From the man who mixed the inaugural volume of the seminal ‘Journeys By DJs” series, gaining him entry into the Guinness book of records for being the first DJ to produce a commercially available mix CD, we still find Mr. Nasty at the helm, box of records at his feet, doing what he has done best for the last quarter of a century.
From early beginnings playing rare groove and funk to his first forays into acid house during his residency at London’s The Brain Club, to regular slots at seminal London clubs including Final Frontier, Open All Hours and The Drum Club, to having played pretty much every festival and club worth mentioning ever since, his 25 years at the top have been relentless.
But he’s never been just a DJ, he’s also enjoyed an extensive recording career and runs two labels, Tortured and Electrix both of which are highly regarded by DJs and record collectors alike. In 2006 releases halted, but in 2013 these legendary techno and electro imprints were relaunched to critical acclaim.
Billy’s maintained a strong production presence over the years. His first releases were under the alias Shi-Take (with Dave Wesson) and Vinyl Blair (with Chemical Brothers engineer Steve Dub), then came his studio collaborations with Gregor Tresher and Anthony Rother on Datapunk, culminating in his current partnership with Keith Tenniswood aka Radioactive Man as RadioNasty.
The relaunched Tortured debut release was by RadioNasty (amazing Ben Simms remixes included) and Eps soon followed from Paul Mac, Mark Broom and Ritzi Lee. Electrix has also gone from strength to strength with amazing releases from Carl Finlow, Sync24, dynArec & Fleck ESC, all of whom played the Electrix Records Showcase that Billy curated at the Bloc 2015 festival, exhibiting the labels futuristic electro sounds.
Billy continues to travel the world as one of the most in-demand DJs, lighting up dance floors at some of the most prestigious events and infamous clubs across the globe whilst also maintaining a residency with esteemed electronic pioneers BLOC. His musical style has always looked ahead and embraced the future ……….. The future’s bright, the future’s looking Nasty.