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It’s been 20 years since Hard Trance Legend Carl Nicholson first burst on to the UK scene, originally playing for the pioneering brands of Hard Dance including events such as Frantic, Fevah, Sunny Side Up, Strawberry Sundae and Trinity, Carl was one of the first DJ’s to play a mixture of Hard House and Hard Trance, breaking down genres and fusing the euphoric elements of trance with the driving grooves of Hard House like a man possessed, inspiring many of today’s big guns including Phil Reynolds, Ian Betts and Ali Wilson to get with the underground sound.

Since then Carl can lay claim that many other DJ’s could only dream of, he’s played virtually every major brand in the land including Miss Moneypenny’s, Frantic, Sundissential, Heat and Judgement Sundays, alongside some of the biggest DJ’s to have ever walk this planet from The Chemical Brothers, Judge Jules, Lisa Lashes and Paul Van Dyke, to Fatboy Slim, Todd Terry, Grahame Parkes and Jon Pleased Wimmin. He is the only Hard Dance DJ to have ever received a residency at the world famous Fabric in London for DTPM, and he has toured the World over from the UK to Ibiza, Warsaw to Amsterdam, and Japan to Sydney to very high acclaim.

Of late, unless you have been living in the Tibetan Foot Hills, you no doubt would have come across his name, with over 80 Original tracks and remixes on all the biggest labels including Tidy, Nukleuz, Riot and Elasticman which have featured on no less than 30 complications worldwide, plus not forgetting the now formidable force that are his record labels, Presence Recordings, Carl is now revered even by some of this scenes most influential characters as a living Legend.

With his recent onslaught of releases smashing the charts, and even getting the top 4 places on the board for over a week, it’s safe to say that 2009 is without doubt looking to be an exciting one, with major players such as Lisa Lashes, Anne Savage, Andy Whitby and Ilogik to name but a handful hammering his productions as though they were going out of Fashion, DJ Magazine, IDJ and Mixmag all giving top marks and yet another 9 releases scheduled, Carl is finally looking to be rising to the top spot with monumental speed and clarity.

So, if you are a Promoter/Club Owner and would like to find out more about getting Carl into your event, please contact Presence DJ’s by email on [email protected] and we will be very happy to assist you with any question or queries you may have.


‘Having occupied the top three positions in our hard dance chart last week it’s safe to say that this is going to be Carl Nicholson’s year! With a relentless release schedule of original tracks and remixes on all the biggest labels Carl is a legend who deserves his place at the top table! Pure hard trance euphoria through and through. Monster!’ – Matt Smallwood (

‘A True Unsung Hero. Often I am shocked to see how very little Carl get’s the recognition he deserves, Surely a Legend within the genre, which this scene would clearly be lacking without his tireless dedication and highly creative output’ – Ed Real.

‘I have always been a Fan of Carl’s work and will be for a very long time’ – Lisa Lashes.

‘A Great Producer and a Fantastic DJ’ – Technikal.

‘Carl’s Tunes Rock’ – Scott Attrill.



Guy Poulin playing Carl Nicholson V’s Emilio – Rockstar (Norway)

Lisa Lashes Playing Carl Nicholson – Outta Your Mind (Sweden)


arl Smashing the Blue Rooms, Hereford NYE 08

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