Wednesday 22 September 2021, 7.30pm
Excited to host DJ, turntablist and 2020 Oram Award winner, NikNak, performing an improvised set on an 8 Channel surround-sound speaker setup. This will be the premier of NikNak's newest creations during the Sound Generator R&D, focusing on a futuristic surround-sound exploration into Turntablism and identity, as a young black woman starts to discover that she has superpowers.
"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
An award-winning storyteller in her own right, NikNak is devoted to developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, producer, tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter. She was one of the resident artists on Opera North's "Resonance" Programme in 2020, and is a resident artist at the University of Huddersfield // HCMF’s Sound Pioneers cohort. NikNak also became one of the winners of 2020’s Oram Awards, and made history by becoming the first Black Turntablist to win the award. She has also been one of the winners of the COVID 19 Composer Award by Sound and Music. 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.
Xana is a freestyle live loop musician, sound artist, vibrational sound designer, composer, archival audio producer, spatial installation artist, bassist and theatremaker, who deconstructs words to make improvisational performances and composes scores for spaces through Xanas genres orchestral noise and thicc bass.
Xanas improvisational techniques have made way for Xanas work to feature in projects internationally as well as UK based across theatre, film, live installations, archiving, fashion and tech festivals.
Xana blends Xanas deep love and embodiment for Caribbean folklore, magical realism and science fiction in their live sets as a channel to burn down and build anew, inventing new streams of sonic layering and inviting audiences to be a part of making protest music that leaves you shook. Xana is the instigator of Soulcase collective, a sound research, inventors and music archive label for Black African and Caribbean people who invent new forms of musical creation and software.