Eric Nicolau

Sledge  
The Sledge has a killer library of sounds to work within. And its refreshingly simple to use, unlike so many other keyboards. Its also super lightweight and looks really cool on stage!

Bio

Multi-cultural in heritage, multi-generational in music study and multi-talented on stage, he represents the sounds and artists of today's music fans.

Currently serving as Disney chart-topping sensation Bridgit Mendler's Music Director, Eric is keeping the momentum of his career moving forward and stepping into the spotlight, especially with the support of his fans who coined themselves, "Ninjas." Over the past 2 years, he has had an active role as a guitar and keyboard player in the band on FOX's hit show, "GLEE", "THE GLEE PROJECT", and playing guitar for the pop rock band Allstar Weekend on Selena Gomez's summer tour.

Playing the guitar, bass, piano, drums and trombone - he draws inspiration from a wide range of musicians including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles. His 2012 EP, Won't You Stay, showed a promising range of capability, with sounds comparable to the likes of Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Robin Thicke and with the looks of Enrique Iglesias and Joe Jonas. His first single off the album, "How We Grow Old," was a powerful ballad with its poignant lyrics and nostalgia-evoking guitar riffs. "This song was a reflection on how love evolves and changes in time" says Eric.

By the end of 2010, Eric had ventured into co-writing while toiling away his daytime selling shoes at Kenneth Cole. He contributed work to several artists including singer Chelsea Williams, Italian-American TV star Stefan DiMaria and American Idol winner, Lee DeWyze. But it was the opportunity to play guitar in the band for one episode of "GLEE" that jolted Eric onto another level, allowing him to quit his shoe store job and focus solely on his music career. Eric appeared on "GLEE" for two seasons, getting to work with Ricky Martin on one episode, before receiving a call from Hollywood Records about a new project they were getting ready to launch.

In February of 2012, Eric was brought on by "GOOD LUCK CHARLIE" star Bridgit Mendler to serve as her Music Director, helping form her live band, and rehearse and prepare her stage shows for the release of her debut hit record, Hello, My Name Is... While touring, Eric also serves as Backing Vocals/Guitarist for Bridgit and the group has appeared in Europe and on numerous major television shows including "THE X-FACTOR", "GOOD MORNING AMERICA", and "LIVE! WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL".

A Brazilian-American who can speak English and Portuguese, Eric's talent has really caught the attention of the Latin community. He paid homage to his massive Brazilian fan base by covering the classic song, "Take It Easy My Brother, Charles", by the Brazilian samba-rock legend Jorge Ben, in which Eric sang in Portuguese. "My grandparents and my father were both from Sao Paulo and were very passionate about samba music and the sounds of Brazil" says Eric. "My father gave me my first guitar at age 8 and taught me how to play "Corcovado" by Jobim."

Born and raised in Detroit, MI, after his father's family relocated from Brazil, Eric's childhood was a balancing act between his love for American Pop music and his connection with the jazz and Brazilian music. Now, 25-years-old and settled into his life in Los Angeles, Eric has developed a strong sense of identity as a musical artist, in which his multi-cultural influences allow him to bring a unique depth to American Pop. Recently returned from paying a visit to his fan clubs in Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, Eric is back in Los Angeles and looking forward to heading back out on the road with Bridgit Mendler. He is currently finishing up new material of his own to be released throughout 2013 as well as writing songs with other artists, including Motown/ Def Jam recording artist, Loren Allred (from "THE VOICE").