Nicky Holloway

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Nicky Holloway
Birth name Nicholas Holloway
Born (1963-06-12) 12 June 1963 (age 51)
Isleworth, England, United Kingdom[1]
Genres Balearic beat, trance and progressive trance
Occupations Disc jockey, record producer
Years active 1980–present
Labels Maverick

Nicky Holloway (born 12 June 1963) is an English DJ and record producer, who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s, and has been called "a prototype of the superstar DJ".[2]


Nicholas Holloway was born in Isleworth, London. He began playing records in the disco pub scene around the Old Kent Road in 1980. He first started to organise club nights, such as Special Branch in London Bridge in 1984 alongside Pete Tong and Gilles Peterson.

Holloway (with Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Walker and Danny Rampling) was one of the "Ibiza four" - four DJs who travelled to the island for a holiday in the summer of 1987. They visited a club called Amnesia and an Argentine DJ called Alfredo Fiorito, which inspired them to promote Balearic beats back in the UK.[3]

Holloway opened the clubnight Trip at the London Astoria in Charing Cross Road at the end of May 1988, and was one of the first legal acid house clubs. Trip changed its name to Sin, after the previous name's close association with drug culture.

In April 1990, he opened the Milk Bar venue at 12 Sutton Row, London, W1.[4] It hosted Paul Oakenfold on Friday nights and Pete Tong and Dave Dorrell on Saturday nights, Darren Emerson on Mondays, Danny Rampling's Pure Sexy and Glam on Wednesday and in the later years Richard 'The Hobbit' Bamford, Brandon Block and Lisa Loud playing FUBAR on the Sunday night. Dave Morales, Tony Humphries, the Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai got signed after doing spots at the club.

During the summer of 1992 he opened venues in Ibiza under the Milk Bar banner which ran for a couple of seasons,[5] but later went bankrupt and had to attend rehabilitation.[2]



  • 1988: Beats Workin - "Sure Beats Workin'" (FFRR)
  • 1989: Beats Workin - "Burn Out Don't Fade Away" (FFRR)
  • 1995: Velvet Underpants - "Where Is My Man" (SL2)
  • 1996: Beats Workin - "Don't Keep Me Waiting" (White Label)
  • 1997: NWA vs. Oasis - "Wonderwall" (White Label)
  • 1998: Sir Real - "Spirits High" (White Label)
  • 1999: Holloway & Co.- "I'll Do Anything - To Make You Mine" (INCredible) - UK No. 58[6]
  • 2002: Holloway & Co.- "Voyager"
  • 2002: Beats Workin - "Everyway But Loose"
  • 2002: Titty Twister - "Pussy Blowout"

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1995: Ibiza 95 (Forgotten)
  • 1996: Decade of Ibiza (Telstar)
  • 1997: Hog Zone Promo Compilation
  • 1998: 555 Promo Compilation


  1. ^ "Nicky Holloway". AllMusic. 1963-06-12. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b Sandall, Robert (1 March 2009). "Superstar DJS: Here We Go! by Dom Phillips". The Times (London). Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Warren, Emma (12 August 2007). "Music, Electronic music (Music genre), Culture". The Guardian (London). 
  4. ^ New Musical Express, 1988
  5. ^ "Ibiza '99". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 255. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.