Nick Fairley

Artist. Educator.

Nick Fairley - or "The Kid", as he is often referred to - comes from a diverse musical background, having played in numerous professional ensembles over the years. Classically trained, he has also studied 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. in his two main projects - Easy Riders and Sarah & The Underground - and also works for hire as a freelance drummer and percussionist.

When he is not on tour, Nick runs a drum/percussion studio based out of his hometown of Peoria, IL. He is currently available for private instruction.


Photographer: Mike McMillen

Musician: Nick Fairley