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Offical Nancie & more tbc
For the last twenty years, thousands of knowledgeable clubbers, over ten different countries, hundreds of the world’s highest profile club nights and over 100 gigs have all been subject to the trailblazing tech and electro house talent that is Howard Donald. He is one of the founders of the DJ band Sonic Headz along with his friends King Brain and Bart Van Der Zwaan, and now commands huge audiences at underground clubs across continental Europe.
Mixing with CDJs, he relies on his acute ear for a tune to build tension and involve the crowd, letting each track do the talking rather than skewing it out of proportion. And it works
Also known the world over for his part in one of the biggest bands there ever was, Take That. But, what you didn’t know, is that Howard’s submersion in the music world begun somewhere quite different, before all that.
By then, he was already known to jump any party – just to play behind the decks and get people dancing – and known as someone passionate about music. Even when trotting the globe throughout the nineties, he was never far from a set of decks – keen to do what he loved and get mixing. One thing is for sure: it’s been harder for Howard to earn his stripes as a DJ than for an unknown.
The understandable preconceptions that surround a perennial chart topper-turned-DJ mean Howard has had to stand head and shoulders above the rest. And he has. There’s no other way to explain him earning sets at no nonsense clubs like Judge Jules’ [Radio 1] Judgment Sundays in Ibiza, or slots at underground clubs like Newcastle’s Digital, or Sheffield’s The Plug. Further afield he’s conducted parties from the booths of venues like Pacha – Munich, Beluga – Austria and Liquid – Switzerland to name a few. It’s safe to say, then, that Howard is taken seriously, and rightly so.
Like all true modern DJs, Howard is also keen in the studio. 2008 saw him release ‘Going Home’ and he continues to work on other production projects, all of which are informed by his experiences playing to wisedup dance floors across the clubbing sphere. Those dance floors get swept away amongst the underground electro waves, and the slices of tech house, Howard expertly weaves. He keeps the energy of a floor high by building up and dropping all the right sounds, at all the right times. His keen ear picks him out the hottest releases from the dance scene du jour, takes in twisted electro and pulsing 4/4, all whilst steering him clear of commercial predictability.
Howard Donald is back to doing what he loves best; something he’s always wanted to do, and it shows. He’s right to be able to stand proud in dance music hotspots like London’s Ministry of Sound or Pacha, Birmingham’s Gatecrasher or Ireland’s Lush. He’s a DJ with proven credentials and limitless energy, and one you’d be wise to check him out!
In such a saturated market there really is no other option but to bring more to the table than your adversaries and Official Nancie does just that. By the truckload. Locking in a combination of live vocals, flawless mixing and a certain je ne sais quoi, Official Nancie has been bringing fire to the airwaves for Capital FM and dance floors from Dubai to Marbella. Her distinctive blend of house music beats and live PA’s that will see her introduce a saxophone to future performances, makes Nancie different to any other DJ and has her pegged by many as Birmingham’s hottest export. Since a young age, Official Nancie’s world has revolved around music. Growing up in a musical family inspired her to pursue her dream of becoming a DJ. From being a BritYouth pupil at the age of 11, to spreading her wings and finding her voice as a recording artiste at Rich Bitch studios, the now 21-year-old talent, is climbing the ladder whilst carving a name for herself as a respected female DJ along the way.
A whirlwind of a year has seen the fresh, young DJ and producer put out track after track. Her most recent releases have been: ‘Where The Love Lies (Orginial Mix) – Ali Emm, Kamikarzy & Official Nancie which featured on the 2015 Capital FM clothing range advert that was remixed by Scott Gascoigne and Nova Music, ‘Meet With You’ – Official Nancie & Josh Smith released by Loin Records and ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ – Tom Bull & Official Nancie by Nu Wave Records which had early support from Disclosure, B-traits and TS7 and it doesn’t stop there… The Squatters will also be working in the studio with Official Nancie, so keep your eyes peeled and watch this space for an exciting new track yet to drop!
Her live performances truly offer an unparalleled style in delivery when she’s behind the decks. The intensity she radiates when performing infused with her crowd-pleasing track selection goes hand in hand to create the perfect recipe for a night to remember.
2015 has already been a big year for Nancie and she intends to see it out in the same fashion. With tour dates lined up for the UK such as Cream Birmingham’s 9th Year Anniversary and Rock The Boat II in Dubai, there really is nothing stopping Official Nancie on her road to success.
Official Nancie is fast becoming a force to be reckoned and the ripples of her impact are being felt across the globe.