Nerm is a DJ, broadcaster, festival curator in music and film. Born in Birmingham, as a child he edited together cut up cassette tapes to make his first “mixes”. At age 16 he started DJing and made a transition from cassettes to vinyls. His first residency was at the legendary Ministry of Sound in Birmingham. Initially associated with the Asian Underground movement, then drum & bass, he is now a proponent of alternative and electronic music and curates festivals, radio shows, clubnights and soundtracks.
We found Nerm chilling and doing all touristy things at the festival, ahead of his performance on day 3 at Vh1 Supersonic. We got to see this touristy side of Nerm and we decided to have a discussion about the world around him.
Rave Travels: Nerm, what keeps you raving and partying all the time? What keeps the positive vibes, energies up and running since you are travelling around the world and it is bound get too hectic?
Nerm: SO, What makes me rave has changed over the years! When I was younger, it was discovery of something new. As I grew up, it was the assertion of my culture and and the relevance of land I was living in. So asserting a different side of Indian culture in Britain was kind of important to me, that’s when Shiva Soundsystems was kind of erupted. And then it was making sure that my heritage wasn’t perceived as something outside of the ordinary but something as accessible as the Beatles or Prodigy… They actually furthered Indian culture in England more than Indian people did! So my aim was to create a level playing field and I think that this idea kept me going then! Breaking the barriers between the genres kept me going after that and now in the era of Trump and Brexit and all this world wide kind of political bullshit I think there needs to be a re assertion of the culture. WHAT KEEPS ME GOING IS THE WORLD AND WHAT SHIT HAPPENS AROUND ME!
Nerm has been one of the powerful vigor behind spreading the heritage and relevancy of the culture he belongs to through his music! We are absolutely in love with the dank set he played on Day 3 of Vh1 Supersonic, looking forward to attend this another power packed performance, pretty soon.