Hello! I am Nathan Ricks, the Founder, and Owner of Natrix Entertainment LLC. I am a Drummer/ Music Director/ Arranger/ and Programmer. I am a recent Berklee College of Music Graduate (2017), with a major concentration in Music Performance with a Minor in Music Production. Born & raised in Motown (Detroit, Michigan) my principal instrument is the drum kit. I've worked with several distinguished artists: Lionel Richie, Hunter Hayes, Justine Skye, Arin Ray, Disney Channel, and many many more. I'm a seasoned Gospel musician who plays a diversity of musical genres and winner of multiple drum competitions, and band awards during my tenure at Berklee – I’ve also supported new artists in a Music Director role. In addition to my extensive drumming experience, I am highly proficient at reading, improvising, composing, and music production.
My professional and philosophical desire is “to ensure that everyone that hears the music I play will experience the optimal pleasure conceived when what you hear frees you to express yourself.
Nathan "Natrix" Ricks
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceMost memorable Next-Level Performance to me was doing the Today Show with Hunter Hayes.
What Drives Your Creativity?I draw creativity from everyday life – the sounds of nature, the rhythm of city streets, and the emotions that surround us. Capturing these elements and translating them into drumming patterns adds a personal touch to my playing, making it a reflection of the world around me. Ultimately, my creativity as a drummer is a continuous journey of self-discovery and evolution. It's about finding novel ways to communicate emotions, tell stories, and connect with listeners on a profound level. Drumming is not just a skill; it's a language, and I am driven to explore its nuances, dialects, and infinite expressive possibilities.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I choose Vic Firth for several compelling reasons that align with my preferences and priorities as a musician. First and foremost, Vic Firth has built a sterling reputation for producing high-quality drumsticks that consistently deliver exceptional performance. The meticulous attention to detail in their manufacturing process ensures a level of craftsmanship that enhances both the durability and playability of their sticks. In essence, my choice of Vic Firth is a result of their unwavering commitment to excellence, their extensive product range, and the brand's continuous pursuit of innovation within the drumming industry. This combination of quality, variety, and innovation makes Vic Firth the ideal choice for me as a drummer.