1970-1974 Skin Alley - Recorded and co-wrote three albums To Pagham And Beyond (CBS), Two Quid Deal and Skintight (Transatlantic). Skintight was produced by the legendary Don Nix and was released on STAX records in the USA.(Bass, Vocals, Flute, Piano and Synthesiser)
1974 Edwin Starr - toured as bass player in Starr's backing band.
1977-80 Alibi - formed originally in 1976 with Tony Knight as a songwriting project. Charlie Morgan subsequently replaced Tony on drums, with Geoff Sharkey (guitars) and Mark Fisher (keyboards) joining later for touring and some recording. The album was first recorded at Island RecordsBasing Street Studios with Muff Winwood and Rhett Davies producing. However, for reasons beyond the band's control this version was never released. The band then signed to Magnet Records and a second version was recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios with Chris Rea as producer — this is the one that was released in 1980 and the title song "Friends" was a radio hit. (Bass, Vocals, Keyboards)
1980-83 Studied for BA Humanities (Hons) in Music and History of Art at Ealing College of Higher Education.
1983-84 Reading University - PGCE in Music Education.
1985 The Explorers featuring Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay - toured through summer 1985 playing piano/synths and featured on the CD/DVD Explorers Live at Camden Palace
1986 Songwriting - around this time Nick began to write songs for other artists with various co-writers. He co-wrote the song "The Flame" with Bob Mitchell, which went to #1 on the Billboard Top 100 for Cheap Trick in 1988 as well as House of Lords "Remember My Name" which hit #72 on the Top 100 in 1990.