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Talking Trailblazers: XL founder Nick Halkes and producer Eddy Temple-Morris

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START DATE 23 February 2016
START TIME 06:15pm

Concert Room, Grove B building, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

Julia Haferkorn chairs a talk with Producer/Presenter Eddy Temple Morris and XL Recordings founder Nick Halkes

This year sees the launch of Trailblazers, a new radio show/podcast and YouTube series presented by Eddy Temple Morris and Nick Halkes. It will feature discussion with leading figures from the dance and electronic music scene and broadcast the music that has been significant in their lives and careers.

To mark this, Eddy and Nick join us to talk through Nick's own trailblazing 25-plus-year career in the dance/electronic music industry.

Nick Halkes

Nick is one of the founders of XL Recordings and was the man who signed The Prodigy. Maintaining a remarkable relationship with Prodigy noise-maker Liam Howlett, Nick manages him today—decades and millions of records later. As a co-writer, Nick contributed to the title track of the 1.4 million selling album Invaders Must Die and three tracks on the current Prodigy album The Day Is My Enemy.

Leaving XL to become a Director at EMI at the age of 25, he launched Positiva and signed era-defining anthems through the 1990s with acts such as Reel to Real, Bucketheads and Alice Deejay before launching his Incentive start-up.

That brought more hits, from Joey Negro to Cascada. Nick has had Top 10 success as an artist himself, co-produced a Wiley record, had collaborative singles with Adam F and Shadow Child, DJed from Wembley Arena to Sydney via Tokyo, enjoyed success as a music publisher, and managed Dubstep pioneer Caspa as the genre exploded out of the London underground and onto the world stage.

For fun these days, alongside his growing management and publishing roster, he also runs a roving disco/boogie/early house club night called Reach Up, which has curated stages at Bestival and Space in Ibiza—coincidentally a venue where he sold smiley t-shirts that he had printed while spending the summer of 1988 working there.

Eddy Temple-Morris

Eddy Temple-Morris is currently producer/presenter of The Remix on Soho Radio, presenter of Mobil One The Grid on Channel 4, host and programmer of The Psychedelia Smithsonian tent at Secret Garden Party, consultant to ad agencies, bands, brands and charities, Chair of the Music Board of male suicide charity C.A.L.M. and Ambassador for the British Tinnitus Association.

Eddy's DJ sets are as eclectic as his life, and he plays bass for and composes with the Berlin-based band Losers, whose music has been used by Game Of Thrones, CSI, Reign, Chuck, Bones, The Happening and the London Olympics to name a few. 

He has many strings to his bow, having to date: produced and presented The Remix on XFM for 15 years; conceived and produced the pilot for Scroobius Pip's Sony Award-winning XFM show; was one of the launch presenters of MTV UK; produced Radio One's multi award winning "Anti-jingle package" (Promax Gold Award); presented and co-produced This Way Up on ITV1 Wales; co-presented Takeover TV on Channel 4, and; wrote the first ever Thai menu for Deliverance.

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