NikNak (Nicole Raymond) is a DJ & turntablist who specialises in playing eclectic styles of music. Before becoming a DJ, NikNak primarily worked as a music producer previously named SinSam, and occasionally dabbles in production whenever she can. NikNak is also a qualified live and studio sound engineer.
A woman with a highly impressive array of talents and skills, and a dynamic music creative with experimental albums and tracks/remixes on Come Play With Me, Kynant Records, OTONO, Reel Long Overdub under her belt, NikNak regularly redefines and expands upon her role as a ground-breaking multidisciplinary artist. Her debut album Bashi received acclaim from Resident Advisor, listed as one of their Best Albums of January 2021 as well as airplay on BBC Radio 3, Worldwide FM and Threads Radio.
Previously mentored by Shiva Feshareki, Anna Meredith and Supriya Nagaranjan, NikNak became the first Black Turntablist in history to win the illustrious Oram Award in 2020, has been featured in well renowned publications such as Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Yorkshire Evening Post, Electronic Sound Mag, and DJ Mag, and received support from Arts Council, Brighter Sound, Launchpad, Sound UK, Sound and Music, and PRS Foundation.
NikNak has also played with/supported iconic artists/DJs such as Mr Scruff, Madlib, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Akala, Grandmaster Flash, Bradley Zero, Dan Kye, Princess Nokia, Commodo, MJ Cole, Chynna, CocoMarie and more, as well as appearing on the popular Telekom Electronic Beats youtube video alongside Mala, Caspa, Joker, Ila Brugel and Martyn 3024, showcasing her ever-expanding knowledge of early 2000s Dubstep history. Within the realm of radio, NikNak is well-versed as both a presenter and producer with her monthly show "Melanin" on Worldwide FM, showcasing many interpretations of Black music. Previously, she's also cut her teeth on popular stations such as BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio 1, Refuge Worldwide with her ambient/experimental show "Dystopia", Subtle FM, Swu.FM, Threads Radio, Narr Radio, Jazz FM and Demon FM.