Bashi, meaning “peace” in Turkish, is a collection of sounds recorded in Turkey, then later manipulated live in 2019 via Turntablism improvisation.
By combining dub delays & echoes, complex Turntablism techniques and original soundscape material, NikNak passionately retells her experiences in Turkey through 10 tracks of immersive ambient sound.
Resident Advisor review :
"On her debut album, the Leeds turntablist chops up field recordings captured in Turkey.
Bashi is the debut album from NikNak, a DJ, producer and turntablist based in Leeds. Bashi, which is Turkish for "peace," is a collection of tunes built from field recordings captured in Turkey, which were then manipulated live using turntablism improvisation. The result is an ambient album that pays homage to the concept of peace in various ways, perhaps functioning as an illustration of what peace might sound like to NikNak. With these soft and tranquil sounds, she has created an immersive world that also works to focus the mind.
The term "peace" is thought of as a state of being free, able to experience pure calmness. There is an infectiously soothing energy running through Bashi, thanks to the way NikNak alters the environmental samples, such as the dynamic range of the raindrops in "Compass" and the intentional breaks in the background waves in "Punch." The album's fresh atmosphere makes the listener conscious of their surroundings, changing the way in which people might process simple sounds encountered in everyday life. The second half of the album sees NikNak using vocals from children, potentially reflecting peace as a reminder of the innocence often associated with youth. "Finale" consists of intriguing sounds that absorb your attention, combined with frequent hollow spaces and reverb effects that allow this sustained attention to linger further."
An award-winning storyteller in her own right, Nicole is devoted to developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, producer, tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter. 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. Based in the UK, you’ll find Nicole digging for vinyl or comic books, gigging in and around Leeds, experimenting and sharing her music tastes to diverse audiences, delivering engaging sessions with students to develop their DJ skills, and running/curating events such as "Dub Sirens" and "Melanin".
Nicole has also performed at festivals such as Wilderness Festival with Live Art Bistro, Handmade Festival, Chin Up Festival, We Out Here Festival, Leeds International Festival, World Island Festival, Algorave Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival with House of Verse, Leeds Digital Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Marsden Jazz Festival and Tor Fest.
To date, she has supported DJ Format, Jon 1st, Akala, Chynna, MJ Cole, Dan Kye, Bradley Zero, Cakes Da Killa, Grandmaster Flash (twice), SEED Ensemble, Madlib, Lady Leshurr, Saul Williams, King Midas Sound, LayFullStop, Children of Zeus, Awate, TY, Project Hilts, Lowkey, Moses Boyd, Necktr, Commodo, Object Blue, Bambooman, Boe&LX, Pye Corner Audio, Tommy Cash, Yves Tumor, Karnage Kills, and Princess Nokia.
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.
Currently, Nicole can be found gigging in West Yorkshire solo and as a part of two bands: The Belgrave House Band and TC and the Groove Family. She has also presented on radio stations such as Demon FM, Sable Radio, Worldwide FM and Balamii, BBC Radio Leeds and KMAH Radio.