Simply put, Nicole Raymond/NikNak, wears many hats…
A storyteller in her own right, Nicole is devoted to developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, producer, tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter.
She is also a strong advocate for diverse representation in the music industry, especially within the DJ and music production realms, and musician wellbeing/mental health.
The artists she has supported include:
DJ Format, Jon 1st, Akala, Chynna, MJ Cole, Dan Kye, Bradley Zero, Cakes Da Killa, Grandmaster Flash (twice), Madlib, Lady Leshurr, Saul Williams, King Midas Sound, LayFullStop, Children of Zeus, Awate, TY, Project Hilts, Lowkey, Moses Boyd, Necktr, Commodo, Object Blue, Bambooman, Boe&LX, Pye Corner Audio, Tommy Cash, Yves Tumor, Karnage Kills, Princess Nokia…
…and the list continues to grow…
Based in the UK, you’ll find Nicole digging for vinyl or comic books, gigging in and around Leeds, experimenting and sharing her music tastes to diverse audiences, delivering engaging sessions with students to develop their DJ skills, and running/curating events such as “Dub Sirens” and “Melanin”.
Nicole has also performed at festivals such as Wilderness Festival with Live Art Bistro, Handmade Festival, Chin Up Festival, We Out Here Festival, Leeds International Festival, World Island Festival, Algorave Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival with House of Verse, Leeds Digital Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Marsden Jazz Festival and Tor Fest.
As a radio presenter, Nicole has also been on Demon FM, Sable Radio, Worldwide FM, Subtle FM, Kmah Radio and Balamii Radio.
In 2020, NikNak also made history by becoming the first Black Female Turntablist to ever win an Oram Award.
Other notable achievements include:
2016 – 2018
- Performed at Resonance Festival and Bestival
- Completed artist-in-residencies in May 2017 at the ARTErra Gallery, Tondela, Portugal, and the Lakkos Gallery in Crete, Greece in April.
- Has completed residencies at Sage Gateshead in Summer Studios and the Great Exhibition of the North and the Hexagon Project residency
- Performed at Chin Up Festival 2016 and 2018
- Performed at Bradford Literature Festival 2018,
- Performed at BeatBack
- Speaker at Unconference: A day of panels, workshops, presentations and networking for those working in, or aspiring to work in the music industry.
- Chaired the Lights, Camera, and Equality event – Part of the UNESCO Bradford Film Festival and in partnership with BBC Radio Leeds.
- Performed and was a Panelist at the Sonic Symposium.
- Performed at Juicebox in Leeds International Festival
- Performed at Bradford Literature Festival
- Presenting a TedX Talk and Performance at the University of Leeds.
- Performed at Wilderness Festival and We Out Here Festival
- Panelist at the SPARC Conference, and at the PRSF Talent Development Conference (both based in Sheffield)
- Collaborated with Mike Drones, Lauren Harrison and Enoby for Light Night in Leeds to create “Clash Course”, a multi channel diffusion sound and light installation at the Univeristy of Leeds
- Participant in the Huddersfield Professional Development Programme for Women Composers of Electronic Music at the University of Huddersfield and HCMF – https://hcmf.co.uk/sound-pioneers/
- Longlisted for the Oram awards
- Panellist at OneFest in Sheffield
- Selected artist for Opera North’s “Resonance” Programme, collaborated the multi-disciplinary artist Khadijah Ibrahiim and had works performed at Leeds Playhouse.
- Composed and edited the audio documentary “In Safe Hands: The Voices of Black Britain”
- Hosts “Melanin’, a monthly radio show on Worldwide FM
- Presents a weekly radio show on Cratedigs.com
- Participant in Bradford Producer Hub Training Course via Leeds 2023
- “Audio Fundamentals” Module Leader for BIMM Birmingham
- Participated in the Electronic Beats Blind Test Episode 7 – Dubstep 2000s alongside Mala, Caspa, Ila Brugel, Martyn and Joker.
- Became the first Black Female Turntablist in history to win an Oram Award in 2020
- Started the podcast “The Narrative”