Excuse me, but how good was Sundissentials 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 DJing 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 clubs 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. Hes always looking to push new styles and sounds in both his production & DJing. 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 DJing career Nick has had considerable success with various studio projects including 25 single releases under his own name. Hes 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 Kershaws 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