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Nikolai Fraiture
Born November 13, 1978 (1978-11-13) (age 31)
United States New York City, New York
Genres Rock
Instruments Bass
Years active 1998-current
Labels Rough Trade Records
Sony BMG
Associated acts The Strokes
Nickel Eye
Website The Strokes Official Website
Notable instruments
Fender Jazz bass
Fender Precision Bass
Music Man StingRay

Nikolai Fraiture (born November 13, 1978, New York City) is the bass player for the American alternative rock band, The Strokes. Fraiture grew up in New York City with his Russian mother and French father, and speaks fluent French. Nikolai has an older brother named Pierre, and a younger sister named Elizabeth. He met future bandmate Julian Casablancas while attending the Lycée Français de New York. Fraiture received his first bass at 18, when his grandfather gave it to him as a graduation present, but Fraiture gave it to Casablancas. It was a year later that he picked it up and began to play it seriously.

Nikolai plays a variety of basses, but is usually seen playing his Fender Jazz bass. He has also appeared playing a black and white Rickenbacker (such as the one in the "Last Night" video), a Music Man StingRay (such as the one in the "Juicebox" video) and a Fender Precision Bass (seen as his backup bass during live performances). He uses an Ampeg SVT Classic amp for most live work and has an artist page on Ampeg's website.

Solo Work

Fraiture's side project, Nickel Eye, enlists the help of South (a UK band introduced to him by a friend) as his backing band. Nickel Eye recorded some demos at South Studios in Hackney, London. With some guest appearances by Nick Zinner of the New York City-based band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Regina Spektor, The Time of the Assassins was completed a few months later in New York. The album is musically inspired by some of Nikolai's favorite artists, such as Neil Young, Frank Black, Leonard Cohen, and The Kinks. The Time of the Assassins was released on January 27, 2009 on Rykodisc.

Nickel Eye’s first performance was on October 15, 2008 at London’s Borderline venue.

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