DJ Marco Polo has been entertaining audiences at festivals, parties and gigs around New Zealand for the last few years with a highly infectious, uplifting selection of world music guaranteed to set any dancefloor alight. A Marco Polo set encompasses the most danceable sounds from around the planet featuring Balkan Beats, gypsy music, middle eastern and Bollywood tunes, afrobeat and a sprinkling of Latin and Pacific flavours.
In New Zealand, he has played at Prana, Splore, Jambalaya, the Big Bay Out, Cross St Carnival, Culturefest, AK07 & AK09, The Famous Spiegeltent and 2 WOMAD afterparties alongside Mr Scruff and Nickodemus. He has also supported The Hot Grits, The Mamaku Project, The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band, An Emerald City, Niko Ne Zna and the Jews Brothers. He has toured NZ many times with various acts and in January ‘08, ’09, ’10 and ‘11 organised and went on the highly successful Gypsy Fever tours with the Benka Boradovskys and Niko Ne Zna.
DJ Marco Polo aka Nigel Braddock came from a musical family and studied piano from the age of five. At the age of twenty he graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano. After several years traveling he started his DJ career as DJ Lotus in the late 90’s playing at iconic outdoor dance parties such as The Gathering and Visionz. He set up his own record label, Monkey Records, in the year 2000 and under the name of DJ Monkey began djing NZ music from his and other like-minded labels. Following a trip to Berlin in 2006 and a meeting with renowned producer Shantel (Bucovina Club), Nigel was inspired to invent another DJ persona, DJ Balkanetic, aimed squarely at the dancefloor, and since then has been in constant demand as NZ’s top world music DJ.
Nigel has been visiting Berlin in summer the last few years and has DJ’d at various clubs including White Trash, Kaffee Burger, Supermolli, Schokladen and Madame Claude amongst others. In August 2010 he played at the Inspiral Lounge in London. From the beginning of 2011, he will be based in Berlin more permanently and will be playing regularly around town under his new alias of DJ Marco Polo.
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