Nicky Blackmarket is one of the original pioneers of drum and bass, and he is still the most faithful soldier for the scene around the world.
His early influences came from his mother's background in the jazz scene, and it is improvisation and variety that characterise his DJ performances throughout his career.
At the start of the eighties, Nicky was 14 and playing electro at youth clubs in London. He played with long-time collaborator Clarky and began to mix all forms of dance music, at house parties and on the radio with Star FM. He left Star and joined Friends FM, run by Mad B, which gave Nicky a good education and the momentum to start his own shop in London. In 1990, he and partner Dave Piccioni, bought Blackmarket Records in Soho from Steve Jervier & Derek B. In 1992, as the house scene moved towards breakbeat, Nicky created a separate department downstairs to cater for the sound that would eventually be called Drum and Bass.
In the mid-nineties Nicky pushed the hardcore scene with a regular show on Pulse FM and performances at the Roller Express. He moved into production, making his first record "Spam EP", along with various remixes and releases on his label Gyroscope Records. He also hosted shows on Eruption FM around this time.
As the jungle scene exploded Nicky formed his legendary partnership with the late Stevie Hyper D. These performances are still regarded as the standard by which all others are judged, and mp3s of those sets will probably be on the internet forever.
Blackmarket Records supported the scene as a focus for the community, an essential component in an world without the internet. Nicky started another label Kartoons featuring the anthem "Two Degrees", confirming his status as a central force in the scene.
Nicky Blackmarket Discography
- 14 Remix
- 5 Writing & Arrangement
- 4 Featuring & Presenting
- 16 Production
- 129 DJ Mix
- 2 Technical