Our Story

Our band has been playing together since 2014.  We specialize in rock instrumentals and popular hits with soaring vocal harmonies.  The band members have played in many other acts, including Mariah, 5 O'clock Charlie, Latitude Adjustment, Prohibition, Liquid Crush, and others.

Nick's Bio: 
"I grew up in the middle of nowhere, and in looking for something interesting to keep myself busy, I took up the guitar at the age of 9.  Move forward a few years and I began to discover players like Eddie Van Halen,  Randy Roads, and my main influence, Mr.Joe Satriani. I started playing in bands at the age of 15 to the dismay of my opera loving father. Today I'll admit that all the symphony, and opera music filled a corner of my mind that still exits there today. The first band that actually took off for me was a group named Mariah. We were primarily an 80s cover band. I'm still of the opinion that the 80s was the best time to be a guitar player. Learning to do solos was much more important then than now.  That group would have been big but like a lot of bands, there was arguing, and differences of opinion that couldn't be overcome. Was 4 years I would never give up. A lot of life later, I got the bug to perform again. The big idea was to be an all original act. I had a lot of songs rattling around in my mind and I felt that if didn't get them out,  I might never have a chance to be heard. I began looking for the ultimate singer and found a wonderful woman named Nicole Schmidt who had an amazing voice and was drop dead beautiful. Only problem was I didn't like her last name so I married her and changed it. Along came a man who would become a brother to me named John. He was a guitar player but had changed to bass out of necessity. Thank God for that because he's my bass player now. We had a few drummer issues through the years, but came to settle on a man who I've known ever since I was 19. Chris and I played together as kids and moved on to live our lives for almost 20 years until we came together again to be in The NIX together. He then brought Brett into the mix and we were a complete group. I've never said it to Brett because I'm an egotistical guitar player but a band is soooo much better with a great keyboard player like Bret. I'm so lucky to have these people in my life.  Not band members, but family."




 
John's Bio:  I started playing guitar in the late 80's and eventually transitioned to classical guitar.  I played several instruments in bands before settling on the bass.  In the  90's I played around Milwaukee as part of No Illusions, as well as a stint with a band in St. Louis.  In the early 00s I was part of a classical guitar and flute duet.  More recently I played in the bands Latitude Adjustment and Prohibition, which each toured around the state.  I joined NIX in 2014 as a way to expand his musical resume to include instrumentals and progressive rock.  I still perform classical and jazz solos as well.






 

Pam'ala's Bio:  I didn't know that I was naturally gifted to play drums until my eighth grade music teacher brought it to light. Over the past 20 years, I have worked locally with both original and cover bands, as well as a few singer/songwriters (Blarney Castle, LASH, Bad Medicine, The Cheap Shots, The American Patriots, Geoff Landon & The Wolfpack, Rocky Mountain Oyster Band, Jennifer Dekorah, Michael Sean, etc.) There are way too many influences for me to list but Danny Carey of TOOL is one of my all-time favorite drummers and my favorite band is Veruca Salt. To relax, I enjoy kicking back with a microbrew or wine and a premium flavored cigar.

Brett joined NIX in early 2016, bringing his considerable keyboard skills to the mix.  He has played in numerous bands including Liquid Crush.
Nick rocking for one of our videos.

Nick rocking for one of our videos.

Nikki wows the crowd in Fond du Lac.

Nikki wows the crowd in Fond du Lac.

John holding down the bass while opening for the BoDeans.

John holding down the bass while opening for the BoDeans.

Pam'ala on drums

Pam'ala on drums

Brett's game face.

Brett's game face.