Well, as promised, our latest music post (a special one at that) is dedicated to two terrific talents & two great guys to boot, Nick Tcherniak & Steve Thomas. Both have been collaborating in the studio for some time now, both occasionally perform together, but they also have individual careers spanning, collectively, over 30 years. Plus, with some amazing sets from them both at recent gigs, we wanted to share a slice of their musical magic with you, as well as give you an insight into their colourful D.J. careers.
Steve Thomas has been playing out his characteristic hard hitting house style since the early nineties, having been spotted by Laurence Malice while playing at London club Labyrinth and was immediately offered a residency at Trade where he featured virtually weekly at the famous Turnmills venue. Touring with the Trade collective around the world, the trip to South Africa being superbly documented in a televised show, Steve shared his passion for hard house with the late great Tony De Vit, with whom Steve became very close friends until Tony’s untimely death in 1998. Whilst Steve (or as he became affectionately known, “Janet”) may be best recognised for being a Trade stablemate, he has performed at other clubs including, Cream, Sundissential & Ministry of Sound, but with guest spots across the world, Hong, Australia, Canada & the US, being regular visits, he is also well known for his residency at Twilo in New York, alongside Danny Teneglia, as well as the massive club brand DTPM in London. Other career highlights include development of the Tripoli Trax & Tinrub Recordings record labels and appearances on Kiss FM & Radio 1, making for one of the most sparkling CV’s in the business.
Nick Tcherniak was a little later to the game than Steve, but has an equally glittering career of hard edged house music for close on 10 years, with appearances at some of the biggest clubs around the globe, including Paradise Factory in Manchester, Fabric, Heaven, The End, The Egg & Fire in London, Queen in Paris & Los Angeles, La Chapelle in Lyon, & Propaganda in Moscow, as well as other European city club venue guest spots, making him truly international. Early in his career Nick balanced his D.J. career with a job at one of London’s best & longest running record stores, City Sounds, but when he secured praiseworthy weekly residencies at DTPM (where he cemented his friendship with Steve) & Fiction, he concentrated on D.J’ing and then producing music, which followed with acclaimed partnerships with D.J. producer Pagano at Heaven & Jason Gardiner, under the guise of “White Knights”. More recently Nick’s connections with Trade are most notable, but he regularly appears at the very popular Barcode Vauxhall & at smash Spanish club SuperMartXe. But it doesn’t stop there, as he tirelessly works in the recording studio as well as appearing on his regular weekly radio show at Push FM.
The partnership between Nick & Steve is a match made in heaven, as Steve’s Hard and US influenced house works extremely well with Nick’s sounds of tech, progressive & electro house, whether it be in the recording studio or live at clubs, spectacular back to back sets at Trade/Orange on August Bank Holiday Monday & at the massive 19th Birthday party this year being testament to their amazing collaboration. Previous joint track releases “Neva”, available on Axis Trax and “Believe” featuring artist Nathan James released on Filthy Groovin records, have both received major airplay on the radio & across many dancefloors as well as being part of D.J’s playlists. With Nick popping over to Spain, where Steve now lives, from time to time (and Steve to London), their latest track release, entitled “Ven Conmigo” featuring artist “S-J” is another great example of their joint efforts, which has attracted a huge amount of attention, already having been given different styles of remixing treatment, minimal by Lady Bianca, progressive by Steven Redant as well as both tech and tribal by the duo of Steve & Nick. All versions are available through online store Beatport and are well worth adding to your collection. The link is http://beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/193719/ven_conmigo#app=34e28a486-index=o. Their next collaborative track is already in the making and will also feature “S-J” and is titled “Control” which is due for full release on “Rogue Industry” (a new sub label of the well known “Champion” records – of Robin S’s “Show Me Love” & Faithless’ “Insomnia” fame) in the second week of March next year, which will be getting the full “Champion” campaign exposure and we will be the first to give you more details as they break.
Now, if you missed out on Steve’s awesome set at DTPM’s “The Bitch Is Back” party on 15th Nov (review extract – “Everyone was soaking up the octane fuelled, upbeat, hard house tinged yet adoring string of tunes Steve was putting together, which took us back to all those heady days of sets of his at Trade, of-course at the DT of old, but with a definite vein of newness running through it all, absolutely stupendous”) or Nick’s amazing performance at SuperMartXe’s 1st Anniversary party on Sat 28th Nov (review extract – “but when Nick Tcherniak took to the decks, we were going nowhere and found our stride dancing away deliriously to his incredible progressive, tech & electro beats that had a packed Coronet going wild, not least when he played a fab remix of the Frankie Goes to Hollywood classic “Relax”, pure magic!”), then you can catch Nick on the decks throughout December, including at Orange/Trade’s “The Magic of Christmas Night” and Steve, who fly’s in from Spain for DTPM’s “NYD 2010” party. There may also be a possible & exciting joint b2b appearance at Matinee in February (more news of that soon).
A final mention goes to Nick’s latest autumn podcast, which is a superb mix journey of underground house moving onwards & upwards to tech & upbeat tracks that had our feet tapping & hearts pumping as soon as we heard it. Recorded from a live D.J. set, the upbeat tinges will definitely appeal and features samples from “The Black Eyed Peas” & “Sander Kleinberg”, with the Tcherniak & Thomas track “Van Conmigo” (featured above) finishing off a magnificent 80 minutes of music. And in the inimitable words of its maker, “this is one not for chilling out, but more for getting up and getting down!” – we love it!!! Go to http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com, and click to play or download to your complete satisfaction.
Well, that’s our special post up and we hope you enjoy our music choices here, but stay tuned for up-coming coverage of yet another release compilation by Brent Nicholls and a mix from Gabriele Cutrano who will be headlining at the forthcoming “Lovechild” party on 12th December.
In the meantime, don't forget that a wide choice of your favourite D.J's music can be found at http://seenqueen.com/music & as we say more & more, “let the music play”