Nicholas Semrad is a keyboardist and programmer based in both Los Angeles and New York City currently touring with Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Mark Guiliana's Beat Music, Donny McCaslin, Knower, Jennah Bell, and The Lesson NYC.
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 in the past have been with Miss Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, Bilal, Liv Warfield, Meg Mac, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Terrace Martin, and Bootsy Collins. He currently resides in Los Angeles and New York City.
Nicholas not only endorses, but designs and beta tests for, Yamaha keyboards/synths and Sequential. 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.