Hi, I'm Carlo!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Carlo Nicolau is a Mexican American New York Queens based composer and producer with more than 25 years of experience in the music industry. At age 9, Carlo began studying classical violin and intuitively composing original music on his family's old living room piano in Mexico City. Five years later, he continued his music studies at the National Conservatory in Tours, France. When he returned to Mexico City, his violin was already amplified with a pickup and electronic gadgets. While he was making a living playing violin in top professional symphony and chamber orchestras in Mexico, he was also the founder, violinist, pianist and composer for the legendary avant-garde chamber ensemble NAZCA.
Carlo moved to New York in 1988. Around this time, he began composing and producing music for advertising, and in 1994, won the opportunity to score the music for a Bud Light campaign that would air on US TV during the 1994 soccer World Cup. The eclectic track he created stood out and earned him huge national attention, winning a CLIO award and leading Carlo to open Big Rumble Music in 1995 and then Razorhead Music, a music production company dedicated to writing music for television, film, and radio, in 2001. Razorhead Music closed in early 2016.
As a film composer, Carlo wrote the original music for the feature film Santitos (winner at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival), under Director Alejandro Springall and Executive Producer John Sayles (the American indie film icon). Carlo has also received grants from The Rockefeller Foundation and Meet the Composer in support of his work with internationally renowned modern dance choreographers Stephen Petronio and Sondra Loring. The resulting performances have been presented at Lincoln Center and at numerous prestigious venues in NY and Mexico.
As a guest musician on the violin, Carlo performs regularly with a wide variety of New York world music and Indie rock bands.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?
Teaching children and teenagers how to love music first, instead of having them look at it as a very competitive pressure oriented career. Once they love music, the magic about it will follow.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
At age 9, my first violin teacher in Mexico City taught me how to love music by teaching me about music history and great composers from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. He would show me pictures of them as well as play recordings for me; before and after the violin class.