I am a writer who writes a lot of raps. I started rapping and making beats on a drum machine when I was about 11 and never stopped, I still rap and produce music to this day. My passion now is working on StoryBeats a show for children with music and rhymes. I continue to perform at various spoken word nights in London and enjoy the freedom you have with performing spoken word as you are not constrained to a rigid time signature. I especially like Word4Word run by Kat Francois. In 2016 I completed some TV work for Vice Media writing and producing songs about different animals in styles similar to well known songs and artists. Other recent projects include producing the music for the play Hactavists which was on at the Theatre Royal Stratford and then the National Theatre in 2015.
Back in 2005 I released an album on DJ Rubbish’s Soul Prolapse label which received a 5 star review and was album of the month in International DJ magazine.
“Nicky’s world is one heck of a fascinating place.” Dave Jenkins, International DJ Magazine
Writing in DJ magazine Kris Needs, author of Joe Strummer and the legend of the clash, said:
“Nicky Spesh’s highly addictive debut album takes UK Hip Hop to a level from its previous American emulations. It shows a unique world view translated into sci fi fantasy and delivered amidst a lush gamut of beats and backdrops.” DJ Magazine September 2005
In 2003 I appeared on DJ rubbish’s album Armageddon Sessions with GMBeats and featured on the album Cassetteboy v DJ Rubbish Inside A Whale’s Cock Vol 1 under the name Spectre.
Over the years I’ve been on the radio in New Zealand, Germany and have featured on BBC Radio Northern Ireland and Radio 1Xtra. In 2006 he was a finalist at the UK Poetry Slam at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. He also won the word-up slam at the same venue and participated in the Radio 4 poetry slam in 2007. In 2007 he moved into music production for TV including work on Silent Witness, a Sky 1 docudrama and Triple Nipple Club, a documentary on Channel 4. I received a development commission from the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2008.