Nick Bielski, a.k.a. OPAQUE is set to graduate from Nimbus in just a few weeks. He has already launched his own production company, EAST BLVD, and is finishing up an electronic album with fellow Nimbus graduate David Chela.
“Nimbus was one of the best decisions of my life,” says Nick. “When I started, I was about a year and a half into making music in a DAW. Since then, my mixes have improved ten fold.”
Born in New York, Nick lived in London for most of his childhood and then attended high school in New Jersey. His love for hip hop and electronic music began in high school. “I became a huge fan [of underground hip hop] over the course of 4 years. Being so close to the city, I was able to see many old school legends play shows. My high school had many creative people and our local music scene was great. I played guitar throughout high school and college but quickly gave it up once a friend in Vancouver taught me how to use Ableton around two and a half years ago,” he explains.
But Nimbus has taken his self-taught skills and brought his productions to a whole other level, says Nick:
“When I started at Nimbus, I was about a year and a half into making music in a DAW. Since then, my mixes have improved ten fold and I have been receiving great feedback from everyone I have been showing them to. I am no longer embarrassed to show my music to people! I hope to stay in contact with the Nimbus community and help any other students in the future.”
“We are both extremely busy with school projects so this collaboration has been a great way to keep us sane throughout all the work,” Nick explains. “Dave and I met on our first day at Nimbus in ENGR100. We both have pretty much the exact same taste in music so we became friends quickly – It just made sense to collaborate on an album. We have been going digging for records, bouncing samples to cassette, importing them back into the MPC to splice up, and then mixing them in Pro Tools.”
The collaborative album from Opaque and David Chela is set to be released this Fall.
Nick has been performing as Opaque for just a few months. Previously, he performed under the name East Blvd, the name now held by his production company. Why Opaque? “Because it cannot be pinned to any genre,” he says. “I produce a few different styles of music and this will be reflected in future releases. I will always produce hip hop but I have also been dabbling in house, dub, and footwork music.”
After graduation, Nick plans to head south down to Los Angeles to find work in a studio:
“I fell in love with LA after a few trips down there. I am looking forward to being around sunshine yearlong and networking with the talent down there, looking for new artists to help build my label. East Blvd is now a registered name in BC. I started it with an old roommate and best friend Dylan Playfair who is an actor (Letterkenny Problems, Some Assembly Required) and producer (recently completed the documentary Why Young People Don’t Vote). We are building it into a production company that will have separate divisions for music, film, and photography.“
The Nimbus experience for Nick has been everything he expected and more. “The level of teaching here is incredible,” he says.
In addition to working his own album, Nick is currently working on 4 EPs: “I am working with 4 extremely talented local artists: Coastal Break, the Tanglers, Dani Bozetto, and Trev Bach. It has been extremely busy, but utilizing the studios and gear that Nimbus has to offer has made everything possible and fun. They are amazing artists and it has been a great experience producing new bodies of work for them.”
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