Biography / Jost Nickel – Drummer, Composer & Educator

Jost Nickel is one of the new breed of drummers emerging from Germany. A top session and tour player, like his friends and contemporaries Benny Greb, Marco Minnemann and Anika Nilles (one of Jost’s students), Jost is taking contemporary drumming in new directions.

His name appears within the credits of many hit records at home as well as abroad where Jost has played drums alongside Abe Laboriel Jr. and Manu Katché on many top-selling albums. Jost’s career received a major boost when he joined the German fusion band Matalex. He recorded all but one of Matalex’s albums – two of which featured Randy Brecker on trumpet, with the first record being the exception as that featured the one and only Steve Smith on drums before Jost stepped in on a permanent basis.

Currently, Jost is in a highly creative relationship with German super group Jan Delay & Disko No.1 whose CDs have all gone straight to number #1 in the charts, with the artist selling out venues and packing festivals wherever he tours.

In addition to touring and recording, Jost, who studied at Drummers Collective in New York, is a tutor at the highly acclaimed University of Pop in Mannheim.

He made his international debut as a clinician and educator with a performance at the Montreal Drum Fest in Canada (2010), followed by performances at PASIC (USA) in 2012 & 2016, at the Namm Show (USA) in 2015 and the London Drum Show (2016) as well as with feature articles and workshops in Modern Drummer (USA), Drummer (UK), Rhythm & Drums (Japan), Batterie (France) and Drums & Percussion (Germany) and other publications. Jost was nominated “Best Clinician” by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2016 and was voted on musicradar’s list of “the 10 best drum clinicians in the world” in 2016 & 2017.

Jost is known for his punchy, articulate drum sound, which he counterbalances with a jazzy, exotic cymbal wash. His ‘light and shade’ vibe reflects a cutting edge drummer who keeps one foot steeped in tradition, with a pocket and groove that is undeniable.

Jost has released two books through Alfred Publishing: “Jost Nickel’s Groove Book” (2015) and “Jost Nickel’s Fill Book” (2017), that any drummer of any level will benefit from.

Jost uses:
Sonor Drums,
Meinl Cymbals & Percussion,
Vic Firth Sticks,
Remo Drumheads
Ahead Armor Cases &
Beyerdynamic Microphones.