My name’s Nerm and I do a bunch of stuff with music, events and media. I love making new things happen.
I started off as a resident DJ at Ministry Of Sound in Birmingham in the late 90’s, 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 founded Shiva Soundsystem in 2000, with musicians evolving my DJ sets in to a live band. This then exploded into a sprawling collective with a large warehouse HQ in Hackney that ran hundreds of clubnights, programmed festivals, developed a ton of associated artists and a record label.
Personal highlights include having Aphex Twin as “DJ AFX” playing our residency at the legendary club Herbal in Shoreditch and our clubnight “Supersonic Buddha” achieving kind of a 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 in 2002.
As I was being interviewed a lot by the BBC, it seemed like a natural step to becoming a presenter across their networks, starting in 2003 with a one-off special on BBC Radio One. A regular show on BBC Asian Network “Electro East” started in 2006 for 4 years, representing the alternative side of music on the station. I also dipped my toe into the mainstream side of presenting with a bunch of live and TV appearances.
I was a BBC Radio One DJ for a few years alongside 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 show, we did a bunch of stand-ins 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) and standing in for Gilles Peterson.
I love working with audio and have soundtracked cinematically released feature films, TV shows, catwalks, art and photography exhibitions. I’ve done remixes for a bunch of well-know artists and a solo track or two. They’re usually way more danceable and radio-friendly when I work with D-Code.
I’ve written a few things, mainly about culture, media and music with articles for the BBC, Time Out, Rolling Stone, Mixmag, Vice and The Independent.
I continue to throw large events, programme festivals and oversee content & campaigns for brands & institutions. I consult for various companies, charities and official bodies. I love it when I help corporates use their power to create something new and develop artists that are amazing. I also thrown Dirty Little Parties, just for fun.
I’m deeply into technology and it’s intersection with the arts. The ways that production and performances can be enhanced, and finding new ways of art meeting it’s audience gives me a kick.
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 core team responsible for debut tours there by Skrillex, Major Lazer, Goldie, Disclosure & Mala and programming for Viacom’s VH1 Supersonic Festival in it’s first five years.
I was the head 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.