Jost Nickel was born in Berlin / Germany. He started playing piano at the age of eight and three years later he began playing drums which immediately became his first priority.

After finishing school, Jost moved to New York City to study at the Drummers Collective. A year after finishing at The Collective, Jost moved back to Germany and enrolled at "Popkurs" in Hamburg. Upon graduating, he started working as a professional drummer within weeks.

He made a name for himself by playing drums with the band Matalex in the mid 90's. Matalex was a very popular German fusion band that recorded their first CD in 1994 with Steve Smith on drums. Jost was asked to play the tour that followed Matalex's first release and shortly after became a band member. In the following years the band recorded three more CDs with Jost on drums and played hundreds of concerts in all of Europe. Both the concerts and CDs featured Randy Brecker on trumpet and Jean Paul Bourelly on guitar.

At the same time he was recording and touring with Barry Finnerty (Miles Davis) who saw Jost play at the Frankfurt Music Fair. During this period Jost felt like he wanted to play more pop music instead of instrumental fusion / jazz and so he started recording and playing with lots of different singers in Germany.


Jost's perfect pair:
American Classic® 5B
Tear drop tip. Ideal for rock‚ band and practice.
L = 16" | Dia. = .595"
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Jost Nickel Performs at PASIC 2012

Jost talks about why he plays Vic Firth sticks!

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His first big pop gig was with Mousse T. who had a world hit together with Tom Jones ("Sex bomb"). Jost is currently the drummer and musical director in Mousse T.'s band that features the singers Andrew Roachford and Omar. Jost has also recorded quite a few Top 10 CDs in France (e.g. Christophe Willem, Jenifer, L5, LinkUp). On some of these recordings he shared the drummers seat with greats like Abe Laboriel Jr. and Manu Katch. He has also played/recorded with Marla Glen, Seeed, Midge Ure, Michael Sadler (Saga) and Schiller.

Currently he is a band member of Jan Delay & Disko No.1, one of Germany's top artists. Their latest CD in 2009 went straight to number one in the charts. The band plays as a headliner on some of the biggest festivals in Europe (e.g. Rock am Ring, Life Earth, Melt Festival, MTV Campus Invasion, Nuke Festival).

This band at the moment is certainly covering the largest share of his musical-creative work time. Jost has also built himself a reputation as a solo performer/clinican. He has appeared at drum festivals like the World Drum Festival Hamburg (1997 & 1999), Super Drumming Nonnweiler (2000), Musik Messe Frankfurt (1995, 1996, 2008 & 2009), GoMusic Teacher Days (2001, 2003 & 2004), Beyerdynamic Drum Day (2008), PPC Drum Night (2008), the Meinl Drum Festival (2008) and he'll be performing at the Montreal Drum Festival in Canada in 2010. He lectures at Mannheim Pop Academy and on the "Popkurs" (Pop Course) at the Musikhochschule (Music Academy) in Hamburg and since the middle of 2005 he has been writing a workshop series for "Drums&Percussion" magazine.