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Nelski: Making it Live

Quirky & rare individuality are elements that make up this skilled character. It’s these things that have gained this young artist support across the dance music board, with Carl Cox & Deadmau5 as examples of the wide spectrum of talent embracing his idiosyncratic sound. Summer 2010’s ‘Body Pop’ was Nelski’s first track, showcasing his inventive production habits. Habits that crafted a sound heavily supported across all of Radio 1, with Pete Tong confirming support through crowning ‘Body Pop‘ as the opening track of his 2010 Wonderland compilation album. Alongside copious amounts of chart spots, ‘Body Pop’ went on to be featured on further compilation albums, making his first release a massive success. From then on, industry eyes intently focused on his next moves. Since, Nelski has delivered tracks that prove his consistency as a producer, showcasing his diverse sound & individual method. ‘Colours’ & ‘Minimal Life’ with Chris Lake have pulled in support from dance music giants across the board, with further props coming from deadmau5 who used the track in his 2010 summer sets during his residency on the Mixmag terrace for Cream, Ibiza. And Capital FM recently jumped at the chance to exclusively preview Nelski’s recent June release, ‘Dancing’ on their Weekend Players feature. Although Nelski’s DJing skills have seen him featured in events across the world including Belfast, Portugal, Spain & Brazil, playing with characters like deadmau5, Michael Woods & Eric Prydz, his live shows are widely divergent. Live is where his passion lies. It’s here where his artistry shines through, & where Nelski makes his mark as something that little bit different. Using live vocal, percussion & keyboards his tracks are played at that very moment, making each performance refreshingly unique. Nelski has produced an intricate show that requires skill, demands full attention & confidence to execute. Nelski’s greatest attribute when it comes to production is his flair for improvisation, which is exactly how he learned to play the keys on blues & jazz scales. As a result, he doesn’t read or recite pieces but constructs his works through pure feeling. Taking influences from his samba background, percussion is an obvious crucial element in the music he creates, using the Korg Wavedrum during live shows to project the sounds that neatly compliment Nelski’s most prominent factor, his voice. This summer Nelski’s live show is being released for the first time as the Whatever Makes You Happy Tour, showcasing at festivals in Scotland, Greece, Israel & Asia. To commemorate the tour, an EP made up of the Whatever Makes You Happy tour tracks will be released in September 2011 on Rising Music. Nelski has carefully developed an imaginative sound that’s been crafted into a sharp, interesting & engaging live show, sure to catch the attention of a global audience. His musical ethos of “it’s about the here & now” is the perfect foundation for an artist that does just that, delivers in real time for the here & now! “As soon as you hear a track, you can tell if someone has got ‘it’. Nelski has got ‘it’ in abundance. If I was a betting man, I would put my money on Nelski – he is about to blow! Watch this space.” Mark Knight, Toolroom Records