My name is Nikola and I am addicted to drums. Music is the only thing that has always amazed me, it is like an elemental power that cannot be explained in words. I grew up listening to all kinds of music, and now just like before everything can inspire me - from rap and hip-hop (Run-DMC, Cypress Hill) to classical music (J.S.Bach and Strauss), from popular music (Michael Jackson) to hard rock and heavy metal (Metallica, Iron Maiden), from melodic and progressive rock (Queen, Dream Theater) to jazz and avant-garde music (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter).
It all started with the first drum set in 2000. The "Journey" in the world of music, the effort to improve my skills any time I practice my instrument and my desire to turn my hobby into a profession led me to some certain decisions, which have contributed to my development as a musician and little by little strengthened my interest.
In 2003 I was accepted in "Prins Claus Conservatory" in Groningen (The Netherlands), where I had the honor to study with one of the last "Jazz Messengers" - Ralph Peterson Jr., who completely changed my understanding and perception about the instrument. The people who also had a great influence on me in my studies were my regular teachers at the time – Owen Hart Jr. and Steve Altenberg.
At the conservatory I had the chance to meet, study and play with one of the top names in the world of jazz today - David Berkman (piano), Don Braden (saxophone), Mark Gross (saxophone), Brian Lynch (trumpet), Conrad Herwig (trombone), Steve Davis (trombone), Sam Burtis (trombone), Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Dena DeRose (vocals and piano) and Joris Teepe (Electric and Double Bass).
In May 2008 I graduated from the conservatory with my own project - a concert entitled "The Footsteps of our fathers", in which participated some of the most famous Bulgarian jazz musicians - Ludmil Krumov (guitar) and Dimitar Liolev (saxophone), Thomas Hauser (double bass) and Vincent Grit (piano).
After graduation I returned to Bulgaria, where I started participating in different projects (Sleepwalkinz Crew, Pop and Roll, “Jazz for Kids” with Ventzi Blagoev), appearances (July Jazz Smolyan, Bansko Jazz Fest, Varna Summer Salsa Festival) and bands (De Fuego Orchestra, Mango Duende, and different pop and jazz projects).
My interest in teaching developed with the desire to pass on the knowledge I received. The opportunity and chance that I had with great teachers made me understand that in fact doing music or any other form of art comes with a certain responsibility, which in its way makes me willing to further develop and progress.