• Handpan Player
  • Drummer
  • Percussionist
  • Recording Artist
  • Designer

Who is NikMartken.

“Rhythm is everywhere… It’s all around us, you can feel it, even touch it sometimes. It is inside you, your heart, breathe, the way you walk: that’s rhythm.
Rhythm is everything”.

I am NikMartken, an Italian drummer and poli-percussionist which, as you can see above, is obsessed with rhythm and all rhythmic instruments. I like defining myself a drummer more than percussionist because the drums were my first love: I have been playing different styles since I was 16, from rock to metal, from blues to jazz, from folk to progressive. I am actively playing as the drummer of the “First Intergalactic Music Collaboration” called Kandemic, with the prog-rock & blues band Cosmik Debris and the thrash metal band Krude.

My crazy passion for this instrument drove me to discover its ancient origins and to get closer to various world’s percussions from Africa, Latin America, from the Desert, Folk and Celtic rhythms, Eastern European and, last but not least, Asian and Oriental music. The discoveries found a place called Headtrip Acoustic Project. Here I am mixing the different styles mentioned above. These vibes are all included in the stories that I usually tell between one song and the other and, I guess, thanks to the tales of Nature, Fantasy and Magical Elements accompanied by all my little percussive toys, people started to call me The Shaman (with huge respect for the real Shamans out there).

I discovered the didgeridoo after an amazing journey around Australia and, after many years chasing it, I finally got in my hands a truly addictive dream: the Handpan.

The Handpan, for me, is in a certain way the final evolution of all percussions I have been playing, where all those techniques meet creating unique harmonies and beats beautifully fused together, hard and soft, feelings and emotions… when the words can’t explain what’s going on, I let the instrument do it.

“Rhythm is everywhere, rhythm is everything”.

Recording & Experimentations

“There’s something magical happening when recording… But it is a long process, you learn by your mistakes… and then BOOM!
You have the greatest sound ever!”

“Another great thing about recording soundscapes is IMAGINATION.
The sky is the limit and sounds can be created in ways that are totally out of the box.
I can’t stop thinking about Queen for instance…”

“Sometimes you spend hours try to understand something and then in 10 minutes you can see everything”

I am not only a drummer and percussionist (and not even that good), but I also pay attention to details in the studio when recording myself and other artists. You need to know how to use different mics for the right sound, techniques and sometimes to think out of the box… In this way who knows what can come out of those takes: maybe a signature sound or a new unique harmony… It’s definitely a discovery process. I record my music by myself and this allows me to choose different paths in order to achieve what I have in my mind without compromises: this way I try to emphasise the sounds and harmonies that come out of the instrument, especially if it is the Handpan, or a Djembe, a Tàr or any other instrument needs (and deserves) to stand out in that track.

But not only me: I do the same for other artists that choose to start a collaboration with me: it could be writing a song together, or create some drum or percussive parts on something already created or even cinematic atmosphere and soundscapes.

Want to start a collaboration? Drop me a message

    Design & Artworks

    I am also a Graphic and Web Designer and after several years working in design agencies, I started to walk my own path where I am trying to reach my biggest dream: blending Design and Music.

    By sharing my knowledge, I love helping and developing ideas not only for compositions, recordings and more but also developing visual and graphic concepts for my projects, bands, collaborations and other musicians and artists in general.

    I am currently working closely with local artists for developing their visual concepts and guiding them in the right direction by sharing also some of my visionary view of Arts and Graphic Design.

    Are you an artist that needs a quick sketch?
    Do you have something bigger in mind?
    Feel free to drop me a message and let’s talk about it.

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