In 1989 Nipper toured with rap star Big Daddy Kane as one of his support DJs. Further offers of DJ support came from The Shamen, 808 State & The Bassheads. In the early nineties he released a white label under the moniker of The Kid Unknown, an electronic breakbeat masterpiece called ‘Nightmare’, which would later be picked up by the Sheffield label Warp. ‘Devastating Beat Creator’ followed.
Then it happened. As the club scene began to evolve into this little gift box called commercialism, Nipper, with the whole world in the palm of his hand, went AWOL things had also started to change within the scene as a result of the growing popularity and the commercialisation of the parties. He sold his car and some equipment and went to Thailand with his girlfriend. Late 1994 Nipper arrived back in Manchester and started playing in various clubs.
However this is a DJ who cites his influences as hip hop and electro masters Funkmaster Flex, Grand Master Flash and Cash Money, therefore it was almost inevitable that he would return to his roots. In 1996 he signed to Polydor’s newly revamped Hi-Life label on the strength of a tentative demo tape, that was given a full release earlier this year as ‘Dope On Wax’. This sample laden, electro influenced, breakbeat stomper is perhaps Hi Life’s acknowledgement of the much touted return to the ‘Old Skool’. A vibe that is currently filling clubs across London, and looks set to explode provincially.