Nick Liberatore

The Comedy Jam on Comedy Central

Nick Liberatore


„Paiste cymbals have the versatility for any project. The power to cut through and the tonality for any musical shade.“



Nick Liberatore has been playing Paiste cymbals for over 20 years. He can be seen this summer all across the US opening for JellyRoll with Josh Adam Meyers on the Backroad Baptism Tour. He's an original member of the house band for The Goddamn Comedy Jam, which was featured for a season on Comedy Central. Nick tours live with the show, playing festivals such as Just For Laughs in Montreal, Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Outsidelands, The New York Comedy Festival, and more. Based in Los Angeles, he plays and does numerous sessions with bands such as Solitary Friends (Who's latest album Sum Of More received rave reviews), Regan & Watkins, Hellfried Bastards, Cindergarden, Annie Hardy & The Psychos, and Dignitary. He was hand-picked by Billy Corgan to audition for The Smashing Pumpkins. His own two-man group Elemenopy has released two albums, Sgt.Walrus's Westward Journey and The Sound That Thursday Built. Nick has made loyal use of his Paiste setup for all of these projects and is proud to use them for any musical outlet.

Setup Cymbals

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    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Rich, warm, lush, deep. Wide range, complex mix. Giving and responsive feel. Broad, warm open sound. Compact, lush chick sound. Extremely versatile hi-hat, perfectly suited for dynamic, articulated playing in a wide range of styles. “They are just chunky enough, but not overpowering. They are a little more chocolaty than the classic 602s”, describes Vinnie Colaiuta.

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    Sizes: 12"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium wide range, complex mix. Quick response with short decay. Soft feel. Fast, explosive cymbal with dirty fizz for short, quick accents. Also well suited as exotic effect cymbal in larger setups.

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    Sizes: 18"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Bright, full, trashy. Wide range with complex frequencies. Well suited for stronger china ride playing and big, exotic crashes.

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