Trevor Nelson

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Trevor Nelson
Trevor Nelson.jpg
Born (1964-01-07) 7 January 1964 (age 50)
Hackney, London, England, UK
Station(s) BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2
Style R&B, soul hip-hop, rap and dance music
Country United Kingdom
Previous show(s) Kiss FM
Website trevornelson.com

Trevor Nelson MBE (born 7 January 1964[1]) is a British DJ and presenter.

Early life[edit]

Born in the London Borough of Hackney to a family of St Lucian heritage, Nelson attended Central Foundation Boys' Grammar School (now known as Central Foundation Boys' School) in Cowper Street, Islington, London EC2, and Westminster Kingsway College.[2] His first job was in a shoe shop, but his love of music meant a part-time role as a DJ.

Nelson gained day time work at a record importer in 1985, and widened his DJ experience putting on "warehouse parties" on the weekends.[3]

He went on to work in A&R for record labels Cooltempo and EMI, promoting artistes such as D'Angelo, Mica Paris and Lynden David Hall;[2] while also promoting events, including his own Soul II Soul and The Lick.

Radio career[edit]

As a pioneer in the urban scene, Trevor started his broadcasting career at then pirate station Kiss in 1985. In 1990 it gained a broadcasting license to become Kiss 100 London (Kiss FM), it was here that Nelson became director of the station and day time DJ. Behind the decks Trevor cut his teeth as a dj with Soul II Soul and promoted numerous club nights including the now legendary Lick parties. With a stint behind the scenes in A&R at Cooltempo, EMI, Trevor has been instrumental in the careers of D’Angelo, Mica Paris and Lynden David Hall. In 1996, Trevor moved to BBC Radio 1 to present the first event national RNB show ' The Rhythm Nation'[2] and a year later began a Saturday afternoon program which resulted in him winning a MOBO Award in 1997 as Best DJ.

Trevor currently broadcasts across two radio networks. He presents weekdays, Monday to Friday 10:00am until 13:00 show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Trevor presents a Soul show on Wednesday evenings on BBC Radio 2 which he has been presenting since 2008, which is produced by independent production company Somethin' Else.

In 2010 he was awarded with the special gold lifetime achievement award for his services to broadcasting, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Was at the KIC FM for the Launch of the station is a big fan of the station. As one of the most respected DJ's across the bar and club scene, Trevor continues to DJ around the UK and Europe and is now in his tenth successful summer residency in Global Room nightclub in Pacha, Ibiza.

Trevor has gone on to release seven compilation albums, INCredible Sound of Trevor Nelson, The Soul Nation and Lick compilations.

Trevor's most recent compilation album is The Trevor Nelson Collection. Picking up where his Lick compilations left off, Trevor shares his favorite R&B, Soul and Rap classics from over the decades.[4]

Television career[edit]

Nelson first appeared on television in 1998 on MTV UK and presenting The Lick on MTV Base off the back of his first RNB show on Radio 1. Nelson also appeared as a judge on the 2006 show Just the Two of Us (TV series)|Just the Two of Us, and again in 2007. Since 12 September 2009 Nelson has co-presented NFL UK, a weekly American Football highlights magazine show on Five (TV channel) with Natalie Pinkham.

Trevor has worked on numerous BBC shows that include: "Holiday:you call the shots" / "Trevor Nelson's Urban Choice" / "The Players club" series and more recently he presented the coverage of the FIFA World Cup concert in South Africa for BBC2 in 2010.

Trevor holds the distinction of being the very first black person to appear on Channel 5, appearing at 10:37pm on The Jack Docherty Show.[5] Nelson regularly appears as a pundit on programmes where celebrities recall their detailed memories of popular culture. He also provided commentary on the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony and 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony that was widely criticised in the media.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Personal life[edit]

MBE ribbon

A divorced father of two children, Nelson lives in London, and is a fan of Chelsea Football Club. He also has a home in St Lucia.[2]

He was appointed an MBE in 2002 for his contribution to the Millennium Volunteers programme.

In 2012 friend and fellow BBC DJ Tom Deacon revealed Trevor Nelson owns a leopard on a podcast promoting his Edinburgh show. http://connect.pure.com/p#!/uk/content/podcast/1466084-chortle-peacock-and-gamble-podcast

He is a good friend of Soccer AM presenter, Max Rushden.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debretts biodata
  2. ^ a b c d "Trevor Nelson: My Life in Media", The Independent, 8 October 2007.
  3. ^ Radio Rewind - BBC Radio 1 People - Trevor Nelson
  4. ^ "Music Review – The Trevor Nelson Collection".
  5. ^ Paul McCann (1997-03-31). "Shock and pop as Channel 5 goes live with modern mix". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  6. ^ "BBC's Trevor Nelson stumbles but Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony shines says Andy Dawson, aka Profanity Swan - Andy Dawson - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  7. ^ Sam Wollaston (27 July 2012). "Olympic opening ceremony: the TV review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  8. ^ Alicia Adejobi, "Trevor Nelson Slammed For 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony Commentating", Taletela, 30 July 2012.
  9. ^ Dawson, Andy (28 July 2012). "Boyle Command Performance is hampered by not-so-clever Trevor". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "London 2012: viewers' verdicts on BBC sports presenters". Telegraph. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Purnell, Gareth (28 July 2012). "Olympic opening ceremony view from the sofa: Sue, Gary and Team BBC whipped us into a frenzy - Olympic News - Olympics". The Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Donaghy, James (31 July 2012). "Olympic sporting commentary: why more is often less". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Purnell, Gareth (30 July 2012). "Grace Dent's Olympics: The BBC red button should come with a health warning - Comment - Olympics". The Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Football Weekly Extra: Manchester United humiliated by City". 27 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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Preceded by
MTV Africa Music Awards host
2008
Succeeded by
Wyclef Jean