Behind the Decks: Boy Nukem
By James Brown.
Each week we get behind the decks with the very best resident DJs from across the Manchester club scene, chatting about the newest releases, the best clubs and the picks of the month. This Thursday marks one year in Manchester for Coded Rhythm, and they prepare to celebrate with non other than Karma Kid and Armeria bringing the balls-to-the-wall beats and bass in the much loved, bare brick, under-the-floorboards basement battleground known as Joshua Brooks. We love birthdays and we love Coded Rhythm, so we decided to get behind the decks with Coded Rhythm resident and bass brandishing beast, Boy Nukem.
Name: Boy Nukem
Club Night: Coded Rhythm
What do you love most about the clubbing scene in Manchester?
I have to apologise for the massive, old cliché, but it's definitely the people. I don't know of any other city that constantly loves to get right on it. It could be a Monday night and you'd still wind up back at some random's house smashing it until Tuesday afternoon.
What makes Manchester so important to the UK club scene?
It's the damn hard working promoters putting on the best acts from all over the world. It's a testament to the place when week in, week out you've got clubbers from the entire country, even the continent, coming to your city trusting that you're gonna show them a good time.
What's one of the best club nights you have ever been to in Manchester?
The best ones are the ones you can hardly remember, or print for that matter haha. One that does stick in the mind though is when Open Plan put on Bassnectar back in 2010. The guy had been selling out 20,000 seater stadiums in the US and he came to the Retro Bar basement on a grim November Wednesday night. There must've only been about 60 people there but it felt like 600. Unreal night. Ended up nearly getting sacked after missing the following two days in work. Definitely worth it.
Favourite place to party in Manchester?
Band on the Wall. There's something hugely satisfying about being able to drink a pint of Hydes to the sounds of the Soul:ution crew.
Favourite Manchester bar for pre-club drinks?
It's difficult to pick just one. Fringe and Common are definitely up there though. They know their drinks, and they're not a rip off.
What's your favourite tune of all time to hear in a club?
Bassbin Twins - Woppa - still gives me shivers 6 years on.
If you could throw a club night with any two DJs going back to back in your own living room for 20 of your mates, who would you choose?
Space Dimension Controller and Modeselektor. I will have that party one day.
Pick of the month?
Track: Trikk - Downer (Proper DARK)
Clubnight: Selective Hearing's dutty secret warehouse party with Tom Demac, Basic Soul Unit and a few other selectahs.
Finally, if you could choose one club in the world to go to for the rest of your life, which would it be?
The old Phoenix on Oxford Road. I like my clubs to mirror my general state on a night out - sweaty, dirty and pumping. The Phoenix was like a window into my soul. Home to the best night ever, Tangled.