Nicolay (musician)

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Background information
Birth nameMatthijs Rook
Born1974 (age 44–45)
Zwijndrecht, Netherlands
OriginUtrecht, Netherlands
GenresSoul, electronic, instrumental, hip hop
Occupation(s)Producer, musician
Instrumentskeys, guitar, bass, Pro Tools
Years active2000– present
LabelsThe Foreign Exchange Music
Associated actsThe Foreign Exchange, Phonte, Nicolay & Kay

Nicolay (born Matthijs Rook in 1974) is an electronica, R&B and hip hop record producer from the Netherlands, better known as one half of The Foreign Exchange. Although his sound was once compared to 9th Wonder's, mainly through the association of Phonte and The Justus League, Nicolay tends to use live instruments rather than samples. Due to his work, Nicolay now resides in the United States.

In December 2009, The Foreign Exchange were nominated for a Grammy, for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track "Daykeeper,"[1] from their second album, Leave It All Behind.[2] Nicolay is the fourth Dutch person to be nominated.[3]


The Foreign Exchange

Nicolay & Kay

  • TIME:LINE (EU Release: February 1, 2008 & US February 12, 2008, NMR)



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  1. ^ "The Foreign Exchange - Daykeeper feat. Muhsinah". September 8, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ " | The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". Archived from the original on December 6, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "BNN.NL". Retrieved July 14, 2015.

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