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Nick Howard - Biography
DJ Style: Underground, Club, Agressive
Booking E-mail: email@example.com
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/reflexproductions
About Nick Howard:
Nick Howard, also known as DJ Reflex has excellent credentials as a producer, recording engineer, and proffessional DJ.
Nick’s successful 10 year DJ career has to date, seen him play in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, consistently wowing crowds with his distinctly unique mixing style and energy. His sets are always fresh, original and well thought out, combining upfront tracks, exclusive MP3's, white labels, club classics and accapellas, on three turntables. This ensures that Nick Howard (Reflex) stands out from other DJ’s.
Nick Howard - DJ Style:
Nick’s main music style is Dance and Urban music, specialising in Drum and Bass, Electro, Breaks and Commercial House. Nick has also had experience playing specialist bookings, which include music styles from Eighties electro and Heavy Rock. You can always expect a high quality polished sound, with a professional service which is individually tailored to every DJ Booking. Nick has had the privilege of playing alongside some of the World’s best DJ talent including Simon Webbe (Blue), Goldie, H2o (UK top 40), Andy C (No.1 D&B DJ), Shy Fx, Grooverider (BBC radio 1), DJ Hype, and DJ Craze.
Nick Howard - Production Style:
Nick is a highly skilled, versatile music producer and mix engineer, with a string of quality musical productions behind him. Nick’s main expertise, lie in the electronic and dance music genres, however Nick is also an experienced live producer, often recording bands and musicians, in his Bristol studio.
Previous clients include the Guinness World Records “fastest rapper” – Daddy Freddy, platinum selling “New age” artist, Medwyn Goodall, and Singer/Songwriter former vocalist to “Way Out West” – Taja and Bristol’s finest Reggae Band – Dappa and the Players. Other clients include UK Garage star – Mike Wiley, Dubstep star – Shadz, Grime crew – Pro Status, One Nations very own DJ Fluid, The Late reggae guitarist Barry “JAH LIVE” Thomas.
Nick has played at over 100 venues across the World, here are some of the highlights:
- Ministry of Sound, London
- Ultra Music festival, Miami
- The Landmark Hotel, London
- Fabric, London
- The Brixton Academy, London
- Essential Festival, Hackney
- Chelsea Town hall, London
- Royal College of Arts, London
- Marriott Hotel, Bristol
- Panache, Bristol
- Homelands Festival, Winchester.
- The Park, Bristol
- Disco Bells, Spain
- The Sanctuary, Birmingham
- Passion, Coleville
- Hanover Grand, London
Nick Howard began to take an interest in music at a very early age, taking his first piano lessons at the age of 4. This lead to the study of various instruments, throughout his school days, including the recorder, clarinet, and alto saxophone. At the age of 14, Nick decided to trade in his saxophone for an electric guitar.
At 16 years old, Nick started taking an interest in dance music, and was captivated by the sound of early Drum and Bass/Jungle, listening to such artists as LTJ Bukem and Fabio. Further exploration into the world of dance music lead to Nick putting down his guitar buying his first turntables. The next few years were spent DJing at home, making almost daily trips to the local record store.
At 20, Nick found himself heavily involved in the management of a local underground music station (N-Joi FM ). Nick also hosted a weekly Drum and Bass show where he first unleashed his musical productions on the world. At this time, Nick was regularly playing local club nights and private parties.
In 2001 Nick released his first 12” record which managed a 4/5 rating in “DJ magazine”, a world renowned music publication.
In 2004 Nick undertook a music degree at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Surrey.
Whilst studying at ACM, Nick took on a role at Ministry of Sound, London, as a label assistant for Incentive records. During this period, Nick gained invaluable experience working in music industry. Nick found himself answering directly to a legendary figure, Nick Halkes founder of XL recordings, and A&R legend to the Dance act “The Prodigy”. Nick Halkes is now head of dance music at EMI UK. This position also lead to Nick hosting a show of Ministry of Sound radio, and playing a set in the legendry Ministry of Sound club, London.
After his 9 month period at Ministry of Sound, Nick went on to work for a Distribution Company in Hackney. His position at PDC was A&R manager, responsible for all urban artists at PDC.
Nick left this role and went fully self employed in 2005, launching his own media company Flexible Media Ltd.
In March 2006 Nick attended the winter music conference in Miami, as representative to Flexible Media. This proved to be a productive trip and Nick managed to play DJ sets at a number of venues in Miami’s exclusive “South beach” district.
On returning from the WMC, Miami, Nick relocated his business to Bristol. Nick concentrated his efforts on working with a number of Bristol based artists, and bands. A highlight of 2006 was working and recording with legendary reggae guitarist, the late, Barry “Jah Live” Thomas.
2007 saw the return of Nick to Miami’s winter music conference, where he played DJ sets at the Ultra music festival, Therapy sessions Miami, and the Beatport remix hotel event.
2008 proved to be a productive year for Nick, as he expanded his recording studio, moving into a larger premise. December 2008 Saw Nick in his first official acting role in the new Warner Brothers Music video for the award winning band “Pendulum”. Nick also found himself booked as a warm up DJ in the Bristol leg of the UK tour for Blue’s Simon Webbe. Nick was also booked to warmup for H20 on New Year’s Eve, 2008.
2009 sees Nick busy at work in the studio on various production projects, including a remix project for Platinum selling New age artist “Medwyn Goodall”.