You may be wondering where nick got his name,it has nothing to do with stealing records. Let me explain a little, nick has been obsessed with records since he can remember.
Quote from nick’s mum “he was ever such a good boy,we never used to hear a peep out of him,he would just sit in his room for hours on end listening to records on his old record player.”As a boy growing up in the 70’s nick was always listening to music,he dug the funky soundtrack, skits & musical guests on Sesame Street, he liked two tone bands like The Specials & Madness.His two older sisters we’re into what they called disco which had by that time,reached the popular masses,people like Michael Jackson & Change,nick thought this was a bit sissy at the time but he used to love dancing to it.
Into the 80’s and nick turned 10 years old and he started to realise that black/dance music was what he was really into.As the 80’s progressed nick noticed that he was really digging early rap and electro,he hadn’t heard much and didn’t even know what this music was called at the time but tunes like Rappers Delight,Planet Rock and C.O.D.- In The Bottle we’re rocking young nicks world. Nick would save up his pocket money so he could buy one 12 Inch every two weeks.
In 1983 at the age of 13 nick came across the 1st in the series of Streetsounds Electro compilations,this was a revelation for nick who suddenly had a name for and access to more of this new music he had been feeling so much.For a teenage kid growing up in the 80’s electro was the perfect underground music with it’s associations to space travel and video games & Nick formed a breaking crew with some local friends.
In 1986 nick got his first pair of decks and started to play with the local soundsystem in St.Albans where he grew up,playing Rap,Electro,Soul and all the modern dance records that we’re coming out.He didn’t know it at the time but he was already buying early house records like Adonis-No Way Back & T-Coy-Carino – in an era when genres seemed less important,to Nick these we’re just good dance records.His interest in hip hop led nick to start looking back in musical time and start exploring the breaks,then the rare groove scene kicked off and this exposed nick to even more musical styles and he started digging funk & jazz which then led to an interest in boogie and disco.
In 1988 nick moved to London and worked in Quaff records in Ladbroke grove who specialised in rare groove and later in Red records who sold all the new house & hip hop Imports,this all helped with nicks crash course musical education and expanding record collection.
In the early 90’s nick started to play at lots of underground parties in the thriving wharehouse party scene and also during the summer at many outside parties and music festivals as well as guesting at DJ Harvey’s legendary MOIST club and being resident DJ at QUIRKY at the Vox.
In 93 nick’s love affair with Japan started when he went over and got together with a crew of friends and formed Lifeforce,who’s legendary parties are still going strong today,with nick as the resident DJ visiting 3 or 4 times a year.He’s been so many times he’s lost count.
On the home front nick moved to brighton and guesting at nights like Slack and Mufflewuffle as well as playing lots of brighton’s legendary beach parties.
In the later half of the 90’s nick got together with multi Instrumentalist TIM HUTTON to form the SOUL ASCENDANTS,their first song TRIBUTE was a tribute to FELA KUTI which was well received by critics and dj’s worldwide.This funky afro house groove proved to be a huge hit on the underground house and garage scenes in New York and Japan being played by DJ’s like Timmy Regisford,Joe Clausell and Francois Kevorkian at clubs like THE SHELTER and BODY & SOUL where it would sometimes get played 3 times in one night.
Another single followed and then an lp on London’s Nuphonic label which featured the master drummer TONY ALLEN who was FELA KUTI’s drummer and band leader throughout the 70’s.This lp was a real mixture of styles with afro beat,house tracks,a jazz tune,latin touches and plenty of funk.
In the late 90’s and into 2000 nick played regular guest spots at BEATS WORKIN’/ORIGAMI(brighton’s deep house night),GLOBAL BEETS(a night which has a live afro or latin band and nick plays old school afro & latin as well as new house with afro & latin flavours) & RUSS DEWBURY’s JAZZ ROOMS.
Nick is also a record dealer running a mail order business specializing in supplying the world’s DJ’s with rare soul,funk,jazz and especially disco,boogie and hip hop on the DJ’s format,12 Inch singles.This has helped nick to aquire his extensive record collection,he probably has one of the largest collections of rare 12 Inches in the UK.
In 2000 nick’s musical knowledge was called upon by Counterpoint records who asked him to compile Disco Juice,a collection of rare funky disco,boogie and soul from the P&P & associated labels.
Nick has also released 2 official mix CD’s in Japan on Lastrum & Avex (Japan’s biggest record label).
So as you can see nick’s life revolves around records and this is why people started to call him nick the record.Strangely enough he doesn’t find time for too many other interests.
The Music – so what sort of music can you expect nick to play,well it depends on the situation,nick can play many different styles from deep to acid house with touches of disco to afro,latin and jazz sets(old and new) to pure old school disco classics and beyond.
Nick doesn’t rely on DJing for a living and chooses his gigs carefully,only playing at things he thinks he’ll enjoy. You won’t just get somebody going through the motions,doing “a job” and playing the “big” tunes, nick’s music is his religion,it is spiritual to him, he will take you on a musical journey around the world and beyond the stars(without taking himself too seriously).
Nick likes to play long sets,his favourite is Japan where he usually plays between 5-9 hours.
Here’s some of the places Nick has played at last few years:
STUDIO 9 (New Zealand)
RAINER TRUBY’s ROOTDOWN (Frieburg)
LARGER THAN LIFE (London)
PERVERTED SCIENCE (London)
RIGHT AREA (London)
JAZZ CAFÉ (London)
QUART FESTIVAL (Norway)
GLOBAL BEETS (Brighton)
RUSS DEWBURY’S JAZZ ROOMS
PRESCRIPTION brighton’s deep house night.
BIG CHILL & BEACHDOWN festivals.
Warm up for FEMI KUTI’s live show in Brussells
FRIE FORMA (Oslo)
DATREN TIL HARGEN (Oslo)
TALKING ALL THAT (Helsinki)
OFF CENTRE (London)
MELTING POT (Glasgow)
TIME MACHINE (Nottingham)
S.O.U.L. Weekender (Gijon)
S.O.U.L. all nighter with Rahaan (Gijon)
PINBALL (Valencia) with herminio Alphonso
PLANET CAFÉ (Hamammatsu)
PRECIOUS HALL (Sapporro)
TAICO CLUB (Nagano) and LIFEFORCE-Tokyo (every 3 months)
For the last 3 years Nick has headlined at the Taico Club open air Festival in Japan alongside such artists as Madlib, Rhythm & Sound, Daedelus, Chateau Flight, Rob Da Bank,Moodman, Rub-N-Tug,Ulrich Schnauss,Osunlade,DJ Koze,James Holden Etc...
This has become one of the highlights of Nick’s year.It is one of Japan’s best underground music festivals and is held in a place named Kodamanomori which apparently translates as echo forest – it is in a valley surrounded by trees which acts as a natural amphitheatre & sounds incredible. Nick gets to play what is known as the ‘After Hours’ or closing set from 8am to 1pm after the second stage has closed.
DJ FRIENDLY - "SUN SUN" - HONEYDIPPED
FOOLISH,FRIENDLY - "THE DRIVE" - RECYCLED & FORGETFULL
LIFEFORCE - "LIFEFORCE" - 20/20 VISION
EAST WEST ACID TEST ROUGHNESS DISFUNKTION
SOUL ASCENDANTS - "TRIBUTE" - NUPHONIC
SOUL ASCENDANTS - "RISE" - NUPHONIC
DA REBELS - "HOUSE NATION(REMIX)" - UGLY MUSIC
SOUL ASCENDANTS - "VARIATIONS" lp - NUPHONIC
VARIOUS ARTISTS - LIFEFORCE Cd mix comp. - LASTRUM (Japan)
VARIOUS ARTISTS - DISCO JUICE Comp. - COUNTERPOINT
CLOUD ONE/PAPER DOLL - DISCO JUICE sampler 12 Inch -COUNTERPOINT
FERTILE GROUND - "LET THE WIND BLOW" (REMIX) - COUNTERPOINT
VARIOUS ARTISTS - DISCO JUICE Volume 2 - COUNTERPOINT
LANIER - "25 HOURS" (Re-edit) - COUNTERPOINT
Disco Juice Vol.2 12 Inch sampler
FERTILE GROUND - "ILLUMINATION" (Remix) - COUNTERPOINT
NICK THE RECORD - "LATIN DISCO" EP - FREESTYLE
CLARISE LABBE - THERE’S NO OTHER LOVE - COUNTERPOINT
VARIOUS ARTISTS - LIFEFORCE Mix CD - AVEX(JAPAN)
TROPICAL DISCOTHEQUE ep DISCO LA CALLE (Re-edit) - SOFRITO SPECIALS