Nick Fairley

Artist. Educator.

Nick Fairley - known to many as 'The Kid' - comes from a diverse musical background, having played in numerous professional bands and ensembles over the years. Classically trained, he has also studied, recorded, and performed in the Jazz, Latin, Funk, Rock, Reggae, Jam, Folk and Blues idioms, among others.

Currently an undergrad at Illinois State University, he’s been steadily backing a number of prominent bands around Central Illinois, catching the eye of all the heavy hitters on the scene. He frequently performs across the U.S. with his two main projects - Sarah & The Underground and Easy Riders - and also works for hire as a freelance drummer and percussionist.

Nick also runs a drum/percussion studio based out of his hometown of Peoria, IL. He is currently available for private instruction.


Photographer: Mike McMillen