Nicholas Taplin

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Music, audio equipment, photography and cameras, videography, live music documentation, event photography, social documentation, photo essays, Facebook, Myspace, community.


Indie rock, experimental rock, experimental electronic and acoustic music, riot grrl, free jazz, jazz.


Sxx Lies and Videotape, Whoopi Goldberg films, Cary Grant films, Frank Capra films, Real Genius


PBS NewsHour, Washington Week


My dad's books are good.


Martin Bisi and Rudy van Gelder (music recording engineers).

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About me:

My name is Nicholas. I am a lifelong underground music documentarian/recordist who has lived all over the West Coast and also Austin, TX. I have lived in Oakland, CA for the last 8 years and want to live here indefinitely, but I feel strong cultural ties to Pacific Northwest indie rock.

I currently have a "bee in my bonnet" to return social media back to being helpful to musicians, and I strongly feel Facebook has failed the music world. Literally every musician I have spoken with feels MySpace was a vastly superior platform for them than Facebook is. I am stoked this "fake" MySpace exists, and I hope to get a lot of new friends on it, but I am frustrated the music player on it only allows for one song, which isn't good enough. If the music player was able to contain a bunch of songs like the old MySpace did, then this site would be great.

Check out this (unfinalized) mix I'm working on of a song I recorded while a was a UCSC student for the Santa Cruz band The Loyal Sons and Daughters in 2003.

I did this for Death Songs (Nick Delffs):

I did this for the Oakland band Ötzi:

I did this for the Oakland band Tunnel Lights:

My friend Justin was really prolific with his cassette 4 track recording 20 years ago, and he did this song, which I did the mastering on:

I did this for the LA band Kmart:

I mixed this for Oakland/Santa Cruz artist Denney Joints:

I signed Nehemiah St-Danger to my record label. This song is on his record:

I recorded this when I lived in Austin, TX:

I'm trying to learn bare minimum CSS code so I can make this page look cooler, but I'm currently struggling with it. Hopefully I will figure it out soon.

This is my record label's Bandcamp site. Check out the records I've released and maybe buy one.

Who I'd like to meet:

Cool nice people.

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