Rich Curtis (aka Nightmare) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, producer, engineer, and performer transcended from a family-based lineage of professional musicians. Based out of New England [US], Nightmare has produced and released nationally accredited remixes of Nine Inch Nails, Celldweller, Tweaker, and Justin Lassen and many others.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Nightmare is the founding member of the electronic rock band Nightmare Sequence, but is also previously known for his theatrical performances with his former electronic rock band Synthetic Killing Unit. Nightmare has been associated with a number of related metal, electronic, and synthesizer-based bands throughout the mid-90's such as Broken Hell, Hostile Witness, and GRID.
Nightmare began creating music early on in his life and often passed-up playing with friends to play the drums and sequence 8-bit style music on his computer at home. He fell into lead acting roles in high school theatrical productions and felt comfortable on the stage. Nightmare has always been heavily influenced by electronic rock and metal. Inspiration from bands like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry would soon pave the path for the creation of the theatrical electronic rock band Synthetic Killing Unit.
Around 2006, Nightmare began work at Bopnique Musique Studios in Massachusetts. He acquired an internship to assist multi-platinum award winning producer Anthony J. Resta who has produced artists such as Duran Duran, Collective Soul, Sir Elton John, Perry Ferrell, Megadeth, Tracy Bonham, Sarah McLaughlin, Hoobastank, Blondie, Letters to Cleo, and many more.
Nightmare has produced a number of musical and video compositions focused on product based media for musical instrument manufacturers such as AKAI Professional, Numark, Alesis, ION Audio, AKAI Pro, ALTO Professional, Roland, and Cakewalk. During a lengthy involvement in the software industry, he has worked alongside world-renowned producers such as Martin Atkins (Nine Inch Nails, Pigface), Dale Ramsey (98 Degrees, N'Sync), Shawn Clement (Call of Duty OST), and Javier Colon (winner of 'The Voice').
After releasing Synthetic Killing Unit's debut album in 2008 titled 'Negative On The Inside', Nightmare contributed to many other artists' albums, including a remix co-created with producer Anthony J. Resta for the band The Motion Sick. The remix appeared on multiple ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ video game releases for X-Box, Wii, and Playstation gaming consoles.
In 2011, Nightmare released a remix featured on the 'Herbert The Misanthropical Fly' iOS video game soundtrack receiving over a quarter-of-a-million downloads on the Apple App Store to date. In mid-2013, Nightmare remixed a Sonic & Knuckles 3 track in collaboration with electronic artist DLP specifically for Overclocked Remix, a popular online forum for video game remixers.
Nightmare is currently touring with inMusic Brands across many countries in Asia and Europe, as well as writing the next chapter in the Nightmare Sequence universe.