Nico’s electro futuristic sound has traveled across radio stations WNUR 89.3 FM, WLUW 88.7 FM, WZBC 90.3 FM Newton/Boston, WZLY 91.5 FM, 93.1 FM, and WMBR 88.1 FM in Cambridge where Nico DJ'D. Nico always had a fascination with Chicago house music, and let it known through his collection of the Trax Records Chicago label. Nico coined the genre Chip Wave, fusing new wave, Chicago house, italo disco, and 8 bit sound of the Commodore 64 computer. Early tapes written in assembly language were combined with the SID’s 64 kilobytes of RAM and sounds of the VIC-20. The breakup of groups from the 1990's, including Nico Flash, Future Gazers, Boys Club, and the "Material Boy" and "Who's That Guy" remix were inspired by Madonna's "Material Girl," and "Who's That Girl" hit songs. The band recently disbanded the band State of The Art. Nico coined Computer Disco and the ushering forth the Hi-Nrg style in Chicago. Following in the footsteps of Giorgio Morooder with his Amiga 500 and Commodore 64 music workstations, and the steady imports of italo disco records coming from Rome, Naples, Milan, Nico found his fantasy. It was Kraftwerk's masterpiece, The Man Machine (1978), that formed the inspiration for Nico Demonte's remix of the ìMan Machineî remix. Kraftwerk's "Showroom Dummies" also formed the inspiration for Nico Demonte's "Mannequins in Alleys" singles. Nico admires Kraftwerk members Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter for their artist vision that elevates popular culture. Kraftwerk are considered pop icons, with his other inspiration being the French composer Jean Michel Jarre. Nico Demonte (class of 1991) and rock legend Billy Corgan and lead singer of the "Smashing Pumpkins" (class of 1985) both graduated from Glenbard North High School in Illinois. While Billy Corgan was forming his first band "The Marked" in 1985, Nico's training as a saxaphonist and programmer for the Commodore 64 computer found new ground for the Chicago house scene. In 1990, Nico studied acting under the teacher of actor, musician, and comedian John Belushi.
The release of "Der Auslander" by Nico Demonte received radioplay on 88.7 Chicago and was inspired by Cajmere's ghettotech single "Time for the Perculator", DJ Ron Hardy, Jesse Saunders, Devo, Adonis, K-Alexi and the genius of Larry Sherman. A pivotal point came with the 1986 releases of the House anthem of "Move Your Body" by Marshall Jefferson, Phutureís "Acid Trax" and Maurice Joshua / Hot Hands Hula's "This Is Acid."
The first 2000 single "Collapse of Civilization" followed in the Berlin club Tresor sound, followed by the sexy dance track Phantasmagoria released in 2001. In 2003, Nico Demonte remixed skylab2000's commercial hit Ten, with the Boys Club club classic released in 2003. The Sexy pop sound of Boys Club was directly inspired from the vision of Kraftwerk's Numbers. Telex's "Moskow Diskow," "Thomas Dolby, Gary Numan, Yaz, OMD, John Foxx, Japan, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Atkins and 3070 aka Cybotron, New Order, Human League, Farley Jackmaster Funk's "The Acid Life, and Men Without Hats continue to make their way on the playlist. Nico is founder of the 8 bit pop group Commodore 64 Orchestra (www.commodore64orchestra.com) and founder/director for d.e.a.t.h. d.i.s.c.o. radio. Commodore 64 Orchestra’s MOS Technology 6581/8580 SID (Sound Interface Device) combines micro computing technology, with the band test piloting early software releases from around the world. Nico is also the co-founder of EJ Enterprises, makers of the world's first EJ MIDI Turntable.
The Discotheque classic "The Chase" by Giorgio Moroder continued to push the sound, and Nico Demonte recognized the pure genius of ìGiorgio Moroder. An album of unreleased material by Nico Demonte is scheduled to be released in 2004. A CD containing songs like the sexy synth pop anthem, "Atm Girl," from Nico Demonteís upcoming album, "Alive", has gone missing during his near-death electrocution in the Chicago-based studio.
Nico's Studio: Commodore 64, 128, PET, and Amiga, SuperPET, Plus/4, sound on the 6510 Central Processor, GEOS Operating System, C65, C-One, Commodore SX-100, Executive 64 with 170 KB floppy, Commodore 264, Commodore C16 / 116, Commodore 364, Commodore 232, Commodore 116 NTSC Prototype, MAX Machine, Commodore 1541C, 7–14 MHz 68000-family CPUs, A4000 and A1200 computers, Commodore KIM-1, Commodore CBM-II range - aka B-range aka 600/700 range, Commodore SX-64, Commodore 900 (the Z-8000), Zilog Z8000 CPU, Amiga 2000 Motorola 68000 (7.16 MHz NTSC, 7.09 MHz PAL), AmigaOS Workbench 1.3, 2.04, speech synthesis AmigaOS Kickstart ROM, AmigaBasic, AmigaXL, CyberGraphX, Octamed, First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival, MIDI Music composer program, MITS Altair 8800, Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), Plato (computer system), PLATO IV, Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, Atari 8-bit family, Zenith Z-100 and (later)Radio Shack TRS-80 & IBM PC. GROOVE hybrid computer music system.
Roland MC202 Microcomposer
Roland MSQ700 Digital Sequencers
Yamaha WX11 MIDI Wind Controller
Texas Instruments Language Translator machine
Roland RE-201 Space Echo
ARP 2600 semi modular synthesiser
EMS 2000/3000/5000 series
Vox Percussion King
Yamaha TX816 synthesiser
EMS 2000/3000/5000 series
* New Order, Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, Madonna, A-ha, Adam and The Ants, Bauhaus, David Bowie, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Cars, Front 242, Heaven 17, Classix Nouveaux, Dead Or Alive, Erasure, Ric Ocasek, Euryhtmics, Joy Division, Ministry, K-Alexi, REM, The Talking Heads, The Normal, Donna Summer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi, Sparks, Painted Orange, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Gary Numan, 000000000001, Throbbing Gristle, B52's, ABC, Clan Of Xymox, Echo & The Bunnymen, Duran Duran, Giorgio Moroder, Anthony Wilson, Cabaret Voltaire, Felix Da Housecat, Softcell, U2, Afrika Bambaataa, Marquis de Sade, Talk Talk, Tears For Fears, Ultravox, Nick Rhodes, Billy Corgan, John Taylor, Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter, Roger Taylor, Kylie Minogue, Andy Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Visage, XTC, Yazoo, The The, The Smiths, Tommie Sunshine, Siouxsie And The Banshees, A Flock Of Seagulls, Frank Heiss, Newcleus, Rhythim Is Rhythim, M/A/R/R/S, Butch Vig, Inner City, Depeche Mode, The Orb, Moby, L.A. Style, The Prodigy, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers. Commodore 64, Amiga 500, Commodore 64 Orchestra, Speak & Spell.