Nicolas Potter started out playing double bass as a kid! His first band
experience was with The Misunderstood. After VdGG he teamed up with Jeff
Beck for a few months trying to get a new Jeff Beck Group together. Only
rehearsals. He did sessions with Peter Hammill (2 albums), Paul Korda (one
album that wasn't released), Roy Young Band (gigs) and Chuck Berry (one gig
/ The London Sessions album 1972). The latter with Dave Kaffinetti of Rare Bird.
Nic and Dave also played sessions for Beach Boys' album Holland, but they
didn't appear on the LP. Later Nic rehearsed with his old schoolmate Paul
Kossoff of Free fame ca. 1974.
In 1980 he joined The Tigers which included Tony Jacks(on) (voc, gtr), Ross
McGeeney (gtr), Nick Cola (kbds), Pete Dobson (drums - of Juicy Lucy I fame!)
and Nic (bass). Their pop, rock & ska blend secured them a fat deal with
American A & M Records. They cut one album Savage Music for A & M and
toured in the US of A in 1980, but split later the same year. In 1987 Jacks
gathered the same gang except Pete Dobson who was substituted with Johann
James for recording purposes only and they evolved into The Pool Sharks. A
small quantity of the resulting album Final Adjustments was pressed for their
own Strike label (1987). It sounds very much like The Tigers without the ska.
In between Tiger commitments in the USA, Nic went home to England and
visited Guy's new home and home studio Hidden Drive which he (Guy) was
about to set up in Devon. Nic brought along some new instrument or device and
boundless enthusiasm each time, says Guy, and they recorded The Long Hello
Vol. Two at intervals throughout 1980 using the old valve desk from Long Hello
(Vol. One) days. Jaxon added his horns and flute during a weekend. Guy: 'I
mixed the whole album in one twenty-four hour sitting, then drove off in the snow
to begin work on Sitting Targets.'
Nic's albums are dominated by synths, partly calm and moody. His last
three albums are excellent! Nic / Zomart re-released The Long Hello (Vol.
One), The Long Hello Vol. Two (with three bonus tracks off The Blue Zone
Party) and Mountain Music / Sketches In Sound (two bonus tracks) on CD
in 1993. Zomart released a CD by the late Duncan Browne (Songs Of Love
& War) in 1994 featuring Nic on bass. Nic also participated on the
soundtrack album Travelling Man (Prestige Records 1995) by Duncan
Browne and Sebastian Graham-Jones.