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Nick Sylvester

Nick Sylvester

Nick Sylvester is American Music Producer, Writer, Musician, and founder of GODMODE. He is one of the original writers for Pitchfork.

Personal Life

Sylvester is married to ESPN journalist Mina Kimes.


He graduated from Harvard University.


Thus far in his career, whether as a journalist or musician, he has a way of expressing his voice by pushing the conditions of the medium in which he uses to get his art, or opinions across.

Predominantly a musician, Nick has reviewed music for some of the most prominent online Music Publications associated with mainstream indie pop music of the 2000s.


Nick is one of the first writers to review albums and other music for Pitchfork. He was a part of its Masthead until he resigned. He also wrote for other publications, one of them being, The Village Voice.

Music reviews

In the mid 2000s, during the time of eminence for the music review site, Pitchfork, he wrote several reviews for bands and acts. Some of the artists include: Man Man, Death from Above 1979, Love Is All, Lil Wayne, Soulwax, and The Roots. He is the one who gave The Advantage one of its first features, and on Pitchfork.

Fabricated Story

In early 2006, Nick wrote a story for Village Voice titled, "Do You Want to Kiss Me?”, which takes aim at the New York City nightlife and so-called Pick Up Artists. The story became a cover story that many condemn for its misrepresentation of the people that he writes about in the story.

The reaction Nick received was negative.

He was asked to resign by Pitchfork, and Gawker went in to chastise his efforts as a journalist trying to break boundaries. Ultimately, as he says,

"There was a pretty gross misunderstanding when I was a journalist about what I was actually doing, and I was pretty unceremoniously asked not to be a journalist anymore."

Since the days of the mid 2000s, Nick has started a record label and followed the path of his passion for music.

He has continued to write for few publications, some times related to music.


Nick is a music producer who works with many punk rock artist, but has a penchant for dance music.

He is also a drummer and collaborator.

He created a music label for fun, but after his resignation as a journalist, he started taking it more seriously.

Through his label he has been to release several albums and music for several bands and musicians.

Mr. Dream

Nick once formed part of a post-punk/indie rock band called Mr. Dream, based in Brooklyn. The trio recorded an album called, Trash Hit.


Around the time of the fabricated story fiasco, Nick Sylvester founded GODMODE, his own personal record label he started for fun in Brooklyn.

He has produced the music for "Football For Amateurs", a video game by The Colbert Report's Rob Dubbin.

He is also designing a delay effect unit based on the Realistic Electronic Reverb circuit.

In 2014, he discovered musician Shamir, 18 years old at the time, and he took him under his wing. At the time, Shamir was recording music on his own using analogue tapes and emailing people/labels trying to get them to listen. He was living in Las Vegas and had the urge to move to Arkansas, until Nick responded and loved what he heard. The two began collaborating and creating music together that they both love and enjoy - mostly dance pop. Nick helped him release his first official EP titled, Northtown.

Shamir is now a sought after act in the festival circuit, and has made people's heads turn in the music industry.

Shamir's first album, Ratchet , was highly acclaimed and praised. Pitchfork named it one of their "Best New Albums" upon its release in 2015.


Citation Linknytimes.comVillage Voice suspended Nick Sylvester for fabrications in an article regarding the "secret society of pickup artists"
Aug 30, 2017, 5:03 PM
Citation Linkentergodmode.comhttp://entergodmode.com
Mar 29, 2016, 2:42 AM
Citation Linknymag.comNYMag on Nick Sylvester
Aug 30, 2017, 5:04 PM
Citation Linkvulture.comArticle about why LA is a great place to make pop music
Aug 30, 2017, 5:08 PM
Citation Linkpitchfork.comLink to some of the music reviews that Nick Sylvester done for Pitchfork.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:08 PM
Citation Linkbrooklynvegan.comArticle on BrooklynVeganabout the time when Nick quit Pitchfork.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:19 PM
Citation Linkdiscogs.comThe link to the Discogswebsite that has some of the music that Nick has worked on.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:32 PM
Citation Linkthefader.comThe The Faderlink to the contributions he has made as a writer.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:33 PM
Citation Linkstereogum.comContributions that Nick Sylvester has made for Stereogum.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:36 PM
Citation Linkthemodernage.orgLink about the story that Nick Sylvester fabricated.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:38 PM
Citation Linkgawker.comArticle on Gawkerregarding Nick Sylvester.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:39 PM
Citation Linkimdb.comThe IMDbof Nick Sylvester.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:41 PM
Citation Linkivygateblog.comArticle that states Nick Sylvester Self-immolated himself at Harvard Law School.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:49 PM
Citation Linktwitter.comThe tweet of Nick Sylvester's wife, Mina Kimes, where she refers to Nick as her husband.
Aug 30, 2017, 5:58 PM
Citation Linklucas.pandawhale.orgInterview of Nick Sylvester and his Wife Mina Kimesin an interview that no longer exists.
Aug 30, 2017, 6:00 PM
Citation Linkcoolhunting.comBlog about Nick Sylvester collaborating with musicians.
Aug 30, 2017, 6:04 PM
Citation Linkpitchfork.comReview of Shamir's first album, Ratchet, which was named "Best new Music" By Pitchfork.
Aug 30, 2017, 6:40 PM
Citation Linkgawker.comThe Gawkerarticle which has the original post regarding Nick Sylvester.
Aug 30, 2017, 6:44 PM
Citation Linkwqhsradio.tumblr.comInterview with the band that Nick Sylvester was once a part of, Mr. Dream.
Aug 30, 2017, 6:50 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPhoto of Nick Sylvester taken at a party.
Aug 30, 2017, 6:51 PM