Nick Zinner plays guitar in the three-time Grammy-nominated rock
band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the hardcore band Head Wound City, and the atmospheric project 13 million year old ghost. He has collaborated and/ or performed with Bright Eyes, Santigold, The Haxan Cloak, TV On The Radio, Arcade Fire, Damon Albarn, Stop the Virgens, Africa Express, PEOPLE, Phoebe Bridgers, Amen Dunes, Amadou and Mariam, and more. He has recently produced LPs for Songhoy Blues (Mali), Deap Vally (LA), and Fufanu (Iceland). Nick wrote ‘41 Strings’, an orchestral piece for over 45 musicians which was performed in New York in 2011, in 2012 at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, in London at the Royal Festival Hall in 2014, again in New York at Rockefeller Plaza in 2019, and was featured as the theme song for HBO’s series VICE.
He has composed and performed for film soundtracks, notably ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Knives and Skin’, the Spike Jonze short ‘I’m Here’, the documentary ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’, and ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, where he co-wrote the title song ‘All is Love’ which was nominated for a Grammy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture.
He has published five books of his photography, most recently 131 Different Things (Akashic). His photos have appeared in The New York Times, Vice, Rolling Stone and more, and have been exhibited all over the world including solo shows in Tokyo, Berlin, New York, London, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. Before cofounding Yeah Yeah Yeahs, he studied photography at Bard College, and now lives mostly in between Los Angeles and New York City.