl.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I've performed for Warner Brothers. I've also performed in Buenos Aires, Argentina opening for the Kooks in front of thousands of fans. I've played Festivals all over Europe and UK with various bands and artists.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be as flexible as possible and to make sure your events runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know i advance.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free, unless there's a DJ booked with me as a percussionist.

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes (solo percussion) 45 minutes (DJ, sax & percussion)

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. DJ playlist is an open DJ format, but you can request songs in advance.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument. I will also bring my own DJ decks and laptop for DJing gigs.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£125
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£370
Up to 3 hours£600

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Adam H, 3 years ago

MK & the Misters played at our wedding in April and were absolutely fantastic. All setting up and arrangements on the day were faultless, and the band were easy to work with, as well as being very polite and professional. The band were incredible and kept the dance floor packed from the first song to the last. Their wide ranging playlist has plenty to appeal to both young and old, and everyone was singing and dancing along. All in all our expectations were far exceeded by this amazing band. Excellent, 5 stars.

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Kirsten H, 3 years ago

Amazing band- created a great atmosphere, thank you!

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