Nick Gunn

Nick G.

Chicago, IL

About Nick G.

Background check: Last verified 10/24/2016
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Nick teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2012
Last sign in: 2 days ago


Lessons from a working multi-platinum selling composer and music producer! Classically trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Nick can teach you how to create music that will launch or bring success to your career! Nick G., also known as world music artist Nicholas G., is a Yamaha sponsored artist who has written and self produced over 15 albums selling millions worldwide achieving 55 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Charts. His warm and and nurturing approach towards students as well as his ability to explain techniques in a simple and accessible manner make him an exceptional teacher. His songwriting, engineering and production skills are unparalleled amongst his peers and he is a proven / verifiable figure in the world of music on an international and highly respected level.

His music has been licensed and used by numerous companies such as Discovery Channel, Wynn Resorts, Universal, Sea World, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Bose Audio to name a few.

He currently produces and composes for the Electronic Dance Music act (We Are) Nexus who have received two iTunes top 100 dance and Billboard charting singles in their first two years. TakeLesson's recently published this article by Nick titled "15 Things You Must Do to Make it in the Music Industry":

Nick is a long time voting member of NARAS, The Grammy’s, and is currently active within the Chicago Chapter.

In Nick's lessons you will learn:
– Conceptualizing and choosing the right song
– Lyric writing, top line melody and song construction
– Working with vocals and vocalists
– Laying the foundation for a successful song
– Recording all the elements, making the right choices
– Working with DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) and how to get the most out of your tools
– Mixing, effect processing and learning objectivity
– Mastering and finalizing your project
– Exposure, getting your track heard. The do’s and don'ts of the music industry
– Follow up. Keep producing and creating from what you have learned. I can be a valuable team member for you and add you to my business network.

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Nick G welcomes you to his Chicago West Loop studio!


(We Are) Nexus / Producer & Composer

May 2012 - Present
(We Are) Nexus

Arrangement, Composition and Music Production Teacher

Feb 2012 - Present
Shotgunn Productions

Specializing in teaching complete arrangement, composition and music production for major music markets such as Top40, Electronic Dance Music, Electro-Pop, Pop.

Nicholas G. - Multi-Platinum World Music Artist & Producer

Jan 1993 - Present
Nicholas G.

Board Member

May 2010 - Jan 2012
Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy

Board member responsibilities included organizing local Youth Battle of the Bands, balancing fiscal budge and fund raising.

CEO and Owner

Sep 2002 - May 2010
Gemini Sun Records

Gemini Sun Records, distributed exclusively by Warner Music Group / ADA represented 75 artists and over 250 titles within the world music genres.


Classical Music

Jan 1994 - Jan 1998
Royal Academy of Music


National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The

Jan 1995

The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.

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16 Reviews on Nick G.

Ryan Nov 19, 2016
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons from Nick for a few weeks now, and he has great insight into building songs from the bottom up. Along with the technical aspect, he really helps you with the process of turning a rough idea into a polished track. I'm looking forward to continuing lessons with Nick!
Nicole May 26, 2016
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next one.
Solveig Whittle Oct 21, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · Online
Verified Student
Great critical feedback! Very professional and direct - no fluff.
Carmen Oct 14, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I'm a vocalist and lyricist and until I took some top line writing lessons with Nick I was struggling. He has a way of making things sound so simple and is beyond talented....brilliant!
Dana Oct 2, 2015
Music Recording · In studio
I learned some really cool engineering techniques in the studio to make my tracks sound better....he's really good at what he does!
Brett Sep 27, 2015
Music Production · In studio
Nick produced my first album "Lonely Traveler" and did a phenomenal job! He is very patient and extremely knowledgeable! He is also loads of fun to work with! I highly recommend Nick as an instructor for production! You will not be disappointed. It will be time well invested! :-)
Jeff Sep 23, 2015
Music Production · In studio
I cannot say better things about Nick Gunn. He has been a tremendous help in my Music Production and is a wealth of knowledge. You see a lot of individuals writing music nowadays, however, it's not as common that you meet a true composer and musician.
Chris Sep 22, 2015
Music Production · In studio
Nick is an amazing teacher! I've been lucky enough to spend a solid amount of time in the studio with him and I've learned so much about recording and music production from watching him work and asking him a TON of questions! He is very generous with his knowledge and he has so much experience with song writing, sound engineering and overall music production. Just listen to his work, no matter what it is, it always sounds so good!!
KJ Sep 20, 2015
Audio Engineering · Online
Nick Gunn is a genius. The quality of knowledge he's serving up to his students is top of the line, exceeding all expectations.
Jason Sep 20, 2015
Music Production · Online
Nick is a great teacher and mentor. He is easy to work with and always takes the time to make sure you get the best out of every situation.

Highly recommended!!
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