Nick Nicotine

Nick Nicotine

Infobox musical artist
Name = Maestro Nick Nicotine IV


Img_capt = Maestro Nick Nicotine IV, 2008
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Origin = Barreiro, Portugal
Genre = rock
soul
garage rock
Film Score
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Label = Hey, Pachuco! Recs., Groovie Records, Beatnickmoon
Associated_acts = The Act-Ups Nicotine's Orchestra Jekkill Lovers Los Santeros The Ballyhoos Big River Johnson Dynamic Duel Fat Pack Bro-X Os Sultões
URL = [http://www.myspace.com/maestronicknicotine Maestro Nick Nicotine's Myspace]

Maestro Nick Nicotine IV it’s the artistic name of Carlos Alexandre Ramos, a Portuguese musician, born near Barreiro in 1977. Two dates are pointed out as his birth date: August 22nd and August 16th, the latter being widely accepted as the right one.
Natural born piano player he soon quited the instrument on the account of being "too heavy to carry it to the beach" and started playing some guitar.

Bands

After playing drums in some high-school punk bands like Ervas Daninhas and Dandy, Nick Nicotine started his career in 1996 recording the first Los Santeros demo tape, playing the drums, bass and guitar in it. In 1998 he grouped Los Santeros along with Fast Eddie Nelson and Chicken Birdie Joey. Also in that year he joined and avant-gard punk band called Jekkill Lovers where he got to know Mamma Iola and also got himself a new nick name: Nick Nicotine.
In 1999 he joined the Country-Punk band The Sullens. The Sullens achieved minor success in the punk rock underground scene and disbanded in October 2001, the same year The Act-Ups were formed.
During that time span (1999-2001) he formed The Ballyhoos with Johnny Intense, the guitar player from The Act-Ups and The Sullens and Mamma Iola.
In 2005 he created the Nicotine's Orchestra, a rock and roll one-man-band where Nick plays the drums, guitar, organ and sings.2006 saw the birth of two projects: Fat Pack, a romantic duo with Nicotine on Piano and Fast Eddie Nelson on vocals and Bro-x, an hip-hop project.In 2008 he started Os Sultões a band destined to recover 50's and 60's rock and roll hits.

Barreiro Rocks and Hey, Pachuco!

Nick is the promoter of Barreiro Rocks Festival, an annual Garage Rock festival. The festival is going on since 2000.He's also the president of Hey, Pachuco!, a cultural association and record label.

Bands Chronology

Ervas Daninhas (1995-1997)
Dandy (1996)
Dr. Jekkill Lovers (1998)
Los Santeros (1996-present)
Dynamic Duel (2000-?)
The Sullens (1999-2001)
The Act-Ups (2001-present)
The Ballyhoos (1999-present)
Big River Johnson (2002-2006)
Nicotine's Orchestra (2005-present)
The Fat Pack (2005-present)
Bro-x (2005-present)
Os Sultões (2008)

Discography

* "Los Santeros - Los Santeros featuring Nick Nicotine" (1996)
* "The Sullens - The Sullens" (2000)
* "Dynamic Duel - Moby Dick"(2000)
* "The Ballyhoos - Telepathic" (2000)
* "The Ballyhoos - Ballyhoo Riot" (2002)
* "Los Santeros - Los Santeros live at Chihuahua '77 '(2002)
* "Los Santeros - Respeto y Honor" (2003)
* "Big River Johnson - Wang Dang Doodle" (2003)
* "The Act-Ups - I Bet you Love Us Too" (2003)
* "The Ballyhoos - Split with Bananas" (2003)
* "The Act-Ups - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (2006)
* "Nicotine's Orchestra - 6 songs" (2006)
* "The Act-Ups - Take me Home EP" (2006)
* "Nicotine's Orchestra - La trahison des sons" (2007)
* "The Act-Ups - Play the old psychedelic sounds of today" (2008)

Filmography

* "O Paciente - Dir. Pedro Brito" (2002)
* "Sem Respirar - Dir. Pedro Brito" (2004)
* "A Culpa - Dir. Irina Calado" (2006)
* "Sem Dúvida Amanhã - Dir. Pedro Brito" (2006)
* "O Silêncio - Dir. Irina Calado" (2006)

External links

* [http://www.myspace.com/maestronicknicotine Maestro Nick Nicotine's Myspace]
* [http://www.myspace.com/actups The Act-Ups Myspace]
* [http://www.myspace.com/xangai Bro-x Myspace]
* [http://www.myspace.com/nicotinesorchestra Nicotine's Orchestra Myspace]


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