My name is Nerm. I do a bunch of stuff, mainly to do with music.
I founded Shiva Soundsystem in 2000 with musicians performing in my DJ sets. This then turned into an organisation with a large warehouse HQ in Hackney that ran loads of clubnights and a record label. We’ve toured India every year since 2002 and played Glastonbury Festival since 2000.
I do a bunch of presenting and DJing on the radio. I always mix the tracks on my shows live, across genres, while I talk. I enjoy the rush. My weekly alternative music show was Electro East on the BBC Asian Network which started in 2006. I stood in on the flagship music show Friction for a few months while Bobby Friction was away and Nihal’s daytime debate show for the station.
As part of In New DJs We Trust on Radio 1, I co-hosted with Shiva Soundsystem cohort D-Code. As well as our slot we stood in for Mary Anne Hobbs for a few shows and Ras Kwame. We also hosted the Drum & Bass Mix Show on 1Xtra. We jumped on Annie Mac’s Mash Up a couple of times too. One of those was live from Glastonbury. Nerm & D-Code vs Zane Lowe was a live soundclash on Radio 1 that kicked off.
My radio documentaries take pride of place. My first was about East Africa called “Out Of Africa”. The second was something I’d been thinking about since I was a kid, “Me and My Swastika”. You can listen and download here. This is the piece I wrote for the BBC News site (which, humblingly, made it to the front page) and this is me on BBC One’s The One Show about it.
My other TV stuff involves presenting for MTV India, BBC 2 and, randomly, appearing on Richard and Judy. I’ve hosted a ton of stuff including, even more randomly, The Big Dance at Trafalgar Square and worked with BBC Blast to present and hold workshops teaching kids how to DJ. I also hosted a Q&A session at the British Music Experience.
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. They’re usually more danceable when I work with D-Code.
I’ve written a few things. 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’ve moved into feature films more extensively since 2010, initially as a Music Consultant for a film from the director of Kidulthood, Menhaj Huda, called Everywhere and Nowhere, and now onto other projects.
I have 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 continue to throw off the wall, exciting events. They started with Shiva Soundsystem in East London back in 2000 with guests such as Aphex Twin, Aziz (Ian Brown) and Commix, all the way to our new series: “Dirty Little Party”: intimate gigs featuring big name artists such as Noisia and Foreign Beggars. The events have managed to spread themselves across three continents.
I also throw events for brands, institutions, closely associated bands and artists I help develop. I am a consultant for a various organisations and I’m deeply into technology and the arts including production, performance, online and mobile.
India is important to me and supporting acts and 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, most recently as part of the team responsible for tours there by Skrillex, Major Lazer, Goldie & Mala and programming the Bass Stage for Viacom’s VH1 Supersonic Festival.