Charles Nicholson

Charles N.

North Las Vegas, NV

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About

Charles delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:
2012

Growing up I played in numerous bands over the years in Las Vegas. I started touring with my own bands just before my final semester of high school and haven't stopped since. Throughout middle school and high school I was a staple member of the drum line. Playing everything from snare drum to bass, quads/quints, cymbals, and drum set. All while playing shows and festivals with my bands outside of school.

Since the start of my touring career and working for numerous production companies, I have played for and worked with artists such as This Romantic Tragedy (Tragic Hero Records Alumni), Survive This (Epitaph Records Alumni), Big and Rich, Gladys Knight, Rick Springfield, Distinguisher (Artery Global), Trey songs, T.I., Asia feat. John Payne, Robert Delong, and plenty more.

Currently I play for a band called A Friend, A Foe. We have two EPs out along with plenty of singles and are currently working on our first full length record. We have performed on festivals here in Las Vegas such as Las Rageous, Vans Warped Tour, Extreme Thing, and have toured the country only to keep touring more in hopes of going abroad. I am also a drum tech for a few different drummers and bands locally and touring.

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Experience

Drum Tech
Jan 2018 - Present
Distinguisher

Local and touring. Load in/out, build/teardown, soundcheck, tuning and maintenance

Drum Tech
May 2017 - Present
Johnny Fedevich

Gear transportation, load in/out, build/teardown, tuning and maintenance for all projects including Michael Cavanaugh, Paul Charles Band, and ASIA feat. John Payne

Backline Tech/Stagehand
Apr 2017 - Present
Brooklyn Bowl

Load in/out, audio patching, backline build/teardown

Backline Tech
Feb 2016 - Present
AV Vegas

Order prep, delivery, build/teardown, tech, maintenance

Drummer
Jul 2015 - Present
A Friend, A Foe

Full time drummer

Backline Tech
Jul 2016 - Jan 2017
Jonas Productions

Backline equipment rental, touring backline tech, driver (non CDL, DOT certified), instrument and a/v gear maintenance. Worked with artists such as Big Data, Michael Cavanaugh, Big N Rich, Gladys Knight, Gent De Zona, Steel Panther, Winger along with events for Google, Pandora, the Latin Grammys and more

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Production Tech
Oct 2015 - Dec 2016
Clark County Parks and Recreation - Special events

Mobile Stage setup, Outdoor festival production, stagehand, stage lighting, sound production, guest/artist services, ticket booth, maintenance, Inventory, customer service, runner

Drummer/Drum Tech
Jun 2012 - Feb 2014
Survive This!

Extreme Thing, Las Vegas, NV, March 31, 2012, artist
Bury The Hatchet Tour Feat. Falling In Reverse (Epitaph Records), Escape The Fate (Epitaph Records), Chelsea Grin (Artery Recordings), February-March 2014, drum tech
Extreme Thing, Las Vegas, NV March 29, 2014, drum tech

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Touring Drummer
Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
This Romantic Tragedy

The Air I breathe Farewell Tour (Rise Records, invogue records, tragic hero records), February-March 2013
This Romantic Tragedy headlining tour (tragic hero records, bullet tooth records), March 2013

Education

Standard Diploma
Aug 2009 - Jun 2013
Pahrump Valley High School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

BMI
Jan 2018

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 2017

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

Photos & Videos

A Friend, A Foe - "rat." music video
A Friend, A Foe - "Force Fed" music video
Pearl Theater inside the Palms with A Friend, A Foe opening for Megadeth 2017

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Las Rageous with A Friend, A Foe 2017

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A Friend, A Foe - "Cry Wolf" music video
Chain Reaction with A Friend, A Foe

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On tour with A Friend, A Foe 2017

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A Friend, A Foe CD release at Vinyl 2017

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A Friend, A Foe - "Face Value" music video

6 Reviews

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Donny D. May 3, 2018
Drum · In home

Very knowledgeable and patient. Definitely will work on your schedule and came prepared. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Ariana Apr 1, 2018
Drum · In home

Highly recommended! Charlie is very patient and understanding. 5/5

Stephen Mar 28, 2018
Drum · In home

Charlie is a master of nuance and a patient teacher.

Christopher Mar 28, 2018
Drum · In home

Charlie is very knowledgeable and personal when it comes to the drums. He will break it all down in a way you can understand. Definitely a great drummer and instructor. You will not regret hiring him.

Jordyn Mar 27, 2018
Drum · In studio

I have absolutely no rhythm. I’ve never played the drums before and Charlie still took his time to teach me. He’s super nice and willing to take the time to teach the little things. Highly recommended!

Trevor Mar 27, 2018
· In studio

What can I say, the man knows what he’s doing and effectively teaches what one wishes to learn about behind the drum set. Always am skeptical when starting with a new instructor but Charlie has to by far be my favorite. He’s patient, wise, and relatable. I highly recommend him to anyone aspiring to learn the drums.

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