Nookie biography

Last update: 2008-07-16 14:05:26

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.

Already into pirate radio, electro and hip hop, as well as jazz funk, while still a school boy, Gavin served his musical apprenticeship working in Soho's Red Records (which later became Unity Records). Not only did he get to meet many important people in the industry, but managed to establish himself as a reputable DJ.

After producing a few bedroom mixes/demos for his hip-hop group 'Illegal Pressure', Gavin went on to study computer technology at college. "I've always been quite a technically minded person and my time in college helped me understand more the computer aided side of things, that has definitely helped me with my music production". He then spent many years building and setting up his own home studio. Citing many musical influences he says:
"Personally, I'm into good music full stop, whether it be hip-hop, soul, house etc. Music is about feeling and I try to reflect that in my music, be it when I'm playing out or in the studio, in my opinion there's only two types of music, good and bad".

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 world-wide 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/Cafe 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.

Nookie has also been engineering for Ray Keith for over ten years and has helped him with such classics as Renegade "Terrorist" and Ray's many album projects amongst others.

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 new 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 fifth album will include more House and Down Beat tunes as well as his usual dose of quality Drum & Bass.

"Artists that I rate have to include anyone with the persistence and determination to have a go and experiment with different sounds and not to just bite other peoples creations to make a few dollars, after all that is why I started to make music, to interpret what is going on inside my head into others through the use of sound".

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