Nick Valensi is the lead guitarist in New York rock band The Strokes. Born 16th January 1981, Valensi learnt guitar from an early age (receiving one from his father at the age of five). During his time at Dwight High School he met future bandmates Julian Casablancas and Fabrizio Moretti. The boys formed The Strokes with Nikolai Fraiture and Albert Hammond, Jr. completing the lineup. Valensi is a gifted guitarist, his skill heard on such songs as The Modern Age, 12:51, Juicebox, Whatever Happened and New York City Cops.