Nicky Bomba BIO CV

Nicky Bomba CV/BIO


- Born 7-9-1963 in Malta
- Migrated to Australia late 64
- Started drums age 6
- Learned marching drums at Sacred Heart School (George Watson Certificates)
- Appeared on Kevin Dennis New Faces age 7 with band (Drum solo)
- Performed regularly with family dance band
- Toured nationally age 12 with European performers
- Recorded ‘Tislija’ with Maltese singing priest, no.1 hit in Malta
- Formed cover band ‘Fugitive Flight’, toured Australia extensively
- Completed yr 11 by correspondence & wrote first song.

80s

- Formed original band GUIDED TOUR recorded 1st album & toured nationally
- Inhouse Clinician at Ron Leigh”s Music Factory
- Inhouse drummer for NETWORK HORNS, Grainstore Tavern
- Formed original band MAJOR MINOR (Bass & Lead vocals) (toured Nationally)
- 1988 – signed publishing contract with MARBLE MUSIC
- joined RELAX WITH MAX, produced EP
- formed NICKY BOMBA & THE APOSTLES OF PEP (drums & vox)
- 1988 established NOAH’S ARK recording studio.
- Began Sound engineering exploration
- Produced ANGEL DOVE cd for AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

90s

- Performed with SHERINE’S X MACHINE, YOYO, BIG EXPRESS, KOLORS, JOE DOLCE
- Formed THE TRUTH, recorded, secured recording & publishing deal with MUSHROOM RECORDS. – All initial recordings at Nicky’s studio.

- Toured extensively around Australia with international artists
- Sought after session musician with many top Australian artists DARYL BRAITHWAITE, TIM FINN, KILLING HEIDI, JOE CAMILLERI, RICHARD PLEASANCE, BACHELOR GIRL, KATE CEBERANO, NICK BARKER , ROSS HANNAFORD, MICHAEL SPIBY(BADLOVES) TINA ARENA ROSS WILSON, DOC NEESON etc
- Established NOAH’S ARK RECORD LABEL,

Set up Office in Williamstown on top of a record store

- Became skilled in all aspects of CD production- Writing, Recording, Artwork, Video Production and Marketing.- Employed Publicist and Label Manager for NOAHS ARK

- Produced ROSS HANNAFORD TRIO album,
- APRA AWARD for Most Performed Jazz Work ‘My Family’ 1998) BANANA OIL
- Coordinated music program for Maribyrnong Secondary College which resulted in writing,  recording, producing and promoting MSC1 CD with students, including live performance workshops for Victorian Education Foundation.
- Produced MIND BODY SPIRIT cd for Carol Moylan (Relaxation Therapy)
- Played Drums on KILLING HEIDI’S debut album
- Recorded second Truth album HEADSPACE
- Secured full drum endorsement from SONOR DRUMS and UFIP CYMBALS
- National Drumming Clinics as SONOR Endorsee
- Became mentor for ARTSTATE (Vic Gov/AGE )
- In house drummer for CHANNEL 7′s ALIVE ‘N’ KICKING
- Became skilled in Video production including concepts, storyboards, filming, directing and editing
- Worked with CLAYTON JACOBSON and JAMES GEURTS on Video shoots
- Formed OVERTONES (guitar & lead vocals)
- Wrote music for television commercials (Dr. Pepper & Telstra)
- Produced DUBBLE DUB album ‘DEADLY HEADLY”(Nitecat Residency)
- Drums on Larry Maluma’s ROOTS AND HERBS CD
- Formed new original band BOMBA.
- Recorded and produced first album POPULATION.
- Directed Film Clip “HAIL THAT TAXI”
- Formed TRANSMITTER RECORDS with Joe Camilleri
- Mentor for SONGLINES Indigenous association(Songwriting)
- Produced and engineered SONGLINES compilation CD
- Mentor and Producer at YOTHU YINDI studio in ARNHEM LAND, resulted in NORTH AND SOUTH PATHWAYS CD
- Recorded and Produced GEORGE RRURRAMBU ‘NERBU MESSAGE’
- Drums on THE REVELATORS ( Joe Camilleri)
- “My Family” song added to International Film “BEDAZZLED”

2000…

- Northern Territory ‘TOP END TOUR’ with BOMBA and GEORGE RRURRAMBU
- Headlining DARWIN FESTIVAL, School Workshops, Cross Cultural Programs.
- Coordinated Video footage and shot interviews for documentary.
- National Tour: ROCKSTEADY TOUR with JOE CAMILLERI, GEORGE RRURRAMBU and BOMBA
- Directed Filmclip for Banana Oil “120 GUAVA LAMP”
- Produced Andy Baylor’s “ARCADIANA”cd
- Produced Richard Franklin’s “CHARCOAL CLUB” cd
- Tour Managed and Performed CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN tour playing at the foot of ULURU, – Remote Aboriginal Communities and Santa Theresa (Alice Springs)
- Arranged and managed EUROPEAN TOUR (Holland, Germany, Malta) for BOMBA and GEORGE RRURRAMBU incl. workshops and Festival Performances. (International Pathways Grant)
- Visited Birthplace MALTA
- BOMBA voted Best Band at QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003
- National Festival Circuit (FAIRBRIDGE, EAST COAST BLUES AND ROOTS, QUEENSCLIFF, PORT – FAIRY, APOLLO BAY, WOODFORD, SPIEGELTENT,ADELAIDE FRINGE, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL, KALGOORLIE, FALLS, etc)
- Performed with Members of KIROV OPERA (Melbourne Festival)
- Bomba songs appear on TV; NEIGHBOURS, HOME AND AWAY, SECRET LIFE OF US
- Nicky undertakes Solo World Music Tour playing in HOLLAND GERMANY, SALVADOR as well as a pilgrimage to the birthplace of reggae- JAMAICA
- Attended WOMEX World Music Expo In GERMANY , negotiated distribution deal for Bomba
- Compiled, Designed and Produced” APOLLO BAY FESTIVAL 10th ANNIVERSARY” cd
- Produced cd “INDEED” for the TROJAN HORNS
- Relocated NOAHS ARK studio to Williamstown
- Rereleased BANANA OIL “GUAVA LAMPO”
- Joined MIDDLE EASTERN group(drums) ‘UNIFIED GECKO” learnt odd time signatures and wrote songs with band leader Murat Yucel.
- Recorded and Produced 2nd Bomba album “SOLAR PLEXUS”
- Renewed Publishing Contract with MUSHROOM MUSIC
- Toured NEW ZEALAND as solo performer
- Supported LEE PERRY and MAD PROFESSOR Australiana tour
- Formed acoustic mento/ calypso group ‘BUSTAMENTO”
- TV PRESENTER for CHANNEL 31 ‘MUSICPOT”(songwriting, production and recording)
- NEW YEARS EVE for SBS – Federation Square
- Drums with 14 piece Latin group DESCARGAS (Melbourne Festival)
- Created 30 piece MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA with PBS presenter Mohair Slim (Sold Out Concert Gershwin Room)
- Drums and Percussion on new JOHN BUTLER TRIO cd
- Percussion on PETE MURRAY album
- Toured Nationally with BOMBA as support to John Butler Trio
- Recorded “BUSTAMENTO ‘ demo tracks(unreleased)
- Recorded “UNIFIED GECKO ” album ( 2003 release )
- Australian Delegate for Womex 2003 in Spain(October 20) Gave one hour speech on “TOURING IN AUSTRALIA. The Tyranny of Distance”
- Toured through France, Spain and Malta with Harpist Natalia Mann (ANGELBOMB)
- Opened Adelaide Fringe Festival 2004 with BOMBA
- Performed at Pacific Arts Festival in Christchurch ,New Zealand SOLO
- Wrote Music for “Go For Your Life” Government Health Initiative
- Recorded Original song”INNA ONE YARD “ with OWEN GRAY which was included on “Weekend Sessions 2” through Liberation Records
- Headlined Folk Rhythm and Life Festival, Eldorado Vic Nicky Bomba’s Allstars
- Won Award for MusicPot Television Series (Presenter 6 part series)
- Headlined Apollo Bay Festival with Bomba
- Played Apollo Bay Festival with Bustamento and Unified Gecko
- Recorded ‘LIMESTONE ” album with Joe Camilleri
- JBT album reaches Number One in first week of release
- Began new Mentorship programme with Songlines Australia. (mentoring Johnny Mac)
- Percussion workshop for youth programme in Maryborough(Regional Victoria)
- BANANA OIL regional Victorian tour (Community Halls, Cultural Centres)
- 4 week TOUR of TURKEY with UNIFIED GECKO
- Opening spot with ANGELIQUE KIDJO AngelBomb
- Supported ALPHABLONDY Metro Nightclub Melbourne

- Recorded and Produced LEARN TO BREATHE , 3rd album for BOMBA.
- Began working closely with sound engineer ROBIN MAI on recording techniques.
- Started PRODUCER PARTNERSHIP with MAV (MULTICULTURAL ARTS VICTORIA)
- RECORDED DRUMS & LIONS cd with ETHIOPIAN singer DEREB DESALEGN
- Produced, played all instruments ,mixed and mastered. Designed artwork.
- National Australian tour to promote LEARN TO BREATHE with DEREB as support
- Recorded Mixed and Mastered various Multicultural Artists for VISIBLE cd VOL1 (Sudanese, – Congolese, Somalian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Comoros Island )
- Recorded cd BOMBA VS LAROZ with TEL AVIV International producer Laroz Haim.
- Big Band Workshop presenter for SWEETHEARTS BIG BAND GEELONG
- Produced VISIBLE CD VOL 2 for MAV
- Travelled to SAMOA and NEW CALEDONIA to explore rhythm and songs
- Performed at WOMAD with LIMESTONE ..special guest Dereb Desalegn
- UB40 National Tour support with BOMBA
- Gigs at BLUESFEST,PYRAMID ROCK,QUEENSCLIFF and APOLLO BAY festivals
- UK Tour with BOMBA TRIO and DEREB…WOMAD UK/ LONDON/ SCOTLAND
- Performed at EDINBURGH FESTIVAL with BOMBA TRIO
- ATTENDED WOMEX SPAIN with DEREB to expand opportunities for DRUMS and LIONS release.
- Traveledto MOROCCO to explore GNAWA MUSIC AND BERBER MUSIC.
- Field Recordings of music including Devotional Choir from Chefchauen
- Traveledto ETHIOPIA to learn more of rhythms and scales. Explored Regional music.
- MC and performance at MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
- Produced VISIBLE 3 cd for MAV recorded various artists, mixed, mastered.
- Performed at Federation Square NEW YEARS EVE with BOMBA
- RECORD Album of Traditional Maltese songs with my father, NICOL CARUANA.
- Contribute Music to Hit Film “KENNY”
- Returned to MOROCCO to perform at East meets West Festival.
- Tour NEW CALEDONIA with BOMBA .. Kanaky Music exploration
- National tour with BOMBA for TASMANIA LOGGING Protest song ”Hold Your Ground”
- Record Solo Album PLANET JUICE
- MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA perform at FED SQUARE NEW YEARS EVE
-  Complete Solo Album PLANET JUICE , release single “Jah in the Moment”
- Play all instruments, mixed, mastered, assisted with artwork design.
- NATIONAL TOUR promoting Planet Juice.
- Release single CHOP CHOP, shoot filmclip Regional tour
- Travel to MALTA to perform solo gig at FRA BEN WATCHTOWER
- Produce 5 tracks for VISIBLE 4 cd MAV
- Released single “ROCK YA MAMA” with international directed filmclip
- Travel to VANUATU to explore Island Music “String Bands”
- Travel To JAMAICA to record and shoot filmclip for “Highgrade”
- Renegotiated Publishing contract with MUSHROOM MUSIC
- Relocate Studio with upgrade to Victorian countryside
- Join JOHN BUTLER TRIO (JBT) as permanent drummer.
- World tour with John Butler opening as Solo Act and playing drums
- Endorsed to GRETSCH DRUMS WORLWIDE
- Endorsed to VATER DRUMSTICKS with Signature ”Nicky Bomba” sticks
- Record APRIL UPRISING with JBT
- Perform at RED ROCKS COLORADO for DVD

2010

- Extensive 9 month world tour with JBT including Japan and Brazil
- APRIL UPRISING reaches Number One in Australia
- ARIA awards performance

2011

- BIG DAY OUT festival NATIONAL TOUR JBT
-  Set Up Full recording studio at home with all musical instruments in one room
- National DRUM CLINIC TOUR for UFIP CYMBALS
- Record Ethiopian Track for VISIBLE CD 6 MAV
- Headline performance at EARTHGARDEN festival in MALTA as NICKY BOMBA
- Took over Management of MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
- 4 month world tour with JBT including Italy, Czech Republic and Brazil
- Booked to perform at Reggaetown (Nicky Bomba and the Allstars)
- Caloundra Festival with Bomba/MSO/Allstars
- Island Vbe Festival (Allstars)
- Falls Festival (MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA)
- WOMAD (MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA)
- BLUESFEST Byron Bay (MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA)

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