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Dino Nickolas

Rock, Funk & Jazz Fusion Drummer
Born in 1968 (Northern California)
Drum interest at age 13
First drum set (Gretsch) at age 20
Favorite Drummer: Ian Mosely

San Francisco & Bay Area Clubs

Many smaller venues from 1995-2000

Bands
1988-1989 - The Nymphs
1989-1990 - 5 Year Plan
1989-1992 - Stranger Than Fiction
1991-1992 - The Jones Band
1992-1993 - The Mudkats
1992-1995 - JuzBcuZ
1995-1999 - Cabin Fever
1995-1997 - The Apple Gang
1996-1999 - The Grain
2000-2003 - PJD
2004-2006 - AGD

Opener for National Touring Bands

Starship - 1992
Edgar Winter - 1994
Blue Oyster Cult - 1994
J. Geils Band - 1994
Abraxas Pool - 1994
Steve Morse - 1995
Blue Oyster Cult - 1995
Abraxas Pool - 1995

Hundreds of Performances

Live shows in Northern California
Sessions as hired studio drummer
Studio drummer and drum tech: configuration and optimization of in-house drum kits involving tuning, mic placement, room placement, drum tracking, post compression & gating and performance on client CDs.


Engineering, Production, Teaching

1999-Present - Cabin Media Studios - Owner/Engineer
Production, engineering, performance, mastering
Studio Session Drummer
Over 50 Production Projects
Private Drum Instructor: Students aged 13-45.
Promoter for private parties & corporate events.

Drumming Influences

Ian Mosely, Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Peart, Bill Bruford, Mitch Mitchell, Phil Collins/Chester Thompson, Billy Cobham, John Bohnam, Graham Lear, Ginger Baker, Chris Layton, Elvin Jones, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Stewart Copeland, Gregg Bissonette, Jeff Campitelli

Top 10 Band Influences

Rush, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Genesis, Marillion, Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan, Stevie Ray Vaughn

Studied Under

George Marsh (Santa Cruz)
Les DeMerle (Chicago)


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