NikNak: The Oram Awards 2020
Originally hailing from London and now based in Leeds, NikNak is a music creative: A woman of many roles and talents, she has fully embraced the role of an artist with her debut album “Bashi” being released in November 2020.
As a DJ, NikNak has performed at festivals such as We Out Here, Bradford Literature Festival, Wilderness, Leeds Digital Festival, curated, performed and presented shows in BBC Radio Leeds, Worldwide FM, Subtle FM, Kmah Radio and other stations, and has supported notable artists including Children Of Zeus, Yves Tumour, Commodo, Princess Nokia, Moses Boyd, SEED Ensemble, Akala, Madlib and Grandmaster Flash. As a producer, she has worked with acts such as Maya Kally, D.Tail, Clap4Me, Mamilah and Mansion Of Snakes. Her work as a Turntablist and sound artist has led to her working with artists like Shiva Feshareki and Anna Meredith, and creating soundscape-based live improvised performances.
NikNak’s debut album “Bashi” is a sonic exploration and retelling of her time spent in Turkey in 2019. After recording the sounds, NikNak later reinterpreted them into a live improvised Turntablism performance at Leeds International Festival the same year. “Bashi” will be released on November 20th 2020.
“It’s clear NikNak is making experimental music far away from our expectations of what it should be. It mingles with other genres; it tells stories that can be personal, emotional, grounded in the real world…“ … HCMF