Nico Sleator is a New York based pianist, synth player, producer, composer, DJ and teacher who has broken into the world of mainstream rock, coming from a background of EDM, pop, classical, and jazz piano. At the age of 20, he toured stadiums across America and Canada opening for Marylyn Manson and Rob Zombie with modern emo rock band Palaye Royale. He has spent the past few years touring the coasts with his main project The Living Strange, an eclectic, beautiful, and undeniably badass rock trio, incorporating edm and hip hop sounds into catchy alternative rock. They have been all over the country, from playing warehouses to basements to private showcases to festivals including Warped Tour 2018. Along with pursuing many other ambitions such as video production, musical computer science, and animation, he is also an official Steinway partnered piano teacher. He has been a private piano teacher since the age of 16, and has experience teaching at multiple summer music programs and camps to children of all ages.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, Nico has been studying classical piano since the age of 7, and has been named a Steinway young artist at the age of 13. He then began to study jazz and taught himself EDM production, inspired by artists like Bill Evans and Skrillex. After playing in many different musical groups at a young age, he found himself playing rock, jazz, classical, and live electronic music back to back. Since then, he has played venues from Lincoln Center in New York City to La Place Vendôme in Paris, and a generous amount of stadiums and arenas across America and Canada, being mentioned from The Fader to the Pittsburgh Post Gazzette. He recently graduated from The New School for Jazz with a BFA for Jazz Piano Performance, and works as a private teacher and freelance keyboard player in New York city.