Nic Hard’s career in music began in the late 90’s while DJ’ing in clubs and house parties throughout Philadelphia and later, London. Having a deep background in DJ’ing and making dance music has provided Nic with an incredible foundation and affinity for what has become the backbone of record making.
Nic has worked with such diverse artists as Joey Ramone, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Eagle Eye Cherry, Flava Flav and Jesse Malin.
Currently, Nic is recording Snarky Puppy’s lastest studio album. Most recently, he has mixed Bokante’s latest release, co-produced and mixed Bill Laurance’s Cables CD, mixed The Huntertones’ newest entitled Passport and a forthcoming live release by Snarky Puppy.
In 2017, Nic’s work on Snarky Puppy’s Culcha Vulcha earned him his very first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
Keith Carlock, Steely Dan’s drummer, raves about Nic: “I have a very particular sound that I have always heard in my head, but never could get it translated to recordings. Nic naturally knew what to do. He listened to the drums in the room and “got it” right away. He knew how to get on tape the balance and mix of the kit just as I heard it while playing, and that’s really incredible and very rare in my experience! I look forward to working with Nic every time I’m fortunate to do so. He’s the real thing.”
In May of 2016, Nic Hard earns his first #1 album on the iTunes Jazz Charts with Snarky Puppy’s Culcha Vulcha (GroundUP Music/Universal/Verve).
Previously, Nic mixed Lucy Woodward’s GroundUP debut entitled Til They Bang On The Door coming out on 15 July 2016. Also on GroundUP, Nic mixed Bill Laurance’s latest release – Aftersun and Charlie Hunter’s new album Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth. Nic remixed Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” which she performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and did a few remixes for David Guetta.