At Home with Nick Hexum

“Music is really the center of our family. It’s what we do for bonding and it makes the memories just so much more special.” Nick Hexum, lead singer and guitarist of the band 311, invited us to his Topanga Canyon home to talk about his life of music and its role in his family’s life.

“We often take a hot tub after dinner and there’s usually music on. When the perfect reggae song comes on and the girls are splashing around and the sun is just right, I’ll often remember, this is the time when the kids are young and life is just so full of possibilities.”

Watch the film below where Hexum shares touching moments with his two girls, Maxine, and Echo.

“A lot of times when I walk through the door the girls will say ‘Let’s go play Monster!’ which entails me chasing them around the yard with some party music blaring. Lots of yelling and screaming and falling down. They love it – they actually just asked me to do it this morning. I have to be careful because too much growling hurts my throat, but they understand.

Hexum has not only made music an integral part of his life, but he’s teaching his girls the joy of making memories with music.

“We’ll often say, ‘After we clean up, we can have a dance party.’ My girls have asked me to play Call Me Maybe more times than I care to count but I’ll mix in some Bob Marley and some old soul. As long as it’s uptempo they don’t mind.”

See the Hexum family dance party in full effect below, and share your thoughts in the comments.