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Nickodemus

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Musically speaking, New York native, Nickodemus, is probably as open-minded as it gets. Born and raised between Queens and Long Island, Nico’s household proved to be the foundation for his longstanding affair with music.

“Up until the time when hip hop exploded, music in our house was always like a festivity. It was always either a party or a dance or just to celebrate good times. My parents constantly had music flooding in and out of the living room; they were listening to Motown, disco and loads of Latin music. It was always good mood.”

Schooled in sounds universal from an early age, it wasn’t long before he discovered hip hop on the New York radio airwaves; 98.7FM with DJ Red Alert and Marley Marl were listened to and recorded, religiously, each and every week. And so began the next phase of Nico’s musical development: picking up the necessary DJ skills after meticulously studying the masters’ techniques on old mixtapes, utilizing the art of timing - he was also an accomplished breakdancer by this point, and then taking it to the streets, literally.

Midtown Manhattan’s famous club landmark, The Red Zone, was where you’d find him most weekends; not partying or getting up to the mischievous antics of most early teenagers, but, instead, painting murals for the club’s drink specials and DJs coming up . “I’ve got my sister to thank for helping me get into that whole world. She worked the door, so she’d sneak me in and I’d get to see DJs like Kid Capri and David Morales play these amazing sets.”

Local block parties followed, as did Nico’s investigations into the roots of this new music he was being absorbed by. The samples were everything…

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