Growing up in Visalia—an isolated, agricultural town between Fresno and Bakersfield in California’s Central Valley--Nik Freitas found solace in skateboarding, photography, and, of course, music. A self-taught musician able to play guitar, bass, drums, and piano, Nik started recording on a 4-track in his teens--creating fully-realized, fleshed-out songs completely on his own. This early music combined dexterous musicianship and solid pop-craftsmanship with a disarming emotional innocence. From the start his talent was immensely evident, and now, after two exceptional records (2002's Here’s Laughing at You and 2003's Heavy Mellow) and thousands of miles touring with his band the Head Gates, Nik has proven himself an accomplished and confident artist.
Nik’s music is steeped in classic, expansive pop records like David Bowie’s Hunky Dory or the Beatles' Let it Be, while also referencing more modern, indie rock records such as Built to Spill's There's Nothing Wrong with Love. Taking subtle cues from music's greats, both old and new, Nik cultivates a sturdy style that emphasizes the importance of melody and lyrics. His distinct voice—at once both self-assured and world-weary—injects the songs with personality and passion. With such dedication to the craft, Nik Freitas channels his talent to become an inspired, engaging songwriter.
Nik currently resides in Los Angeles, CA playing solo and also with his band in and around the area.