When the Midwest rave scene exploded in the early nineties, Madison, Wisconsin’s, Nick Nice was at its forefront. Organizing some of the first U.S. events led to a stint overseas, where he became one of the first international DJs to play Moscow in 1993. These days, Nice is more focused on producing than traveling. Collaborating with the local likes of Chicago’s Brad Owen under the alias of The Regionalists led to more inspired success. Their first release, “Live Nude Rhodes” sold more than 2,000 copies on vinyl along with several remixes, including one for Amnesty International’s fortieth-anniversary CD compilation. Nice’s talent as a producer shines in the form of versatility on the decks. The fluidity of his mixes is marked with elements of funk, tech, house and jazz. While all of it simmers within his sound, not one notion defines it. Combine that with a nil cover charge, and that’s what we call nice. (Jenn Danko)
October 19 at Moonshine.