Nick Hodgson

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Nick J.D. Hodgson
Nick Hodgson in studio 2017
Nick Hodgson in studio 2017
Background information
Birth nameNicholas James David Hodgson
Born (1977-10-20) 20 October 1977 (age 43)
Leeds, West Yorkshire England
GenresIndie rock, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, flute
Years active2003–present
LabelsB-Unique, Prediction Records[citation needed]
Associated actsKaiser Chiefs, Mark Ronson, Rat Boy (musician)

Nicholas James David "Nick" Hodgson (born 20 October 1977) is a drummer, backing vocalist, and songwriter, formerly of English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs.

Early life[edit]

He attended St. Mary's Menston with Nick Baines and Simon Rix. He then went on to Trinity & All Saints University College in Horsforth, Leeds, where he studied Media. He later met Ricky Wilson and Andrew "Whitey" White at a mod night called Move on Up at The Underground in Leeds. Together they formed Runston Parva, later to be called Parva and now Kaiser Chiefs.

Together with bandmate Ricky Wilson, Hodgson started the Leeds club night Pigs "to give us something to look forward to".[1] After giving the rest of the band a mix CD with songs he had been playing at Pigs, they formed Kaiser Chiefs, scrapping all their old songs and changing "the way we play, the way we dress, basically everything we could change without changing ... our faces".[2]

Kaiser Chiefs[edit]

Hodgson is a founding member of Leeds indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs, and their drummer and main backing vocalist between 2003 and 2012. He takes lead vocals on tracks Boxing Champ and Man On Mars. On 4 December 2012, Hodgson announced via his Twitter account that he had left Kaiser Chiefs to concentrate on other projects.[3]

Solo work[edit]

Since his departure from Kaiser Chiefs, Hodgson has refocused his attentions on the studio. In an interview with NME, he spoke of his decision to split from the band, stating: "It was obvious really, because they know I love the studio and I love writing and I'm not mad about touring. I loved touring at some point, but I didn't love it all the time and I didn't love it as much as everyone else."[4]

On 26 March 2017, Hodgson teased via his Twitter account that he was making a solo record by tweeting "If I tweet that I'm making solo material then I have to do it. Right?!"[5] On 1 June 2017 he confirmed the album also via Twitter saying the album was going "nice".[6]

On 4 December 2017, Hodgson performed new material, at Black's Club, London, for "The Society of the Golden Slippers".[7] This was stated as his debut performance as a solo artist.

On 26 January 2018, Hodgson released his solo album, Tell Your Friends, on Prediction Records. Much of the album is 1970s pop inspired in its sound, owing to the fact that Hodgson records on mostly 1970s instruments.[8] As announced on his Twitter in late February 2018, Hodgson is already working on his second solo album.[9] However, Hodgson confirmed in March 2020,[10] that there is no plan to release new solo material in the near future, and he is instead continuing to focus on songwriting.


After being the main songwriter in Kaiser Chiefs,[11] Hodgson continues to write for other people. He co-wrote "Bang Bang Bang" with Mark Ronson, MNDR and Q-Tip,[12] which was released as the lead single from Ronson's third studio album, Record Collection, and went to No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart.[13] Hodgson has worked with The Vamps, Kodaline, Olly Murs, Lower Than Atlantis, Dua Lipa, John Newman, Hurts, Dagny and James Arthur[14]. He worked with Duran Duran and producer Mark Ronson on the Duran Duran album All You Need Is Now, co-writing the track "Too Bad You're So Beautiful"[14]. He has also written for Shirley Bassey[14]. He co-wrote the lead song, "Feels Like Summer" for the Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta-nominated film, Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015).[15][16] Hodgson co-wrote and co-produced the 2017 single "Laidback" by Rat Boy.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Hodgson is married, and has one child.


Studio albums
  • Tell Your Friends (2018)


  1. ^ "Music: Blazers of Glory". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 21 May 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ "kaiser chiefs carling interview". YouTube. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Twitter / chewdio: I can confirm I have left Kaiser Chiefs after 15 spectacular years. I'm moving on. I wish the rest of the band the very best!". Twitter. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Nick Hodgson explains his exit from Kaiser Chiefs". 25 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Nick J.D. Hodgson (debut as solo artist), Ajimal + Jaz Karis".
  8. ^ "Nick J. D. Hodgson – Q&A – Indie Midlands". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  9. ^ Hodgson, Nick J. D. (20 February 2018). "It's official cos there's a folder on my computer called 'Album 2' #tellyourfriends2". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  10. ^ [3][dead link]
  11. ^ Michaels, Sean (5 December 2012). "Kaiser Chiefs songwriter leaves band". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Bang Bang Bang". Discogs. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  13. ^ "bang+bang+bang | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  14. ^ a b c "Music interview Nick Hodgson: 'I am essentially a musician, whether it's playing Elland Road or playing some pub, I just love it'". Yorkshire Post. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  15. ^ ""Feels Like Summer" From Shaun the Sheep The Movie by Tim Wheeler, Ilan Eshkeri and Nick Hodgson". This Is My Jam. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Music Video – Feels Like Summer (2015)". Trailer Addict. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  17. ^ "LAIDBACK - Rat Boy | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 July 2020.

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