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Nicholas Marks (born 1988) is an Australian composer, pianist/keyboardist and producer. He has gained a reputation as a forward-thinking composer and improviser, whose musical vernacular reflects deep knowledge of various genres and pushes the boundaries of what is possible.
Marks has been an avid fan of Nord keyboards after he first discovered the Nord Electro 3 as a teenager. The Stage 2 and Electro 3HP have been essential tools in his career achievements thus far, with their immaculate sounds, intuitive design, and ability to shape and craft new sounds out of the traditional Rhodes, Organ, Wurli and Synth patches in instrument. With Nord’s products, Marks has created a diverse body of work spanning genres jazz, neo-soul, electronica and classical/orchestral music, across multiple platforms from instrumental groups to screen. Nord keyboards have played a significant role in his principal project, “Hey Frankie”: from composing, arranging or producing in the studio, to playing major festivals and shows both home and abroad. The group’s batch of genre-bending neo-soul / electronica / jazz songs have been gaining widespread attention both at home and overseas with radio play (including Triple J), chart spots (RDIO’s top 10 Aussie Playlist) and rave reviews (QANTAS Magazine including Hey Frankie as “an exciting mix of Australian Acts” at Queenscliff Music Festival). The group’s music video has been shortlisted for awards, and screened at national festivals including St Kilda Film Festival 2015.
Nord keyboards have also served Marks’ composing for screen, including TV scores, short films and feature films. He composed the feature score for documentary, “Love Your Sister” (starring Guy Pearce and Samuel Johnson), which aired nation-wide on Network 10. He’s worked with distinguished artists including members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, LIOR, Luke Howard, The Grigoryan Brothers, as well as collaborated with many artists both in Melbourne and abroad.