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DJs who try to be promoters. Promoters who try to be DJs. A recipe for disaster you may ask. In clubland it’s a tremendous skill to be talented at both with only a handful of individuals properly succeeding. But at the age of just twenty DJ and Promoter Nick Carter is achieving just that, on his one way mission to the very top of house music.
Hailing from Kent, Nick is not only one of the finest underground house DJs emerging from the county’s flourishing scene, but he is also responsible for that scene to be blossoming in the first place. For Nick is one of the key individuals behind the success of ClubClass, the inspirational Maidstone house institution, and undoubtedly one of the UK’s Premier club nights.
In his time at ClubClass Nick has thrown a number of truly legendary parties showcasing many of the most prestigious names in dance music. This includes Eric Morillo, Deep Dish, John Digweed and Pete Tong, as well as those featuring underground heroes like Justin Robertson, Danny Howells, Paul Woolford, and the Stanton Warriors. Add to that the launch of MYNC Sessions in Leicester (a 2000 capacity sell-out) and a live Essential Mix broadcast (at ClubClass in February 2005) and it becomes pretty apparent that these are not the achievements of any normal twenty year old?!
This is especially apparent when you consider that in between organising all these nights Carter has also been busy working on a whole host of other projects. In April 2004 Nick launched Zoolu, the world’s first ever ‘carnival house’ night, at River in Maidstone, whilst in 2005 he co-organised the RhythmClash DJ competition, now recognised as one of the UK’s leading house and breakbeat events for aspiring DJs.
But enough about the promoting, what about the DJing? Nick’s massively successful Zoolu residency provided him with the opportunity to nurture his deep, dubby house sound, whilst maintaining a hedonistic streak throughout.
This is a characteristic that Nick has maintained to this very day with a continued emphasis on quality music, exceptional DJing and bucket loads of fun. With that in mind it’s not surprising that Carter states his key influences being Derrick Carter, ‘for his ability to keep the masses entertained whilst playing true underground house’, James Zabiela ‘for his open-armed approach to new music technology’, LTJ Bukem ‘for his pioneering spirit’, Danny Tenaglia ‘for his unrivalled charisma and capability to maintain the same tribal vibe be it infront of 5000 or 50 people’ and DJ Rolando, whose music Carter recognises as ‘second to none’. With these inspirational figures playing a major role in his music, it’s not rare for Nick to drop a wide range of sounds into his sets. This can include some Detroit techno, liquid drum’n’bass or even the latest Indie Rock & Roll cut.
Following his summer spent in Ibiza in 2003, Nick also states the riotous playground of DC10 as a major turning point in his approach to dance music, with further influences including OM Records ‘for its pivotal role in pushing the Chicago house sound across the globe’ and finally a trip to Fabric, London in September 2004 to witness an education from legends when Laurent Garnier DJ’ed alongside Jeff Mills. His stunning sets at Zoolu also provided Nick with the momentum at which to search for bookings further a field. Despite having first touched a pair of 1210’s less than three years ago, Carter has already DJ’d alongside many of his personal heroes. This includes Nic Fanciulli, Lee Burridge, Justin Robertson, Paolo Mojo, Krysco, Justin Drake (Peace Division), Paul Harris (Dirty Vegas), Mark Knight, Martin Ten Velden and George Andrews. On New Years Eve ‘04, Nick played ClubClass, which he followed up a week later with a set in the main room at ClubClass’ New Years Eve Reunion party. More recently Nick featured at ClubClass’ Easter Special, whilst in April 2005 he performed in the Futurism room at ClubClass and looks forward to further bookings at the night later on this year.
In May 2005 Nick bid farewell to Zoolu to concentrate on Deepsouth-music, a forward thinking and fresh underground house collective, co-found alongside fellow Maidstone based DJs Graeme Doyle, Nathan Doe and Duncan King. Deepsouth-music will act as the vehicle on which Nick Carter the artist will be promoted via a club night and an innovative website (deepsouth-music.com). The website will include monthly hot mixes from resident and guest DJs and help considerably in Nick’s push to develop himself as a professional DJ.
The projects club night titled ‘Deepsouth-sessions’ launches at Jam in Shoreditch in London in May 2005, followed by a monthly residency at River in Maidstone starting in July. Both nights will place massive emphasis on raising the standards for house music in the region with guests already confirmed to play including Nathan Coles (Wiggle/Fabric), Inland Knights, Swag Records, The Electric Press (20:20 Vision) and Olivier Desmet from Amenti Records. Nick has also been busy in the studio producing under the moniker Deepsouth-soundsystem, with long term plans to develop the name into a record label.
When you consider how much he’s already achieved at such a young age Nick Carter is definitely one to look out for. With an unwavering vision and a relentless determination the old guard better look out, for there’s a new boy in town?!