Nikolai Fraiture

Musician — New York City

Photograph by Josh Giroux

Name
Nikolai Fraiture

Where are you from?
New York City

What do you do?
I occupy my hands with various musical pursuits.

Describe your style in three words?
Down-and-out Dandy Fop.

You can make a record with anyone from history - who would it be?
David Bowie, as a producer and collaborator.

What do you miss about home when you're on tour?
The simple pleasures: caviar, chardonnay, my French albino poodle named Galliano.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been too?
Roger Waters playing The Wall and Dark Side Of The Moon at Roskilde Festival. 

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Syd Barrett, The Cure, The Vaselines, Joy Division/New Order, Hot Chip, MIA, David Bowie.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be and why?
Bob Marley - Share a spliff, talk philosophy and religion, jam and play some football.


Nikolai Fraiture is best known as the bassist of New York City's indie rock revivalists The Strokes.

With his latest project Summer Moon, Nikolai is at the helm - enlisting the help of friends, a host of fellow artists and musicians from NYC. Summer Moon will release their debut album 'With You Tonight' on 24th February 2017.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Pale Blue Eyes' by The Velvet Underground.

One record you would keep forever?
'Ritual De Lo Habitual' by Jane's Addiction.

It was the first CD I bought, upon my older brother's direction with money I saved up. Every time I look at the cover (either one), it reminds me of why I fell in love with big guitars, Brobdingnagian beats and "the beauty of this moment, not unlike slapping yourself in the face."  

Song you wish you had written?
'True Love Will Find You In The End' by Daniel Johnston.

Song that defines the teenage you?
'Blank Generation' by Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

A song lyric that inspires you?
"And like Pharaoh's tribe
They'll be drowned in the tide
And like Goliath, they'll be conquered."

'When The Ship Comes In' by Bob Dylan.

4 songs by contemporary bands you can’t stop listening to right now?

'Break Into Your Heart' by Iggy Pop
This song could've been on Lust For Life but doesn't feel dated either.

'Femme' by Le Couleur
Light and fun sound with melancholic melody and lyrics. 

'Rad Times' by Black Bananas
Noise, Melody and Funk: what could go wrong?

'Myth' by Beach House
Because it's the first song on Bloom and the whole album is great.

Photograph by Josh Giroux

Name
Nikolai Fraiture

Where are you from?
New York City

What do you do?
I occupy my hands with various musical pursuits.

Describe your style in three words?
Down-and-out Dandy Fop.

You can make a record with anyone from history - who would it be?
David Bowie, as a producer and collaborator.

What do you miss about home when you're on tour?
The simple pleasures: caviar, chardonnay, my French albino poodle named Galliano.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been too?
Roger Waters playing The Wall and Dark Side Of The Moon at Roskilde Festival. 

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Syd Barrett, The Cure, The Vaselines, Joy Division/New Order, Hot Chip, MIA, David Bowie.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be and why?
Bob Marley - Share a spliff, talk philosophy and religion, jam and play some football.


Nikolai Fraiture is best known as the bassist of New York City's indie rock revivalists The Strokes.

With his latest project Summer Moon, Nikolai is at the helm - enlisting the help of friends, a host of fellow artists and musicians from NYC. Summer Moon will release their debut album 'With You Tonight' on 24th February 2017.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Pale Blue Eyes' by The Velvet Underground.

One record you would keep forever?
'Ritual De Lo Habitual' by Jane's Addiction.

It was the first CD I bought, upon my older brother's direction with money I saved up. Every time I look at the cover (either one), it reminds me of why I fell in love with big guitars, Brobdingnagian beats and "the beauty of this moment, not unlike slapping yourself in the face."  

Song you wish you had written?
'True Love Will Find You In The End' by Daniel Johnston.

Song that defines the teenage you?
'Blank Generation' by Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

A song lyric that inspires you?
"And like Pharaoh's tribe
They'll be drowned in the tide
And like Goliath, they'll be conquered."

'When The Ship Comes In' by Bob Dylan.

4 songs by contemporary bands you can’t stop listening to right now?

'Break Into Your Heart' by Iggy Pop
This song could've been on Lust For Life but doesn't feel dated either.

'Femme' by Le Couleur
Light and fun sound with melancholic melody and lyrics. 

'Rad Times' by Black Bananas
Noise, Melody and Funk: what could go wrong?

'Myth' by Beach House
Because it's the first song on Bloom and the whole album is great.

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