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Nicholas Holloway was born in Isleworth, London. He began playing records in the disco pub scene around the Old Kent Road in 1980. He first started to organise club nights, such as Special Branch in London Bridge in 1984 alongside Pete Tong and Gilles Peterson.
The promoter and DJ rose to prominence during the early stages of the house scene and who along with Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and Johnny Walker and inspired by Jazzy M who they brought those classic early US house records from brought the sound of Ibiza to London in 1987 and fused it with US house music to make a distinctive UK house vibe that changed the face of dance music.
To many he was purveyor of a rhythmless soulless UK house sub-genre of the emerging Chicago Detroit soulful deep house scene, closely associated with the drugs to get the kind of high to enjoy the buzz from the music.
Holloway (with Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Walker and Danny Rampling) was one of the “Ibiza four“, who travelled to the island for a holiday in the
summer of 1987. They visited a club called Amnesia and met an Argentine DJ called Alfredo Fiorito, who inspired them to promote Balearic beats back in the UK.
Holloway opened the club night Trip at the London Astoria in Charing Cross Road at the end of May 1988 and was one of the first legal acid house clubs. Trip changed its name to Sin, after the previous name’s close association with drug culture.
But let’s not forget the importance of his now legendary Special Branch and Doo At The Zoo parties in the mid 80s, and his roots in soul music, inspired by him first watching DJ Froggy mix two records together. Through his classic nights including Sin, Velvet Underground and his own Soho venue Milk Bar, people still talk today about Holloway’s parties, always held in unique venues, and usually featuring unusual themes. Nicky went on to tour the world as a headline DJ during the acid house movement. A true innovator.
[Words: Jay James]