Nick Valenz

Nick Valenz has led a nomadic existence. His family moved almost every year of his life while growing up. He entered life in a hospital that no longer exists; graduated from a grade school, middle school and high school that have all been shut down; worked at a restaurant, mail-sorting sweat shop, theater chain and grocery store chain... all of which are gone.

He has sung, written, recorded and occasionally played bass in the following Seattle-based rock bands: Leadfoot, Zyracon, Exit, Blackstone, and Axis. He composed and recorded a solo music project that was released in 1990, called "Persona Non Grata." He was in a songwriting duo with Bill D'luhosh called RED and BLACK from 1993 to 1997, that saw the release of one CD, still available on CDBaby.

After finishing the project with Bill, Nick decided he was done with music, so he sold his house and moved from Seattle to Columbus, Ohio in an effort to broaden his life experience. During this extended odyssey, he rented rooms and read books about artificial intelligence, philosophy, consciousness, and the structure of reality.

In the winter of 2008/2009, the former drummer of Axis found Nick online, and told him about some videos of an Axis live club performance from 1992 that had been uploaded to YouTube by Jeff Smoots. This led to Nick contacting Jeff, which led to Jeff contacting Wayde Cooper... which eventually led to you reading this bio.

Nick's minimalist web site is at


Bands: Queen, Rush, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Styx, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Anika Nilles, Eatliz, Wagakki Band, Gavin DeGraw, Sara Bareilles, Muse, Imagine Dragons, Greta Van Fleet, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Becky G.

Meal/Food: a Little Bacon Burger and Cajun fries at Five Guys.

Books: Thought As A System by David Bohm, The Last Superstition by Edward Feser; The Devil's Delusion by David Berlinski; Reason, Faith and Revolution by Terry Eagleton, The Science of God by Gerald L. Schroeder, The Masters of Doom by David Kushner, Code by Charles Petzold, my beloved seventh edition copy of Peter Norton's Inside the PC, and of course the greatest non-fiction book of them all: the Authorized KJV.

Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 1 and 2), V for Vendetta, The Matrix, The Pirates of Silicon Valley, The Adjustment Bureau, Knowing, The Equalizer.

TV shows: Mr. Robot, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Mentalist, Kyle XY, Dexter, Joan of Arcadia, Trailer Park Boys.

Hobbies: collecting video games and books, music, computer programming.

Most memorable concert: the last show Queen played in Seattle (1982).