- Richie Meldrum
- 28 September 2006
Name Billy Nasty
Occupation Purveyor of fine electro and techno
Location London UK
Show me the small print! Billy Nasty was one of many DJs to realise that working in a record shop is generally the first stop en route to international DJ stardom. It was punting fresh pressed vinyl behind the counter of Zoom records in Camden that Nasty built up the contacts and the record collection which, coupled with some fine talents behind the decks, gave him the chance to move his career into the fast lane. His sinister progressive house was blasted on hi-fis and car stereos nationwide thanks to the popularity of his bootleg mixes and the unstoppable marketing skills of the cassette tape.
He knows how to utilise technology then? Good, I’ve got a video player that needs programming. He certainly seems to have his finger on the pulse, predicting the birth of the digital filesharing era and recognising the threat it posed to his beloved vinyl as well as independent dance labels. With an eye for the next big thing it was only right that Billy should seek out the best new techno talent on offer. Adam Beyer, Marco Carola, Agoria, Umek and Vitalic are some of the DJs he has helped along the way, although no doubt they all worked in record shops too.
That it then? Goodbye dance floor, hello allotment? Not likely. Nasty has continued to strengthen his rep by searching out the freshest sounding techno as well as some enticing electro sounds which have increasingly become a part of his DJ sets. He may appear eerily calm behind the decks, but mayhem is sure to ensue in front of them as Billy Nasty makes his first appearance for Jackhammer.
Billy Nasty guests at Jackhammer, Ego, Edinburgh, Sat 7 Oct.