Nicky Blackmarket is a gent who has been a permanent fixture in the U.K DJ landscape for over 30 years. He is the trusted name in drum & Bass who not only brought the music to the people in the clubs of England, but he introduced it for the first time to a huge majority of people in both international travelling, but in the form of the iconic Jungle & Drum & Bass record store Blackmarket Records in Soho.


KILLA KELA: As a Drum and Bass Dj, you work rate is insane. You’ve done 4-5 gigs a night! How much do you think ahead about the dynamics of each set? You must have some sort of formula.

NICKY BLACKMARKET:  It really depends on like what kind of thing it is and who I’m playing to. Some of them I might go in blind and it’s a lot like freestyling. When I’m doing a collab like the 360s its more structured.

KILLA KELA: How do you psych yourself up to to do that kind of journey and have multiple gigs? 

NICKY BLACKMARKET:  I really love what I do. I’m leaving the dream. That keeps me going.



KILLA KELA: Blackmarket Records in Soho was such a flagship to London Music Scene. Tell Me about what it was like running the shop? What do miss the most about it?

NICKY BLACKMARKET:   I had to shop for nearly nearly 24 years.  I’d be lying to say if i if i didn’t miss it now. I loved the day-to-day run-ins. back then was it was crazy. We use to get stuff before anyone else did.

KILLA KELA:  I remember walking into the shop, and it always had this vibe of like you’re there for busines. You’re there to hear the best music.

NICKY BLACKMARKET:  Yeah, I mean that’s what we wanted to do, sort everybody out. Some people would come in from the other side of the country or even the other side of the world. And they would always leave with a big stack of records. 

KILLA KELA:  This is testament to to your character and levels of drive,  because you were djing as well as running the shop, correct?

NICKY BLACKMARKET: I might run the shop, do three parties at night, not even go to sleep just go home have a shower and then go back in the shop work all day and then do the same again that next night. There ain’t no time for drinking, smoking or doing anything else because you ain’t got no time to do that. the music was driving me big time and it kept me going 

KILLA KELA:  What was the cut-off point once you’ve once you’ve finished with the shop? why did it close down?

NICKY BLACKMARKET: I actually of there about a year and a bit before it closed down so I mean look all good things come to an end. the vinyls weren’t selling really anymore, everything started to turn digital that was really hard for me. 


KILLA KELA: What would say is the secret to your success and drive?

NICKY BLACKMARKET: You have to be is positive, you have to be and believe in yourself. 

The biggest piece of advice I give is, you might not make it in the genre of music that you’re in right now but you might become a pioneer of something else that you go and help create.

My biggest reward is helping people and this goes back to even from when I used to be in the shop, people coming and you point them in the right direction, contribute a little bit to who they are or what they listening to. That’s the biggest boost for me.