Gothenburg-born DJ, producer and Trunkfunk Records label owner Fredrik Nyberg has long been a key player in Sweden’s music scene. As DJ Nibc, and with his collaborative projects Stuffa and Tyken, he is constantly innovating, seeking versatile sounds and dancefloor destroyers.
Starting his DJ career in the early 1990s within Gothenburg’s emerging hiphop scene, he soon discovered techno and rave parties, which inspired him to found Claustrophobic Dimension, one of the first local networks for underground music and digital art. This early attention to design detail instilled in DJ Nibc an appreciation for visual communication, which in turn has become a vital part of Trunkfunk Records, and can be seen in the unique artworks by select designers which grace each of the label’s releases.
By the mid 90s DJ Nibc had fallen for house music, and he began hosting Breeze, a weekly deep house radio show in 1999, on K103 in Gothenburg. By the turn of the decade he was playing regularly at clubs throughout Gothenburg, and was voted as the Best DJ of 2003 by Yo Media, and in the same year ranked #7 in Scandanavia’s 100 Best DJ’s Poll, hosted by megamind.se.
DJ Nibc soon became a leading conceptual force within many of Gothenburg’s clubs, including Baby, Bagheera, and the award-winning nights RA & VS. He remains closely connected to the city, as the host and resident DJ of The Eye club night at Nefertiti club, which has put Gothenburg on the musical map by attracting heavyweight international talent such as Carl Craig, Moodymann & Radioslave. He has also been invited to DJ around the world, at festivals, radio stations and clubs in New York, Miami, London, Berlin, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Ibiza and Barcelona, and most notably at Tokyo’s infamous Womb Club.
In 2000 DJ Nibc established the Trunkfunk Records imprint. Trunkfunk quickly became one of Sweden’s most in-demand independent labels, with releases from Stuffa, The Touch, David Ekenbäck, Tyken and Trevor Loveys, and remixes from influential artists like Jesse Rose, John Dahlbäck, Ramon Tapia & DJ Assault. Showcasing both the underground sound of Gothenburg and DJ Nibc’s supreme A&R skills, Trunkfunk has won support from the likes of DJ Koze, Roger Sanchez and Annie Mac.
In 2001 DJ Nibc released his debut single Deliverance, which signaled his arrival as a new artist to be reckoned with on the house scene, receiving universal acclaim from both DJs and press alike. His innate understanding of hip hop history has helped him infuse his productions with urban elements in the studio, while his expertise as a DJ gives his tracks a natural affinity with the dancefloor.
Shortly after Deliverance he teamed up with Carl Rydén, and under the name Tyken they delivered the Ministry of Sound release Every Word, an across-the-board success that topped DJ charts and radio playlists around the globe.
After the certified success of Every Word, DJ Nibc refused to rest on his laurels, and soon formed Stuffa, a seminal pairing with Jonas Rathsman, to explore a new musical direction and sound. Stuffa’s first single A Million Secrets from their forthcoming debut album looks set to rival the cult following that their anthem Pretty Girls generated in the summer of 2008, as indicated by DJ T.’s inclusion of the track in his recent mix for the famed Fabric series.
DJ Nibc has expertly combined commercial success with underground credibility throughout his career, and since relocating to Berlin in 2008, his focus on furthering his productions and developing his label has intensified, assuring that 2010 will be another landmark year for both DJ Nibc and Trunkfunk Records.