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NikNak - Turntablism | Podcast

Turntables In Electronic Music Performance By Caro C
Published November 2023
DJ, Artist and Producer NikNak

DJ, Artist and Producer NikNak chats to Caro C about her route into immersive performances and turntablism, from her time as a student through to winning awards and launching her own albums, EPs and singles with the assistance of various funding organisations.

Show Notes


00:00 - Introduction
02:12 - What Is Turntablism?
03:20 - Source Music
06:18 - Supportive Organisations
07:50 - Avoiding Copyright Issues
10:22 - Equipment Over The Years
15:03 - Immersive Performances
23:58 - MIDI Footpedals
25:46 - Performance Challenges
32:26 - Current Projects

NikNak - Biog

As a DJ, NikNak has shared the stage with the likes of Mr Scruff, Lefto Early Bird, Ila Brugal, Jamz Supanova, Craig Charles, Om Unit, Jon1st, Grandmaster Flash and has performed at Berghain, Glastonbury, Outlook UK, Dimensions, Cuidad Emergente in Argentina, FiftyLab Festival in Brussels and many more events. On the radio, NikNak has shown her huge musical knowledge via shows like 'Melanin' on Worldwide FM and 'Dystopia' on Refuge Worldwide.

As an artist/producer, NikNak is the first Black Turntablist to win an Oram Award in 2020. Having taken inspiration from a wide variety of genres and artists, she has worked on various theatre productions and R&Ds as a sound designer, performer, composer/producer and also as a member of Eve'sDropCollective as well as TC And The Groove Family.

NikNak embarked on her debut tour in Summer 2022 using an 8-speaker surround-sound array for her immersive third album 'Sankofa', has remixed works by Phillip Glass for the Refractions EP by PRS, and has releases on labels like Kynant Records, Inventing Waves, Reel Long Overdub, OTONO and more.

Interviewer: Caro C - Biog

Caro C portraitDescribed as a "one-woman electronic avalanche" (BBC) and a "sonic enchantress" (BBC Radio 3), Caro has been making her own brand of sensual electronica since the late '90s, reared on a diet of black music, Warp Records and Björk.

Caro currently finds herself in ample musical mischief in the Manchester creative mycelium and beyond — making music, teaching, producing podcasts as well as being the instigator and project manager of electronic music charity Delia Derbyshire Day.
Twitter: @carocsound
Instagram: @carocsound

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