photo by Richard Kaby

photo by Richard Kaby

 

Born and raised in York, UK, Edward Nache Wakili Hick is a London based freelance musician. He has performed and recorded with many different artists in a wide range of genres including;

Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, Angelique Kidjo, Roots Manuva, Anthony Joseph, Omar Lyefook, Robert Glasper, Dave Liebman, Bobby Watson, Nigel Kennedy, Beth Ditto, Tinie Tempah, Florence Welch(Florence and the Machine), Bill Laurence and Michael League(from Snarky Puppy), Edward Simon, Kadri Gopalnath, Bruce Barth, Jeff Bhasker, Kenny Rampton, Sherman Irby, Deborah Brown, Renee Marie, Roger Raspail, Mamadou Sarr, Jeremy Pelt, Omar Puente, Gilad Atzmon, Roberto Pla, Sarah Gillespie, Dele Sosimi, Gary Crosby, and Abram Wilson to name a few.

He began playing trumpet aged 7, guitar aged 9 and drums aged 13, being heavily influenced by various genres and artists including Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, James Brown, The Roots, Soweto Kinch and Ghanaian Kpanlogo.

In 2009 he graduated from Leeds College of Music with a BA hons in Jazz music, receiving the Sam Rose Bowl for outsanding performance and the John Scheerer's Drum Prize.

In December 2010 Eddie was named as one of Jazzwise’s musicians to look out for in 2011. Around the same time, he was hand-picked by Gilad Atzmon to join Aztmon’s Orient House Ensemble as their new drummer. While at College, Eddie performed with Tomorrow's Warriors and featured on BBC1’s The One Show demonstrating his drum technique. Eddie also took part in The Louisville Student Exchange, a project allowing three Leeds College of Music students and one alumnus to participate in Jazz Fest 2009, USA.

Shortly after graduating he relocated to London and has since toured extensively across the UK, Europe and Latin America.

In 2011 he recorded on the theme song for the London 2012 Olympics, "Anywhere in the World' by Mark Ronson and Katy B, and was filmed in the music video. Eddie also teaches on Global Music Foundation (GMF) courses in the UK and Europe.

Eddie is a Roland electronics, Aquarian drum heads, Vater sticks and Protection Racket cases artist.