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I, Nickodemus

Author: Carlisle Rogers
Monday, 18 February 2008

Bringing turntables on the harbour to Sydney for the first time, NewYork’s Nickodemus says it’s all about commitment. Oh, and his dirtyLatin tunes are as funky as anything that’s come out of that town sinceFania started dropping records. All this, of course, was revealed in anundisclosed location at an unknown time to 3D’s Carlisle Rogers. Wehave proof.

“People who are there want to be there and they want to make the bestof it and have a good time,” he says of his already famous Turntableson the Hudson. “The doors close when the boat sets sail and there’s noroom for flakiness. In New York there are so many things going on andyou can go for one drink at one place and literally two seconds lateryou’re across the street at another place and then down to anotherspot, so this really gives you the full experience in one spot for anumber of hours. It’s also in the daytime and it’s also in the summer,so you have a combination of indoor/outdoor.

“I can go as wild as I want on the boat, or get funky, and that’salways the most fun. It’s not as interesting to just keep it steady. Iplay a lot of stuff form all over the place, from Quantic, SUMO and alldifferent styles.  I play everything from downtempo, Latin, funk tohouse. It goes all over the place, but depending on the event I like tokeep it versatile and I like to do themes. I’m going to do an Africa vsArabia theme in LA next week and then the next day in Vegas I’m doing astrictly rare groove 45s set. And then the next day I’m doing astrictly house/uptempo set. It’s fun to be able to have all differentkinds of styles so I don’t get bored either.”

The original Turntables on the Hudson began with a unique space calledThe Frying Pan in 1996, Nickodemus says, where he was scouting for anunderground event.

“I was looking for really interesting locations and The Frying Pan wasa really old boat from the 1920s that didn’t leave the dock,” he says.“They restored it and brought it up from the Chesapeake Bay inMaryland. We started doing events in there and soon enough it becameTurntables on the Hudson. And then from there we started doing boatcruises sort of sporadically when The Frying Pan got closed downbecause it got closed down very often.”

Nickodemus’ latest album length project, Endangered Species, is just as varied as his sets, and soaked in musicianship.

“Over the years, I’ve worked with a lot of musicians in New York andall over the world, so there is a lot of live instrumentation on thealbum,” he says. “And then I go in, cut it up, edit it, arrange it, andloop it up. Sometimes out of a session I’ll get one bar and them somesessions I’ll get a whole solo.
“A lot of times I already have ideas mapped out. I’ll already have agroove or a key, an idea, but then a lot of times I leave it up to thesoloist to show me what they are feeling. I love that extra input andbeing able to see it in a different way. And they trust that I will dothe right thing with it when I go in and mess with it, so it’s allgood.”

WHO: Nickodemus
WHAT: Plays Turntables on the Harbour, Sydney Harbour
WHEN: Saturday 23 February