An award-winning storyteller in her own right, NikNak devoted to developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, producer, tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter. She is also a strong advocate for diverse representation in the music industry, especially within the DJ and music production realms, and musician wellbeing/mental health. Based in the UK, you’ll find NikNak digging for vinyl or comic books, gigging in and around Leeds, experimenting and sharing her music tastes to diverse audiences, delivering engaging sessions with students to develop their DJ skills, and running/curating events such as "Dub Sirens" and "Melanin".
She has also performed at festivals such as Wilderness Festival with Live Art Bistro, Handmade Festival, Chin Up Festival, We Out Here Festival, Leeds International Festival, World Island Festival, Algorave Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival with House of Verse, Leeds Digital Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Marsden Jazz Festival and Tor Fest.
To date, she has supported DJ Format, Jon 1st, Akala, Chynna, MJ Cole, Dan Kye, Bradley Zero, Cakes Da Killa, Grandmaster Flash (twice), SEED Ensemble, Madlib, Lady Leshurr, Saul Williams, King Midas Sound, LayFullStop, Children of Zeus, Awate, TY, Project Hilts, Lowkey, Moses Boyd, Necktr, Commodo, Object Blue, Bambooman, Boe&LX, Pye Corner Audio, Tommy Cash, Yves Tumor, Karnage Kills, and Princess Nokia.
She was one of the resident artists on Opera North's "Resonance" Programme in 2020, and is a resident artist at the University of Huddersfield // HCMF’s Sound Pioneers cohort.
NikNak also became one of the winners of 2020’s Oram Awards, and made history by becoming the first Black Turntablist to win the award.
Currently, Nicole can be found gigging in West Yorkshire solo and as a part of two bands: The Belgrave House Band and TC and the Groove Family. She has also presented on radio stations such as Demon FM, Sable Radio, Worldwide FM and Balamii, BBC Radio Leeds and KMAH Radio.
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