NICKEL is the project of one Robert Nickel and he crafts some of the most euphoric, radical new music around. Made with the freeform attitude of classic techno visionaries, the fuck-you braggadocio of Berlin in the nineties, the cast-iron integrity of punk and the headlong desperate rush of rave, it’s untamed music for the moment.
2013 sees NICKEL unleash his aural onslaught in the form of “ZYGZM”, a thumping bass laden beast of a tune out on hotly tipped label, Police Records this winter.
NICKEL spent his early years in Rostock, a little harbor town that was once part of Germany’s Eastern Bloc DDR. He took on music as a life challenge to disappear from the barriers of the eastern borders and has never looked back since.
NICKEL’s early tracks quickly found their way onto the blogs that mattered and soon spread like wildfire across the internet. This attention sent him on the road, and since starting out he has DJ’d around Europe, the UK and Japan, going down a storm where ever he plays. Having previously released records under various guises like Trash Talk (Great Stuff) and the seminal Hey Today! (Kitsuné, Turbo, Bang Gang) with fellow partner in crime, Raik Krause, NICKEL made the decision to focus on his solo career and released his debut EP on Dim Mak last year.
Along the way, he’s found himself standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a new clutch of brave DIY electronic artists that include Steve Aoki, T.E.E.D, Black Strobe, Digitalism, Donovans and The Magician. To date, NICKEL has remixed fellow luminaries like The Whip, The Teenagers, Ali Love, Gossip, Fake Blood, Polymorphic and iPunk among others with many more remixes scheduled this year.
NICKEL’s debut single for Police Records “ZYGYM” features remixes from TWR72, Abstraxion, Jean Nippon, Jenson Interceptor and Remute and will be released on 28th January.
In the meantime you can download for free his remix for The XX “Chained”