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|Also known as||Wishdokta
Bump & Flex
Rhythm Construction Co.
Pursernel & Son
2 Can Play
The Grant Nelson Project
Ambassadors Of Swing
Dusk Til Dawn
27 April 1971 |
|Genres||House, UK garage, drum and bass, hardcore techno, happy hardcore|
|Labels||Swing City Records|
|Associated acts||24 Hour Experience|
Nelson is heralded as one of the godfathers of UK garage due to his numerous club hits on his Nice 'n' Ripe record label in the early 1990s. It was his sound along with a few others that gave birth to the then known as 'Sunday Scene' which evolved into UK garage.
In 1993, Wishdokta teamed up with DJ Vibes and together they delivered some of happy hardcore's biggest anthems on Vibes' Asylum Music Inc. and other labels including Happy Trax.
Nelson has always remained a house head since his early Nice 'n' Ripe days and continues to do so to the present with his Swing City Records label that consistently delivers top drawer house music.
Some of the artists Nelson has remixed and worked with include Kelis, Jodeci, Mis-Teeq, Aaliyah, James Brown, The Artful Dodger, Jamiroquai, Lutricia McNeal, Thelma Houston, Another Level, Goldie, Roy Ayers, Guy, Rosie Gaines, Juliet Roberts, Liberty X, Towa Tei, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Bebel Gilberto, Negrocan, Beverley Knight, Brand New Heavies, Faithless, Simply Red, Frankie Knuckles and Agnes.
- 1 Sample libraries and software
- 2 Synthesizer sound programming
- 3 Grant Nelson's Housecall radio show
- 4 Main pseudonyms
- 5 Selected discography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Sample libraries and software
Nelson has produced several sample libraries that contain musical parts and drum loops. The Studio Essentials series (Volumes 1, 2 & 3) have been extremely popular and are highly regarded amongst aspiring producers. Samples from these libraries have featured on numerous commercial recordings.
Nelson also released his "Chordworx" software in 2009 which was another major success for him. It aids people with little or no keyboard knowledge to produce very intricate jazz style chord progressions which are much sought after in the soulful/deep house genres of music.
Synthesizer sound programming
In 2000, Nelson was commissioned by Korg to work on programming preset sound banks for the Electribe & MS2000 synthesizers. Although his sounds aren't credited in the operating manuals, you can pick some of them out by the names he gave them that reference some of his artist names and record labels. To coincide with the release of the machines to market, there was a promotional CD given away with industry music magazines and at trade fairs that included an audio demonstration by Nelson of the Korg Electribe synthesizer.
Grant Nelson's Housecall radio show
In 2009, Nelson began presenting his own bi-weekly dance music radio show called Housecall on www.ssradio.com out of the UK. It is also syndicated to various radio stations around the world and has quickly become one of the most popular shows of its genre. The show features exclusive snippets of forthcoming music yet to be released, regular guest mixes from some of the most legendary house music DJs and plenty of features which make the show feel more like a mainstream radio programme but with real house music.
Guests to date have included ATFC, Christian Alvarez, CJ Macintosh, DeepCitySoul, DJ Meme, Eric Kupper, Groove Assassin, Jamie Lewis, Jask, Jazztronik, Joey Negro, Kiko Navarro, Lovebirds, MK, Ralf Gum, Richard Earnshaw, Scott Wozniak, Soulmagic, Soul Purpose, Steve "Silk" Hurley and Yass.
- 1990–1995: Wishdokta
- 1993–1996: 24 Hour Experience (with Simon Firmin)
- 1997–2003: Bump & Flex
- 1998–2001: N'n'G (with Norris 'Da Boss' Windross)
- "Step 2 Me" – Grant Nelson feat. Jean McClain (Virgin Records)
- "In My Soul" – Grant Nelson (Nice 'n' Ripe)
- "Right Before My Eyes" – N'n'G feat. Kallaghan (Heat Recordings)
- "Together" – 24hr Experience (Nice 'n' Ripe)
- "Free"/"Switch" – Grant Nelson (Swing City Records)
- "So Special" – Grant Nelson (Swing City Records)
- "Sweet Like Thatcher Boy" – Grant Nelson (Toryboy Records)
- "Liferide" – N'n'G feat. Rose Windross & Creed (Swing City Records)
- "Long Time Coming" – Bump & Flex (Urban Heat)
- "Babylon (Into A Groove)" – Nu Rhythmix (Swing City Records)
- "Evil Surrounds Us" – Wishdokta (Kickin' Records)
- "Motorway Madness" – Vibes & Wishdokta (Rogue Trooper)
- Ethnicity EPs 1–3 – Grant Nelson (Swing City)
- "Feel The Music" – Grant Nelson (Swing City)
- "The Only Way" – Soul City Experience (co-produced with Brian Tappert from Soulfuric Records)
- "Bodyswerve" – M-Gee (co-produced with Matt Schwartz from Deepest Blue) (Swing City)
- "Black Water" – Grant Nelson feat. Cathy Battistessa (Swing City)
- Sannie - "how long" (imusic)
- Physics - "Viva L'Amore (Deeplay Music)
- Blonde - "Higher Ground" (FFRR) [Released: 08-04-2014]
- Alexander O'Neil – "Saturday Love" (Stateside)
- Aaliyah – "More Than a Woman" (Virgin)
- Chanel – "My Life" (Hed Kandi)
- Negrocan "Cada Vez" (Swing City)
- Gaelle "Give It Back" (Boss)
- Simply Red – "Stay" (Simply Red)
- Solu Music & Kimblee – "Fade" (Hed Kandi)
- Sunkids & Chance – "Rise Up" (Boss)
- Brand New Heavies – "Surrender" (Hed Kandi)
- Gat Decor – "Passion" (Big Life)
- Sound of Eden – "Everytime (I See Her)" (Positiva)
- Bebel Gilberto – "The River Song" (EMI)
- Jamiroquai – "Runaway" (Sony)
- Ann Nesby – "Praisin' His Name" (Basement Boys)
- M. J. Cole – "Wondering Why" (M-Gee Mix – co-mixed with Matt Shwartz) (Talkin' Loud)
- Todd Edwards – "Saved My Life" (I Records)
- Liberty X – "Just A Little" (V2)
- Heller & Farley – "Ultra Flava" (AM:PM)
- Nush – "U Girls (Look So Sexy)" (Blunted)
- Indo – "R U Sleepin'" (Satellite)
- Roy Ayers – "Dangerous Vibes" (Peppermint Jam)
- Jodeci – "Get On Up" (MCA)
- Guy – "Dancin'" (MCA)
- Timmy Vegas & The Universe Band – "Can't Make It Thru Another Day" (Mn2s)
- Agnes – "Need You Now" (3Beat)
- Sam Smith – "I'm Not the Only One" (Capitol)
Unofficial edits and mixes
- Gill Scoot – "Golden"
- Jamiroquai – "Too Young To Die"
- Martin Solveig – "Rockin' Music"
- James Ingram & Michael McDonald – "Yah Mo B There"
- Sister Sledge – "Thinking of You"
Nelson has done many more personal mixes and edits, but now restricts their distribution because of copies being bootlegged by third parties.
Album and compilation appearances
- Flick, Larry (8 August 1998). "Dance Trax". Billboard. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- Grantnelson.co.uk Grant Nelson official website.
- Discogs Grant Nelson discography & remixography.
- Swing City Records Record label co-owned by Grant Nelson.
- Wyze.com Production company co-owned by Grant Nelson.
- Grant Nelson's Housecall Website for Grant's bi-weekly radio show "Housecall".