Atack’s Hammond organ player is Nick Foley. In addition to being a touring musician with a number of acts, Nick is also an in-demand session player, educator and tireless advocate for these classic sounds and instruments.
His career as an organ player began at the age of 12 when he coincidentally inherited a used Bontempi home organ and discovered the music of Deep Purple in the same month. These two events launched his love of this instrument which has remained steadfast despite owning a multitude of other organs, electric pianos and synthesizers over the years. Today he uses a Hammond XK-Pro with a Leslie 145 speaker as a touring rig and a vintage 1960 Hammond C3 with Leslie 122 for recording. For other classic and modern keyboard sounds he uses Apple’s Mainstage with a Roland MIDI controller both live and in the studio.
His playing style is energetic, authentic and immersive, and he is the reigning champion of Hammond USA’s international “Riff Off Championship” having beaten organ players from all over the world in a public vote. Nick is the founder of the online “Jon Lord Appreciation Society” which now has more than 13,000 members and runs the popular Hammond-for-Hire YouTube channel where he dissects different playing styles, offers advice on maintaining and restoring classic organs, and leads viewers through his journey to hone his playing and find his signature sound. To date his videos have had over 300,000 views.
Learn more at www.nickfoleyuk.com.