Grammy-nominated music producer/performer Nicolay was born and raised in The Netherlands (Europe). He played various instruments in various bands and got a formal music education before focusing on the production side of the music making process.

Around 2002, Nicolay met rapper/singer-songwriter Phonte (of Little Brother) on the Okayplayer message boards. They struck up a partnership under the name The Foreign Exchange and released their critically acclaimed debut album Connected, which was completed solely through the use of the internet, in 2004. The success of Connected enabled Nicolay to move to the United States and further pursue his career in music. The Foreign Exchange's sophomore album, Leave It All Behind (2008), was even more successful, culminating in the Grammy nomination for the album's first single, "Daykeeper".

The Hot At Nights

The development of The Hot at Nights parallels that of the world’s most potentially destructive climatic occurrence: Global Warming. They are heavily influenced by the origins of jazz at the turn of the century, emblazoned by the raw and unbridled freedom of the 50′s and 60′s, and electrified by the external forcings of the 80′s. Chris Boerner (The Foreign Exchange, Freeman, Hiss Golden Messenger) on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas (The Mountain Goats, The Rosebuds, Erin McKeown) on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio (Jeanne Jolly, The Foreign Exchange) on drums & keyboards make up the triumvirate of change. Even though there is a tiny contingency of Hot at Nights deniers, real and proven science has determined that they do, in fact, exist on a catastrophic level.

The Hot at Nights are Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, and Nick Baglio. They came together in the Summer of 2010 to explore the sonic possibilities of an 8-string guitar-centered trio. Their first release, Nice Talk, was released in 2011. In 2012, they toured with producer Nicolay (The Foreign Exchange) in support of their collaborative recording Shibuya Session EP, where they played such notable venues as the Blue Note in NYC, Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C., and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. They followed in 2013 with the critically acclaimed ¡Try This!. They live and perform out of Raleigh, NC.

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