Undoubtedly one of the leading lights in the Drum & Bass scene, Nookie, aka Cloud Nine/Second Vision/New Balance (along with Blame), is London/Herts DJ/producer/artist/remixer Gavin Cheung.
To his credit is "Give a little love", one of the first underground rave anthems, which came out on absolute 2 records then re-released on Reinforced Records in 1993. "The sound of music", another early rave anthem from "The return of Nookie EP", also issued by Reinforced records was to catapult him into the limelight, "Snow"/"Jazzmin" on Moving Shadow, one of the first tunes to use a real jazz double bass. He was also running his own label in the early nineties (Daddy Armshouse Records) with his long-time friend Pedro, and had a number of releases to his credit.
In 1995 Nookie released his debut LP on Reinforced Records entitled ‘The Sound of Music’. This proved to be a huge success and gave Nookie a more worldwide status. He has been lucky enough through his work to travel all around the world experiencing different cultures and seeing how others perceive the sound of his music. Countries that he has visited include Germany, Italy, Japan, America, Poland, Yugoslavia, Estonia, and Spain amongst others.
He has worked with many great artists and in 1998 he got to work on his second album with one of his all time heroes Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers. This was released through Sony Records in Japan and helped him reach a wider audience within the dance music scene. Included on this album is the Ibiza/Café Del Mar classic “Paradise”.
A year on and he released his third album also through Sony Records (Japan) under his other artist name ‘Cloud Nine’. During this time he got to tour Japan to promote this album alongside MC Five Alive, Ray Keith and singer Beverley who featured on this album project with the two main tracks “Distant Affair” and “Living in a Ghetto” which was later remixed by Peshay.
His status as a remixer continues to rise, not least due to his interpretation of Goldie’s instant classic "Inner city life". Other artists to have received the Nookie remix treatment include Cutty Ranks, Flourgon & Ninjaman, Doc Scott, Omni Trio, Adam F, Ganja Crew and more recently his remix of MC Conrad's "Energetic Poetry" and The Pedge’s “What’s Up Partner?” released on Dread Recordings. DJ's who have helped promote his work over the years include Fabio, Grooverider, LTJ Bukem and Ray Keith.
In terms of Good Looking, Nookie had already had various releases under his other aliases including New Balance "Reflections" and Second Vision "The Italian job". Recently he has added multiple 12" releases, the First Light, Oceanic and Free The Funk EPs and "In@thedeepend", his massive debut album on Good Looking Records and his forth album in total. Featured on his E.P’s was the massive “Continental Drift” which was a personal favourite of LTJ Bukem.
Tracks included on "In@thedeepend" are “Innerspace”, “Dimensions of Sound” and the piano driven anthem “Natural Experience” which Good Looking records recruit Makoto has remixed. Despite these quality releases, Nookie is not resting on his laurels. He’s always looking at new ways to stretch his musical and DJ’ing talents and has already produced some House tunes for his “In@thedeepend” album.
His current projects include Strictly Digital, which is an mp3 download website featuring exclusive artist’s tunes from established and up-and-coming producers.
‘The current music market clearly shows that people are veering more to the digital form of music for their listening pleasure, it’s also very hard for new, up & coming producers to get their work heard as many labels aren’t in the position to invest money in to new artists’
In 2006 Nookie started his Phuzion Records vinyl label and this will be the main outlet for Nookie’s Drum & Bass productions. The fifth Nookie artist album is entitled ‘Beyond Blue’ and has been eagerly anticipated over the past 2 years.
Nookie also hosts his extremely successful monthly Drum & Bass events called ‘Atmosphere’ and weekly radio show on Ministry of Sound Radio to coincide with the Strictly Digital website.
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