Black Artist Databases co-founder NIKS normally takes us on a journey by means of intergalactic household and techno.
DJ, educator and local community chief NIKS’ cross-disciplinary operate has drawn on the Black creative working experience from a young age. In the early 2000s she viewed her father participate in at the Glastonbury Competition, and her brother, who was associated in London’s garage and dwelling scene shared tapes and CDs with her. When she was researching for a Sociology diploma at the University of Tub, specialising in the ordeals of Black girls in academia, she took up DJing, encouraged by the ways of Mr G. and Kerri Chandler to create a design that produces times of intimate dancefloor connectivity.
In 2020, as the pandemic uncovered racial injustices throughout the globe, NIKS watched as Bandcamp Friday available a lifeline to impartial artists and commenced do the job on a challenge that would greater enable Black artists reward from it. Together with five mates, NIKS introduced Black Bandcamp, a database to support songs lovers search for and assistance Black producers on the system. This resource was pivotal in redressing the balance for underground Black artists and has given that reworked into Black Artist Database, a globally-recognised system that lists Black creatives, journalists, fairness initiatives and Black-led projects along with labels, producers and bands.
In excess of the earlier couple of many years, NIKS has come to be a important fixture in the London scene and past, curating a collection for Mixcloud and holding down residencies on Noods Radio and more recently Rinse FM, exactly where she joins the dots between residence and techno earlier and current. NIKS’ Fact Combine is a recording of her paying out at London’s Waterworks Competition in 2021, the place she warmed up the HiHat tent and went down “a sonically fluid, intergalactic and place invasion bleep route”.
Waterworks Festival 2022 takes spot on 17 September at Gunnersbury Park in west London. Find info on lineup and tickets listed here.
DJ Chupacabra – ‘Rockstar’
Ronan – ‘Life Web’
HearThuG – ‘Planet Rhythm X’
DJ Chupacabra – ‘Grimer’
OKRA – ‘Phase’ (Nicolás Duque’s Down to Earth Mix)
Ronan – ‘Abrazale’
Oliver Moon – ‘Insight’
Haruka Salt, Tongji – ‘Scrabble’ (Tony G Remix)
Oliver Moon – ‘Amenecer’
Agile Sort – ‘Pyramid’
Oliver Moon – ‘Wide Eyed’
Darsk – ‘Lair’
Flowdan – ‘Plans In Motion’ (Marcus Visionary Remix)
Ronan – ‘En La Malla’
Ayesha – ‘Potential Energy’
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