Fact Mix 872: NIKS

Black Artist Databases co-founder NIKS can take us on a vacation as a result of intergalactic household and techno.

DJ, educator and local community chief NIKS’ cross-disciplinary do the job has drawn on the Black innovative knowledge from a younger age. In the early 2000s she viewed her father play at the Glastonbury Festival, and her brother, who was concerned in London’s garage and property scene shared tapes and CDs with her. When she was learning for a Sociology degree at the University of Bath, specialising in the experiences of Black ladies in academia, she took up DJing, encouraged by the methods of Mr G. and Kerri Chandler to create a design that makes times of intimate dancefloor connectivity.

In 2020, as the pandemic uncovered racial injustices across the globe, NIKS watched as Bandcamp Friday made available a lifeline to impartial artists and commenced perform on a venture that would greater assistance Black artists gain from it. Alongside five mates, NIKS launched Black Bandcamp, a databases to aid music lovers research for and help Black producers on the system. This source was pivotal in redressing the balance for underground Black artists and has due to the fact remodeled into Black Artist Database, a globally-recognised system that lists Black creatives, journalists, equity initiatives and Black-led jobs alongside labels, producers and bands.

Around the previous few decades, NIKS has become a important fixture in the London scene and over and above, curating a sequence for Mixcloud and holding down residencies on Noods Radio and much more not long ago Rinse FM, wherever she joins the dots between house and techno earlier and current. NIKS’ Fact Blend is a recording of her shelling out at London’s Waterworks Festival in 2021, wherever she warmed up the HiHat tent and went down “a sonically fluid, intergalactic and space invasion bleep route”.

Comply with NIKS on Instagram and SoundCloud. Go to the Black Artist Database web site on abide by the job on Instagram.

Waterworks Pageant 2022 will take location on 17 September at Gunnersbury Park in west London. Discover facts on lineup and tickets below.


DJ Chupacabra – ‘Rockstar’
Ronan – ‘Life Web’
HearThuG – ‘Planet Rhythm X’
DJ Chupacabra – ‘Grimer’
OKRA – ‘Phase’ (Nicolás Duque’s Down to Earth Blend)
Ronan – ‘Abrazale’
Oliver Moon – ‘Insight’
Haruka Salt, Tongji – ‘Scrabble’ (Tony G Remix)
Oliver Moon – ‘Amenecer’
Agile Kind – ‘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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