- Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Audio Engineering Basics
- BA in Music Industry w/emphasis in Film and Video production, Minnesota State University Moorhead 2007
SKILLS AND SPECIALIZED TRAINING
- Guitar (beginner to advanced)
- Bass (beginner to intermediate)
- Ukulele (beginner to intermediate)
- Kids Rockband leader
- Music Theory/Ear Training and Composition
- Mixing, Mastering, Production, & Engineering (Pro Tools)
- Video editor (Final Cut Pro)
Nick Taylor grew up near the beautiful badlands of western North Dakota surrounded by musical families on both sides. His dad took him to watch jazz big bands when he was young and that love of brass and horn sections has stuck with him ever since.
A self taught drummer since the age of 10, Nick played in a couple rock bands, played trumpet and tuba, and some bass when he was in high school along with choir. During holidays he would and still does get together with his family to celebrate and play music together.
Nick studied jazz guitar under Dan Phillips while earning a bachelors degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. His concentration was in music industry along with film production. He has been messing around with cameras since he was young filming random things, usually having to do with wildlife, sports, or mountains and nature. The MSUM guitar ensemble, Jarafuho, and the Fillers gave Nick some awesome experiences and great new friendships. They kept him busy performing at local, bars, ski resorts, parties, and the 10,000 Lakes festival near the final years of college. Since graduating from MSUM in 2007 he has fell in love with the Seattle/Bellingham area after moving out here to intern at Victory Studios in the audio post department and also finding a love of teaching snowboarding and skiing at Snoqualmie Pass and Mount Baker. He now shoots professional stills, and time lapse photography and produces live multi camera concert videos whether its audio or video side of things.
In 2008 Nick was missing drums after intensely studying music theory and guitar technique at MSUM. Before asking his parents to ship his drums out west he discovered Charlie Hunter and the custom 8 string novax guitar one night at Jazz Alley in Seattle and from then on his musical journey took a direct turn towards learning that instrument. The 8 string guitar also influenced Nick to be more of a bass player than guitar player the last few years. Even more so he became a drummer again, as the 8 string guitar for him is like a drumset made out of a bass and guitar and playing polyrhythms between them is the main focus. You might see him throwing some beatboxing in over the top as he has been making accepella noises from his mouth since 2002.
Nick landed in Bellingham after a truck driving hiatus in back home in North Dakota to save some funds as well as revisit what he really wanted to do in the music industry. He came up with a plan to return to school to get an education degree from Western WA University, but instead started to teach independently and Co-own Wild Hare Music School, performing with Snug Harbor as well as truck driving for Lynden Door from 2013 to 2017.
After expanding his presence in the Bellingham community and discovering his love of teaching, Nick had an opportunity to start his own music school which opened on March 1st 2017. Bellinghome School of Music offers private and group music lessons as well as performance opportunities and rehearsal space. There are 10 studios with 19 talented teachers and around 140 young talented kiddos as well as several bands keeping Bellinghome a hopping place. It is a musical center and hub of awesome friends, families, and musicians beginner to advanced to professional.
Some of Nick’s Influences include(in no particular order): DJ Logic,Stanton Moore, Simon Lott, Jimmy Smith, James motha F’in Brown, Charlie Hunter, Tony Monaco, Bill Frisell, Will Bernard, John Scofield, Medeski Martin and Wood, Dan Phillips, Glenn Ginn, Miles Davis, Phish, String Cheese Incident, Victor Wooten, Jaco, my brother Adam Taylor, friends and Family.
Nick Taylor Novax Project – revolving sets of musicians
Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers
Bellinghome Kids Rockband Director
- Jarafuho – “41-21” (2007)
- The Fillers – “Trailer Park Mamma” (single) 2009
- Snug Harbor “This is Snug” (2012)
- Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers EP (Demo) (2016)
- Snug Harbor “Right Here Right Now” (2017)
- Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers “Slippery Slope” 2018