Nerm
 

Nerm

Blame him. It's all his fault.

He’s always loved music and started mixing while he was 10 years old, messing around with some D90 cassette tapes.

A love for live music performance was realised in 2000 as the frontman to the electronic punk band Charged signed to Nation Records. Around the same time Nerm became the headline DJ at London’s international clubnight Swaraj.

With Drum & Bass as the backbone, other genres fell into the record box from Breakbeat to Hip Hop, House to Garage and Classical Music. The then Asian Underground scene helped hone Nerm’s DJ skills and cross-genre, cross-format mixing abilities.

It was on stage at Swaraj where Nerm introduced Shiva Soundsystem, by combining the live energy of a band with the dance floor honed ear of a DJ by incorporating musicians in his sets. Shiva Soundsystem was a group, then became a sprawling network of musicians, producers and DJ’s who’s back-end was a warehouse complex HQ in Hackney, East London.

With Shiva Soundsystem Nerm hosted events, first holding massive parties at the warehouse among other spaces and then, more legally, holding down weekend residencies in East London’s underground hotspots such Shoreditch’s Herbal and Brick Lane’s Vibe Bar with guests as diverse as Aphex Twin, Swami and Logisics. Bigger DJ bookings, festivals and tours soon followed with India and Glastonbury being played every year since 2002.

Along with this came presenting interests from media outlets including E! Channel (Venezuela), MTV India and BBC 2 that built up to Nerm breaking through as a broadcaster, primarily on radio with the BBC Asian Network.

At the same time Shiva Soundsystem evolved into a record label with a roster of artists, most prominently D-Code.

Alongside D-Code, Nerm began a 16 month run on BBC Radio 1 including standing in for Mary Anne Hobbs, Ras Kwame and for 1Xtra’s Drum & Bass Mix Show as well as presenting alongside Annie Mac and Zane Lowe.

Nerm mixed and released the first Drum & Bass/Dubstep mix album especially created for India called “India:One” while Shiva Soundsystem releases gained support from Pete Tong, Kissy Sell Out, Pendulum and Laurent Garnier.

Nerm enjoys sound design and makes music that is more a soundtrack than for the dancefloor. Which is weird because he loves tearing up dancefloors across the world.