Nick Rafferty

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“Excuse me, but how good was Sundissential’s Nick Rafferty last month..? He had the whole place absolutely rocking!” – Dan Prince, Mixmag Club Country

It was late in 1995 when a young Nick Rafferty realised he would have to finish his pro-golfing career to pursue his true love of DJ’ing and house music. Having produced demos on a pair of crumbling old decks, Nick was lucky enough to quickly establish a regular slot at the West End bar in Birmingham.

Nick rapidly gained an impressive reputation around the west midlands. When the now legendary Sundissential club night started it was only natural that Nick should become the club’s second resident DJ alongside the great Tony De Vit. Playing with Tony and the other Sundissential ‘big names’ taught Nick a tremendous amount about the skills of a top DJ. Right now he refuses to stay stagnant and become pigeon holed. He’s always looking to push new styles and sounds in both his production & DJ’ing. This has enabled him to develop his own style to the point that he is in demand across the whole country and the globe.

Beyond his DJ’ing career Nick has had considerable success with various studio projects including 25 single releases under his own name. He’s also released under the name NR², completed an impressive array of remixes, as well as taking control of the decks for eight TV advertised compilations including all 3 Sundissential Albums.

Most notable guest appearances: Godskitchen/ Polysexual (UK) inc: Global Gathering (35,000 capacity festival) (UK), Slinky (UK, Ibiza), Tidy Trax Events (UK), Sundissential (UK), South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai, Canada, Tenerife, Turkey, Ibiza the list goes on …

Big Releases/Remixes: Blue Amazon ‘No other Love’ (Nick Rafferty & the Coalition mix) Sony – Radio 1 Plays, Neds Atomic Dustbin ‘Kill your Television’ (Rafferty & Rowland mix) Sony, Nick Rafferty & the Coalition ‘Fake’ in it’ Honey Pot – Dave Pearce Big 3, 5 weeks in a row!, Rafferty & Kershaw ‘We are Connected’ Endeavour – Massive Paul Van Dyk & Radio 1 support, NR² ‘I want it/Freedom’ Tidy Trax – Radio 1 plays

Radio Exposure: Appeared on Pete Tong Essential Selection – Radio 1, Dave Pearce Dance Anthems – Radio 1, Graham Gold & the Brandon Block & Alex P shows – Kiss 100, Paul Kershaw’s weekly Dance show/ Also covered the whole show – Galaxy 100 network, the Tidy Boys Dance show – Galaxy 100 network

Highlights: “There have been many, the early Sundissential Bank Holiday and New Years Eve parties. Playing alongside Tony de Vit was an experience that could never be equalled. More recently Global Gathering ‘03 was brilliant, the feedback afterwards from the clubbers was fantastic saying that my set was one of the best on the night and considering whom I was playing alongside this was some compliment. Last year, having 12 tracks played on Radio 1 alone, and still being able to do the thing I love!”- Nick Rafferty ’05