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Los Angeles born and South Bay raised, Nicall, in a bold move did not start his musical career as Mouseketeer. He did it the old-fashioned way, playing in rock bands (The Hubcaps) in undefined bars for married men who slipped off their wedding rings, And women with names like Thelma and Tootsie. He now views these early years as a gift that certainly provided fodder for his songwriting future.

From the tiny beginnings in the South Bay suburb of Redondo Beach his first commercial studio, The Mental Ward (Lomita, CA) serviced clients of considerable L.A. rock heritage, including The Germs, X, and The Alleycats.

His first satisfying foray into music must have been when he joined the group Zamp and the Suspects. Not only was it kismet in that they had similar musical tastes and ambitions, but his name alone allowed him to step up to the musical plate, if you will, and be the frontman. This band was a mainstay of the L.A. music scene for five years, appearing at such notable clubs as The Troubadour, Blackies, and the Hong Kong Cafe.

Nicall followed the breakup of the band with a purchase of Hollywood's legendary Kitchen Sync studios, which then amassed many album credits, and a variety of radio and TV commercial clients. It was there he recorded his politically charged CD "Whose Country is it?" along with rave reviews it's controversial subject matter has placed him on the FBI's "most likely to question authority" hit list.

His vocal ability, coupled with his guitar and piano skills, proved to complete his boyhood vision that girls do tend to be attracted to rock stars. But his young musical mind was more influenced by the talents of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Frank Sinatra. Nicall eventually paid homage to his long-distance mentor by covering Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night," playing a private detective working in Los Angeles.

Nicall then opened a private studio, Psychic Sound, and began music editing for film and TV. As a songwriter, his writing credits for film and TV include over 200 songs placed in prime time television.

The show Nicall worked on that he's probably most asked about for obvious reasons remains the highly controversial "Baywatch." After several glasses of Scotch and a few hours of prodding, he's more open to discussing that experience.

After 3 CD’s with the band  “The Beatniks of Babylon” Zamp has moved  on to his latest musical incarnation Jazz On The Rocks combining jazz standards and classic rock in a jazz/lounge style. Eight years ago he opened the Big Parade Media Group which in effect allows the inmates to run the asylum.

By Dorothy Spirus

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