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Nico

The sound began to evolve when front man Nico (guitars / vocals) started playing gigs in coffee shops on the West Coast of Canada where he grew up. In 1995 he packed up his guitar and a few albums of his most influential artists (U2, Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Martin Sexton) and moved to Amsterdam to help in a rehabilitation center for drug addicts and the homeless. On the side he refined his songwriting and started playing the streets, coffee shops, and bars; 3 years later he hooked up with Pappy (drums / percussion) and they started doing gigs together.
After playing shows in Switzerland, England, Holland, and Canada, Nico migrated to the States to do music full-time playing venues ranging from stadiums to colleges, to homeless shelters, to youth gatherings, to a few main stage slots at East Coast music Festivals.

Eventually, the momentum of success drew in Pablo Honey (bass) who brought a new paradigm of good ol' fashioned funk to the music and Scotty B. (guitars) who has camellia-like playing versatility where he can sound like Slash or David Wilcox depending on how many eggs he ate for breakfast.
The band sold over 5000 albums independently and with the help of a short-lived record deal (NSI Records) NICO was able to play in front of over 40,000 people and shared the stage with many national acts including Jars of Clay.

In 2004 the band recorded with Grammy-winning engineer and producer Mitch Dane in Nashville, TN but shortly after the EP was released, the band took a hiatus and Nico moved to Canada. He has since produced several albums (Maeve, Rachel Taylor, Kristie Levesque) and currently resides in Kelowna, BC where he plays only a few shows per year.

Nico (AKA Nico Boesten) is a husband, father, entrepreneur, supporter of indie artists, soccer lover, and least importantly a novice land kiteboarder and spends most of his days working alongside the collaborative and experimental efforts of TribeHouse Artist Collective. On the side, he is a graphic designer and creates websites, logos, and other branding-related designs under the name Fair Trade Creative.

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