Born in Paddington, London, Nick’s early life was filled with music. “I was singing hymns and harmonising with my mum from as early as I can remember. I was interested in the guitar from the age of two and picked up my first instrument at the age of three. At 13 I started playing bass guitar and then I was hooked for life.”
After playing bass with a succession of bands on the London circuit throughout the 1990s, Nick emigrated to Australia for a different lifestyle and a break from the UK music scene. Returning to London a few years later Nick immediately hooked up with old musician friends Dave Miles and Paul Harris and started writing songs and playing guitar again – this time the acoustic. This sparked a creative period, and a busy gigging schedule for the trio – and later Nick’s nine-piece funk-soul band People – leading to renewed fame on the London circuit.
Since then, Nick’s career has gone from strength to strength and since his move to Hampshire in 2005 he has become one of the standout singer songwriters in the crowded music scene of the south coast. He turned professional in 2012 when he obtained his beloved Taylor 810 6-string guitar which he is rarely without.
Likened to a mixture of John Mayer and Counting Crows with generous helpings of John Martyn and Elvis Costello with a Jeff Buckley chaser, Nick’s music is unexpected – it can be powerful and edgy but also soulful and tender.
Nick’s fan-funded album ‘3 AM’ landed in 2014 to great critical acclaim. Through it, Nick has enjoyed airplay and interviews on BBC6 Music, BBC Introducing The South and BBC London as well as radio stations across Europe and the USA. Tom Robinson is a fan of Nick’s music and recently said “He’s just sooo good!” after playing his favourite track ‘Don’t’ two-weeks running on his BBC6 Music show.
His stint with Celtic rockers COAST in 2013 as their bass player was a welcome digression and gave Nick a taste for the fantastic festival scene in Germany, Norway and Denmark. He can also be heard playing double bass on Glastonbury Festival’s favourite folk star Lucy Kitchen’s debut album ‘Waking’.
Late in 2016 he formed a band with fellow Hampshire musician Jazz double bass player Bastien Terraz and have just released an the album “Authentic” available to buy from this site as well as the usual digital outlets. The recent addition of Guy Siviour on drums is making a huge impact on the sound and feel of the ensemble and signs are good that the addition of these other talented and experienced musicians are the start of something quite wonderful.
As well as all this Nick finds time to support and promote new music from all over the globe through his quietly popular podcast ‘Is This Thing On’. which this year 2018 celebrates a magnificent ten years of existence!
Nick Tann Trio