Nicholas Robert Thayer is a London-born, Melbourne-based composer, producer and DJ, working across neo-classical, electronic, and rock music. He built his name in the club music realm under the pseudonym ‘Nick Thayer’, where he is known for defying the limiting factors of genre. This approach is reflected in all his work, which is characterised by the drawing together of disparate musical ideas: lightness and darkness, harmony and dissonance, noise and silence.
Coming from a family firmly planted in the music world, Nicholas grew up with a classical music training, studying violin and piano, before branching out into the world of rock and funk as a guitarist with a string of bands. Then, deciding that computers were easier to deal with than lead singers, Nick forged a path for himself as an electronic music producer and DJ.
Club music career as Nick Thayer
In a career spanning over fifteen years as an electronic artist, Thayer has released a slew of his original tracks released on various record labels, most notably Skrillex’s OWSLA and now his own label, Nick Thayer Music, Nick has remixed for Fall Out Boy, Zedd and MIA amongst others. He currently has a project underway with Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee and has collaborated with other artists including N’fa, Amba Shepherd, Mikill Payne, DJ Yoda, A Skillz, and AC Slater. A relentless performer, he has played DJ sets all over the world including internationally renowned clubs Fabric in London and Avalon in Los Angeles, to festivals Burning Man, Hard Summer and Ultra in USA, Shambhala and Connect in Canada, and Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Future Music, Creamfields and Summadayze in Australia, as well as MONA’s MOFO Festival in 2015. He also toured with his OWSLA label mates in North America, Skrillex’s tour in Europe, Zedd and Porter Robinson’s Poseidon tour in North America, and Mat Zo in Australia.
Thayer was presented with Best Electronic Artist at the 2013 Music Victoria Awards, and his remix of Drumattic Twins’ Feelin’ Kinda Strange with Bass Kleph won Best Remix at Breakspoll 2005. His music has featured on video games for Playstation, the TV show CSI Miami, and TV commercials including Toyota Hilux, and he also worked on Mr Sugar’s song in the acclaimed That Sugar Film.
2015 saw Nicholas’ first commissioned contemporary score, writing the music for Sydney Dance Company’s ‘Reign’, choreographed by Daniel Riley from Bangarra Dance Theatre. The work drew heavily on Thayer’s electronic background and also his classical training, using contemporary production techniques as the bridge to fuse the two together. Further commissions soon followed. Nicholas and his wife Juliet Burnett (First Soloist with Ballet Vlaanderen and former Senior Artist with The Australian Ballet), and Gabrielle Adamidis, were commissioned by MONA museum in Hobart to create a film work for the Dark MOFO festival 2016. Titled ‘Letting Blood’, the score further blurs the boundaries between electronic and neo-classical composition and the use of production as a compositional technique. The score was nominated for 'Best Music For a Short Film' in the 2016 ARIA Screen Music Awards. Nicholas was then commissioned by the West Australian Ballet to score a work ‘Megatruh’, choreographed by Melanie Lane, for their 2016 gala in Jakarta. This score explores the overlap between traditional Javanese music and contemporary Western classical music, again viewed through the prism of Thayer’s heavily involved production methods and classical training.
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