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Interview with Grant Nelson
Interview with Headliner Grant Nelson

Grant Nelson is one of the UK's Godfathers of House Music and Garage. He's produced some of the biggest anthems in its history and has been the inspiration for many of today's young crops and DJ and producing talent. Whether you know him as Grant, Wishdokta, Mr Swing City Records, Bump & Flex, M-Gee or WHOEVER – he has undoubtedly produced or remixed a track that you've danced to - and lost your mind to - in your lifetime. Shiva resident DJ and interviewer, Muzz Khan, pinned him down to talk about iPads, fetish nights, Bitcoin and Grange Hill.

S: As it's our 10th birthday, what sort of present would you get us? Bearing in mind that we ARE, you know, 10-years-old.....?!
GN: Hmmm... I’m not sure. What I DO know is that you aren’t gonna be getting a mobile phone or an iPad until you’re at least 30 and have left home!

S: What's the weirdest thing you've seen or heard in a nightclub?
GN: In truth, the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard can’t be repeated in public. Let’s just say it involved a fetish night and multiple enemas.

S: Our 10th birthday bash falls on April Fool's Day. What's the biggest A.F prank you've ever played or fallen for?
GN: Back in the 90s, I convinced everybody on the Uptown Records forum that I used to be Roland in Grange Hill. Every now and again I bump into somebody that still believes it! Haha!

S: What can the crowd expect of you at Shiva's 10th birthday bash at Lightbox/Protocol?
GN: Plenty of ruffness with a sprinkling of my own personal re-twists of classics that they won’t hear anywhere else.

S: If there's one thing you could change about the world, what would it be?
GN: Slow down the hands of time. As the mighty Ferris Bueller once said: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't slow down and look around, you might miss it."

S: What upcoming releases can we look forward to from you? And in addition to that, any exciting new collaborations?
GN: Plenty of remixes, both as Grant Nelson and Bump & Flex, a couple of collabs - no details - that would spoil the fun and one or two undercover projects (that you will never know is actually me). Also, Volume Four of my Studio Essentials sample library for Producers is on its way too. It will be a big year for my online radio station D3EP Radio Network ( as we roll out some exciting new features and aspects of the platform.

S: What's the biggest track in your box right now and why?
GN: It changes from gig to gig. Wouldn’t be fair to crown any single record as the biggest right now.

S: 10 years ago you played at our launch. We're glad to see you managed to stick it out in this industry! Haha! How would you compare the scene back in 2007 to how it is now?
GN: It really doesn’t seem like 10 years ago; time has flown. I think the biggest difference for me is that the music is so much better now in 2017 than it was in 2007. The newer stuff is a lot more varied now than it was back then.

S: Most of use pounds, some use Euros. But you have a penchant for Bitcoin. For the uninitiated of us, could you explain what it's all about and why you think it's a game changer?
GN: There isn’t enough space for me to go into any detail about it here, but I will be posting a blog article about Bitcoin on soon which will cover it in depth. But I will say, for those that still may have never heard of it, or are unsure what it is, you really should look into it. I firmly believe it’s here to stay and will play a major role in the future of currency, and for those that still doubt its validity, I write this the very morning after BTC hit a record breaking high of $1200. Yep, 1 Bitcoin will cost you $1200 right now! Don’t sleep on it.....

S: You've remixed far too many house and garage classics in your illustrious career, if you could pick a favourite or the one you had the most joy working on, what would it be and why?
GN: I always answer Frankie Knuckles “Walkin’” to this question so to offer something different I’ll go with Jamiroquai “Runaway”. Working on a band/artist that you really love is both exciting and daunting at the same time. You really want to start fiddling but you don’t want to break it. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this one and I was really pleased with how it came out.

Words by: Muzz Khan