Nicole Simpkins was born in 1978 and grew up in the Toledo and Detroit area. She began to love music as a child, and as a teenager she discovered house and techno music. She went to many underground warehouse parties in Detroit and saw many great DJs in the 1990s. She learned how to play drums when she was 19. She then moved to Portland and studied culinary arts and became a chef. She traveled around Europe in her 20s and she learned how to produce music while living in the Netherlands. Nicole is meticulous about making great beats in her productions; she uses the Akai MPD 32 to make the drum sounds in her beats.