MAJORminor Nick Katz

Seventeen year-old Nick Katz must have a genetic predisposition for a career in music.
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Seventeen year-old Nick Katz must have a genetic predisposition for a career in music. His father, Zev, is an acclaimed bassist for artists such as Roseanne Cash and Hall & Oates. A senior at New York’s famed LaGuardia High School, Nick has been playing bass and keyboards since age four. He plans on attending music school for classical composition and film scoring.

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First memory of hearing keyboards and being intrigued: I’ve always loved ’50s rock ’n’ roll and New Orleans-style piano. Keyboards have taken on an increasing role in my musical life since I started composing.

Musical heroes: The Rolling Stones, the Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Little Feat, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, and Bernard Herrmann.

Worst gig nightmare? I once had to perform with severe food poisoning. Fortunately, by the time we actually got onstage, most of the reaction had subsided. I still felt like crap, though!

How important is traditional music training? I think that it’s an essential part of becoming a well-rounded musician. Understanding the academic side of music allows you to make sense of your own musical instincts.

Favorite keyboard equipment: I love the Native Instruments soft synth Massive. It lets you build sounds from scratch and polish them in minute detail, and also has a fantastic template bank from which to choose. I work at Euphoria Productions in New York City, and they have a Nord Electro 3, which is one of my favorites. I’m partial to Wurly and Rhodes sounds, and the Electro mimics them perfectly.

Role recording technology plays in your music: I use Sibelius, Pro Tools and Ableton Live regularly. I use an Edirol PC-300 with Ableton to sequence MIDI tracks, and I use an Avid Mbox to record into Pro Tools.

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