Family at Seven Nightclub, Melbourne are set to host the Godfather of UK house and garage, Grant Nelson, on Saturday 2 July. Grant's music career started at age 9 when he pulled his parents hi-fi system apart and recorded the results onto his granddads old reel-to-reel cassette recorder.
“I used to take a bit of Queen’s ‘Another one bites the dust’, throw in some beats from some dodgy old Hawaiian drums LP and, very poorly, scratch in orchestral hits from my ‘Star Wars’ original motion picture Soundtrack album. The result was nearly always terrible but it was the fact that you could make something different by layering pieces of music that first drew my attention to the intricate workings of music production”.
Grant’s first remix, albeit just in his own bedroom, was of Chaka Kahn’s “I feel for you” and it went down with his friends so well that he decided to do some more. Grant Nelson started Djing at the age of 14. He sent a demo tape to record label Kickin' Records in 1990 and got his first deal soon after.
Nelson is heralded as the Godfather of UK Garage due to his numerous club hits on his Nice 'n' Ripe label in the early 90's. It was his sound along with a few others that gave birth to the then known as 'Sunday Scene' which went on to become UK Garage. Nelson also produced under the name Wishdokta from 1990-1993 when he was making Hardcore / Drum N Bass for the legendary label Kickin Records. In 1997 he started using the alter-ego Bump & Flex and began to produce UK 2-Step. He delivered some of the scenes biggest records by far including the incredible "Funk On Ah Roll" by James Brown.
Eternally a house head since his early Nice 'n' Ripe days, his own Swing City label consistently delivers top drawer house music. Recent Nelson productions have included M-Gee feat. Mica Paris "BodySwerve", Nu Rhythmix "Babylon", Grant Nelson "Ethnicity Part 3", Grant Nelson "Life|, Grant Nelson "The Sound / Feel The Music", Grant Nelson "Free & Switch", Negrocan "Cada Vez", CeCe Rogers "It's Alright"
From raves to R n B, garage to house, Grant Nelson has sampled many musical genres along his unique journey. You can experience his house and garage style yourself on Saturday 2 July at Family.