NILS, one of contemporary Jazz’ most well known and revered musicians, who for nearly 20 years as a solo artist has been a force to be reckoned with, achieving major accolades along the way, most notably from Billboard, scoring the esteemed charts song of the decade, 2000-2010 (“Pacific Coast Highway”), song of the year, 2011 (“Jump Start”) and over 15 top 20 radio hits.
Nils has headlined some of the largest festivals and clubs across the US and Europe throughout his stellar career, sharing the stage as well as recording with many titans of the industry including George Benson, Dave Koz, Chante Moore, Rick Braun, Nathan East, The Temptations, and countless others.
Born and raised in Munich, Nils (pronounced Neels) Jiptner picked up his first guitar as a teenager. While his first inclinations were to follow the lead of his idols Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, it wasn’t until he was introduced to funk music that he was hooked; he spent “endless nights” learning and copying rhythm players like Nile Rogers, Al McKay and Paul Jackson, Jr. He was also a huge jazz fusion fan, inspired by The Yellow Jackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion and Larry Carlton.
In 2014, nine years after his massive radio single “Pacific Coast Highway” established him as one of contemporary jazz’ top artists and producers, Nils took an exciting look back on a decade of non-stop hit-making with the release of the compilation Jazz Gems: The Best of Nils. The album, which takes stock of his extraordinary career, included only one new track – giving the prolific guitarist and composer extra time to pen his most explosive and infectious tunes ever for his latest release “Alley Cat” (2015). In addition to capturing a wide range of emotions on his electric (and sometimes acoustic) guitar, the 12 tracks showcase, more than ever before, Nils’ masterful skills as a producer and inventive sonic architect.
As the creator of some of the genre’s most identifiable hits – including, “Pacific Coast Highway”, “Let’s Bounce,” “Jump Start”, “Summer Nights”, “Catnap” and “Shake It,” Nils has become a powerful behind the scenes force for many established and emerging artists. Working at his L.A. based studio, he has written songs and helmed tracks and full projects for a plethora of up and coming and already established artists. All the while continuing to cultivate and refine his distinctive, personal, sound.