Nick Halkes

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Nick Halkes (born Nigel Halkes) is a UK based music industry executive best known for signing a breaking dance act the Prodigy and being one of the founders of the XL Recordings label. He is now an artist manager, managing Liam Howlett (the Prodigy), DJ Fresh, Bad Company UK and more. He is also a part time lecturer on the music industry at University of Westminster[citation needed] and runs the Reach Up club night and radio show with partners Andy Smith and Crissy Kybosh.[1]


Along with Richard Russell, he formed early rave duo Kicks Like a Mule, enjoying chart success in 1992 with their debut single, "The Bouncer". This track was covered by fledgling new-rave outfit Klaxons in 2006.

Halkes has enjoyed major A&R success with the Prodigy in recent years with the album Invaders Must Die on which he co-wrote the title track and the subsequent album The Day Is My Enemy on which he co-wrote three tracks.

Halkes was one of the founders of independent record label XL Recordings where he signed and worked with acts such as House of Pain, SL2 and Liquid before taking up a position as a director at EMI and launching the Positiva label, then later the Incentive label. The Positiva label enjoyed significant success under Halkes' leadership with artists such as Reel 2 Real, Alice Deejay, the Bucketheads and more and is now home to David Guetta and Deadmau5, amongst others.

Halkes also currently oversees the careers of developing artists Catchment,[2] One Bit[3] and Engine-Earz Experiment[4] and records sporadically under the Horx moniker.


  1. ^ "Reach Up - Home". Facebook. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  2. ^ "Catchment". SoundCloud.
  3. ^ "One Bit". SoundCloud.
  4. ^ "Engine-Earz". SoundCloud.