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Nick Halkes interviewed by Lenny Fontana for True House Stories™ # 059

Part 1
Nick Halkes, if anyone has the luck of the Irish or just making the right decisions, this man made his way from listening to disco music as a teen to becoming such an important part of the music industry.  Listen to him explain how his phone call to WBLS changes it all.

Part 2
Nick Halkes in this part explains his beginnings from visiting the Paradise Garage in 1987 to his internship at WBLS in New York under the program director BJ Kirkland. He learns the radio business as an intern and moves his way to his first job at Easy Street Records and all the way to Founding XL Recordings.

His journey leads him to EMI’s Positiva Records and then to management and publishing. Listen carefully he shares inside secrets that we can all use as a DJ, Manager, A&R and Producer. He is one of the best in the dance music.

Nick Halkes YouTube Video Part 1

Nick Halkes YouTube Video Part 2

Nick Halkes

Biography Nick Halkes

Nick Halkes (born Nigel Halkes) is a UK based music industry executive best known for signing a breaking dance act the Prodigy and being one of the founders of the XL Recordings label. He is now an artist manager and music publisher managing Liam Howlett (the Prodigy), Bad Company UK and more. Halkes previously managed Grammy nominated Engine-EarZ Experiment, DJ Fresh and Stanton Warriors.

Over recent years as a manager Halkes has also worked with DJ René LaVice. He is also a part time lecturer on the music industry at the prestigious University of Westminster. Currently he does guest lectures at a variety of UK educational institutions including Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (London), London College of Creative Media (London), Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies (Nottingham), Tileyard Education (London), Notting Hill Academy of Music (London), Birmingham City University, Point Blank (London), BIMM (Brighton and Bristol) and more.

He runs the Reach Up club night and radio show with a partner Andy Smith, Crissy Kybosh is no longer involved in Reach Up. As DJ/producer “Nick Reach Up” he has officially remixed Kylie single Magic, Mel C, Degrees of Motion, Xpansions – “Move Your Body” and many more. Nick has played multiple festivals including Bestival, Shindig, Eastern Electrics, Beautiful Days, Bluedot and more.

Source: Wikipedia