My name’s Nerm and I do a bunch of stuff with music, events and media. I love making new things happen and remixing culture.
I started off as a resident DJ at Ministry Of Sound in Birmingham, was the front man for an electro-punk band (that did quite well) called Charged and was the headline DJ with international club night Swaraj, which took me all over the world and got a lot of media attention.
I then founded Shiva Soundsystem in 2000 with musicians evolving my DJ sets in to a live band. This then turned into an organisation with a large warehouse HQ in Hackney that ran hundreds of clubnights, programmed festivals, had a shed-load of associated artists and a record label.
Personal highlight include having Aphex Twin as “DJ AFX” playing our residency at the legendary club “Herbal” in Shoreditch and my clubnight “Supersonic Buddha” achieving cult status during it’s extended residency at Brick Lane’s “Vibe Bar”.
We started heavily touring India annually in 2000 and regularly playing Glastonbury Festival since 2002.
I began presenting across the BBC in 2003 with a one-off special on BBC Radio One and a fair few TV appearances. A regular show on BBC Asian Network started in 2006 for 4 years, representing the alternative side of music on that station.
I co-hosted on BBC Radio One for a few years with Shiva Soundsystem label mate D-Code, representing the flip-side to Drum and Bass and genre-blurring, with guests like Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys and exclusives from the Prodigy with Dave Grohl.
As well as our BBC Radio One show, we did a bunch of stand-in shows and co-presents with Mary Anne Hobbs, Annie Mac and Zane Lowe.
I then popped up on BBC 6Music, mixing even more diametrically opposed forms of music together, mainly on the 6Mix alongside fellow residents Groove Armada, Erol Alkan, Andrew Weatherall, Tiga, Ben Watt and guests DJ Shadow and Thom Yorke.
I love playing with audio and have soundtracked cinematically released feature films, TV shows, catwalks, art and photography exhibitions. I’ve done remixes and tracks for Shiva Soundsystem Recordings and other labels and artists. They’re usually more danceable and radio-friendly when I work with D-Code.
I’ve written a few things too. Columns in international publications about alternative music and culture, blogged for the BBC and had pieces in Time Out, Rolling Stone and The Independent.
I still throw large events and programme festivals. I oversee media and campaigns for brands, institutions and closely associated bands & artists I help develop.
I’m deeply into technology and the arts including production, performance and audience interaction. I also consult for various organisations, charities and official bodies.
India is important to me and supporting acts & art from there in the UK has been something I’ve done instinctively my entire life. Taking music to India is also something of a passion. I was part of the 4 -person team responsible for debut tours there by Skrillex, Major Lazer, Goldie & Mala and programming for Viacom’s VH1 Supersonic Festival in it’s first five years.
Most recently, I was the lead creative consultant for BUDX with Budweiser and Vice India, a run of festivals, documentary series and trans-continental musical collaboration project across four contemporary genres.