Nick Bellmore- Biography
Watching his father’s band practice in their basement in Hamden, Connecticut, Nick’s love for drumming began developing when he was eight years old. His father bought him his first kit in 1992 and he hasn’t stopped playing since. Nick’s first bandmate was his brother Charlie, and they have been writing, playing and touring the world together for twenty-eight years.
Nick’s early influences were classic rock and roll bands that his father and uncles turned him on to. He also grew up on grunge and then discovered Connecticut locals Hatebreed early in their career. After immersing himself into hardcore, Nick fell in love with Metallica and added heavy metal to his playing regimen.
In 1997, Nick started his first band, playing every possible local opening slot just for the experience. He maintained an active presence in the local scene also by loaning gear to traveling bands just to help out. Soon, Nick developed a love for recording and established a studio in his basement. Recording his own and all of his friends' bands, he built up his skills as a session drummer and producer and launched his recording career. In 2001, Nick opened his first commercial studio. Recording became his career and priority, though he continued playing in local bands and session drumming. By 2006, his new band Phantoms had been gaining popularity. Once Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed realized that Nick had produced Phantoms' album, he was so impressed that he hired Nick to be his recording engineer. Nick's current studio, Dexter's Lab, uses the industry's top equipment to mix and record local and signed bands. The studio is always booked with bands when Nick is not touring. Nick also mixes and co-produces Jamey Jasta's podcast, The Jasta Show, at Dexter's Lab.
In 2007, Jasta asked Nick to join his band Kingdom of Sorrow on a three-and-a-half-month tour opening for GWAR in eighty-one cities. Unaware that this would completely change his drumming career, Nick agreed. On this tour he met the band Toxic Holocaust, who then called Nick to ask him to join the band after their drummer left in 2009.
Since that first tour with Kingdom of Sorrow, Nick has played with Toxic Holocaust, Jasta, Kingdom of Sorrow, and his latest project, Kings and Liars, on many tours all over the world. Nick has recorded all of his own projects and closely supervises writing and production in all of his bands. In late 2017, he started a new recording project with Dee Snider putting together Dee's new album "For the Love of Metal," which will be released by Napalm Records on July 27th. Nick co-wrote, co-produced, recorded, engineered, mixed, and played drums on the entire album. Nick was then asked and hired by Dee to be his touring drummer on a world tour that starts in July of 2018. This includes large festivals, tour dates and TV appearances. Nick is looking forward to gaining increased exposure on tour with an industry icon and what is hopefully just the beginning in his enterprise of higher-profile recording projects.