Office Phone Number: (405) 974-4704
Email: nley@uco.edu

Nicholas Ley is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Oklahoma City, Okla. Shortly after graduating from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, he began recording and touring internationally with Colourmusic - an experimental rock outfit based in Stillwater, Okla. and London, UK.

It was with this unique combination of education and experience that Nicholas began lecturing at the ACM@UCO in fall of 2010.  Eager to contribute to the development of the ACM@UCO’s Contemporary Music Business degree program, Nicholas accepted the responsibility of Program Director in the spring of 2014.  Almost as soon as he began his new position, Nicholas was asked to join Oklahoma psychedelic rock group, the Flaming Lips as a drummer and electronic percussionist.

As one half of the Flaming Lips' drumming duo, the Brothers Grïïīn, Nicholas has performed live on five continents as well as headlined countless festivals including Bonnaroo, Sydney Festival, and Iceland Airwaves.  He’s also performed on various television shows including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “The MTV Video Music Awards,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Conan,” and IFC's hit sitcom “Portlandia.”  Most recently, the Flaming Lips collaborated with Miley Cyrus on her latest release, “Miley Cyrus and her Dead Pets” and served as her backing band in support of her “Milky Milky Milk” tour.

Nicholas maintains that none of his success would have been possible without the undying support of his loving wife, Taylor, their two children Radley and Mae Ella, and his amazing network of Oklahoma musicians and music business professionals.

Nicholas endorses C&C Custom Drums, Istanbul Agop Cymbals, Sensory Percussion, GoPro, and Monster Pro Audio.

UCO DIRECTORY
Areas of Specialization
  • Business Management and Artist Tax Preparation
  • Applied Drum and Electronic Percussion Instruction
  • Social Media and Promotional Campaigns
  • Music Creation with Ableton and Pro Tools
  • Technical Solutions for Live Performance
  • DJ Performance and Music Curation