Though Sacramento native Nailo is gearing up to release his first full-length album, Shapeshifter, on February 1, 2018,  this isn't his first foray releasing fresh music.  His experience creating genre melding jams is a force to be reckoned with.  As a member of the funky-soul hip/hop group, Balance and the Traveling Sounds, and the RnB/Indie fused alternative group, Tribal Campagne, Nailo groomed his unique sound into the groove driven, avant-garde, prog-pop songwriter, and producer that he is today.  

His first single, "Talking Like This (ft. Angela Muhwezi)," is a prime example of his progressive songwriting capabilities, combining modern 808s, primal drum samples, and classic 80s synth tones with poignant guitar licks and beautifully crafted melodic and rhythmic vocals.  Its popularity caught on with listeners as it gained over 25K plays in its first two months on Spotify - a feat that is unheard of for new artists.

On December 7, 2018, he released his second single, "Grip."  Taking a more singer/songwriter approach, Nailo's vocals are featured on a raw blend of intimate, coffee shop lyricism coupled with creamy musical soundscapes. 


Born Nicholas Bartshe in Tarzana, California, his family moved to Sacramento shortly thereafter where he would be raised.  He started playing guitar at age 17 and, in 2009, took his guitar prowess to Cal State Northridge's music program where, in 2012, he would earn his degree in Music Industry Studies.

In 2013, as a member of Balance and the Traveling Sounds, Nailo shared the stage with performing artist juggernauts Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Jose James, Craig David, George Duke and Stanley Clarke at the 2013 Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.  More success followed the band as they released collaborations with underground hip/hop artist M.E.D, and Stones Throw DJ and producer J-Roc.  This lead to the release of the band's fourth album, "Bedrock Sessions EP," a live recording at one of Los Angeles' prestigious studios, Bedrock Studios.

In 2015, Nailo joined Tribal Campagne, where they performed at the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo in front of hundreds of music industry moguls.  The following year they would release their debut album, "Hold On."




Email: nailomusic@gmail.com