Nicholas Semrad is a keyboardist and programmer based in both Los Angeles and New York City.


Born in the small town of Fremont, Nebraska, he studied Suzuki classical piano for 14 years before studying private jazz and rhythm study with ex-Wynton Marsalis/Norah Jones drummer Dana Murray.


After touring the midwest blues scene with blues legend Magic Slim (and the Tear Drops), Nicholas re-located to New York City where he started playing with some of the finest musicians around. Touring stints and gigs with Miss Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, Bilal, Liv Warfield and Gabriel Garzon-Montano led to his current opportunities touring and recording with Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Knower, Donny McCaslin, Terrace Martin, and Bootsy Collins. Nicholas is also an original member of “Gentei Kaijo”, the well-known house band for famed NYC experimental jam session “The Lesson”.


Nicholas not only endorses, but designs and beta tests for, Yamaha keyboards/synths and Dave Smith Instruments. Nicholas also is endorsed by Aguilar Amplification, Earthquaker Devices, PedalTrain, Strymon, Red Panda Labs, Alexander Pedals/Disaster Area, Dwarfcraft Pedals, MWFX, Walrus Audio, Catalinbread, and Old Blood Noise.