Feb 11, 2015
Gangstercast 53 comes from Toronto-based DJ/producer ‘Nitin’.
Nitin has worn many hats in dance music. Promoter, Label Owner, Record storeowner, producer but first and foremost, a DJ. Beginning his career in London, Ontario, Canada, he was one of the founding fathers of the electronic music scene in the city. If you lived in the London Ontario area between the years of 1994 & 2005, you would have heard the mixes, stepped foot in the events, and listened to the music that Nitin enlightened the city with.
Nitin’s love affair with music began at an early age. His initial musical spectrum included Hip Hop, early Electro and New Wave. It wasn’t long before the radio waves of Detroit caught his ears; and he was hooked. It was clear that Techno & Tech House was the platform, and a direction was chosen. It wasn’t long before he also became (now long time) friends with another London Ontario native, John Acquaviva, who opened him up to a plethora of music and knowledge.
In 2005 Nitin made the decision to migrate to Canada’s musical hub, Toronto, where he joined the newly launched Gem Events team, and began to hypnotize the city with an onslaught of tailored events ranging from underground warehouse & afterhours parties, all-sized nightclub events, up to 10,000 plus concerts & festivals across the Americas.
Nitin’s DJ career has spanned over 15 years having played from Coast to Coast across Canada, down to Ultra Music Festival, WMC, Miami, and The BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and across the oceans to the UK. Along with festivals, Nitins enjoyed the privilege of spinning at a few notable venues including BLK|Markett in Brooklyn and the Standard Rooftop in LA.
Playing alongside many of the world’s Top DJ’s, Nitin regularly shares the decks with the likes of M.A.ND.Y, Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Audiofly, Art Department, Tale of Us, Dennis Ferrer, to name a few. Being referred to as “One of the most technically gifted DJ’s around” it’s evident that Nitin is here to stay.
Fast forward to now, and Nitin has built a respected name for himself. He’s a player in the recent explosion of Toronto artists on the word stage.
In 2008 launched the well-respected No.19 Music with Label Partners Jonny White. Already the label has released originals and remixes from Legends DJ Sneak, Stacey Pullen, Justin Drake, Osunlade, Maceo Plex, Art Department, Jamie Jones, Soul Clap, and many more. The No.19 brand has played a significant role in the formation of a new wave of dance music and their masters.
To Nitin, As a Dj , the house gangster movement “means playing real underground house music - anything deep, tech-y, soulful, or jackin fits the brand in my opinion.”
We asked Nitin what House music meant to him, to which he replied; “It’s my passion and my job. I feel very fortunate to be doing this. I can't imagine my life without it.”
In telling us how he chose the tracks in compiling this mix, he says “Lots of digging before the gig with some new and unreleased stuff for good measure. I never plan sets but I definitely found some jams to play that I hadn't played in a while.”
This mix in which Nitin provides us with for Gangstercast 53 was recorded live in Ibiza at the Underground club, our closing party featuring Tuccillo, Nitin, and Sneak playing back to back with Martinez Brothers; for what was an incredible night!
When asked how this mix represents him as an artist, Nitin explains, “This is a good cross section of the music I like to play in a set. A mix between new and old house and techno. Definitely more on the house-y side on this mix.”
Nitin gives a final special mention about this mix, saying “I was very honoured when Sneak asked me to play his closing party at Ibiza Underground. The vibe was really raw all night. It was definitely one of the highlights of last summer.”