Nikolai Fraiture (born November 13, 1978, New York City, United States) is the bass player for the American alternative rock band, The Strokes. Fraiture grew up in New York City with his Russian mother and French father, and speaks fluent French. Nikolai has an older brother named Pierre, and a younger sister named Elizabeth. He met future bandmate Julian Casablancas while attending the Lyc??e Fran??ais de New York. Fraiture received his first bass at 18, when his grandfather gave it to him as a graduation present, but Fraiture gave it to Casablancas. It was a year later that he picked it up and began to play it seriously.