Nick Skitz

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Nick Skitz

Nicholas Agamalis, better known as Nick Skitz, is an Australian DJ and dance music producer[1] whose career in dance music started in the early 1990s. Since 1995, his Skitzmix series of compilations have become well known in Australian dance circles for featuring remixes and megamixes of well-known dance songs and are the best selling DJ compilations in Australia.

Biography[edit]

Skitz began working for dance label Pro-DJ International in the early 1990s.

He quickly became involved with the successful dance label Central Station records once Pro-DJ folded and began remixing tracks for the label's Australian and international artists. Remixes of the "X-Files Theme" (Triple X) and "Excalibur" (FCB, and later Skitz's own version) got him noticed and reached the Top 10 on the ARIA singles charts in Australia.

From 1996, Skitz has released assorted dance/pop compilations of the latest tracks at the time (also a promotion for the affiliated record company, Central Station).

Major charting success of Skitzmix came in late 2001, with Skitzmix 10 reaching #9 on the mainstream ARIA Albums Chart alongside artists like Creed, Shaggy and the Bridget Jones's Diary Soundtrack. During the late 90's and through the 2000s, Skitz also featured on the Ministry of Sound label & Wild compilations.

Skitz's track "The Ultimate" reached #2 on the dance charts in the UK. His first pop hit "Slave to the Music" reached the top 20 in Australia in November 2003 and was a cover of an original song by Twenty 4 Seven.

In 2004, he joined forces with Mark Gable, lead singer of Australian rock band The Choirboys to rework their 1987 Australian hit "Run to Paradise" as a dance track. The song, billed as "Nick Skitz vs. the Choirboys", debuted in the top 20 of the Australian pop charts in July 2004, and was the 17th biggest selling dance single of that year.[2] The single also features a remix by Jason Nevins.

Since 2006, Skitz has released two rock compilations called Skitz Metal and Skitz Rocks featuring 80s and 90s rock originals like Quiet Riot's "Cum On Feel The Noize" and Scorpion's "Wind Of Change" and some dance remakes of glam rock hits. In July 2007, Skitz released a rock/dance version of David Lee Roth's 80s hit "Just Like Paradise" which reached #58 on the ARIA Physical Sales Chart in Australia.

In October 2008, Skitzmix 30 was released through Central Station Records/Destra Entertainment. Also in 2008 Skitz released his second solo album Come Into My World which debuted at #21 on the ARIA Chart. The first single from the album was a collaboration with Melissa Tkautz – "I Want Your Love". This reached #8 on the ARIA Dance Chart.

In 2009 Central Station Records folded and Skitz started his own labels LNG Music and Homebrew Records.[3]

July 2011 saw the release of Skitzmix 38, Skitzmix 39 was released in November. In February 2012, Skitzmix 40 was released. On 28 December 2012, the single "Again & Again" (Nick Skitz and Basslouder featuring Brooklyn Bounce) was released.[4]

In 2013 Skitz released his third solo album Turn It Up. The single "Natural Born Hustla" a collabortion with Akon hit the top ten on the iTunes charts. Also from the album the single "You Got The Love" hit the top 40 US Dance Charts and also hitting #1 on the US Dance Radio Chart in 2013.

Skitz teamed up with Amba Shepherd to create "Get Your Gun" which hit the top 20 on the UK Club Charts.

In October 2013 Skitzmix 45 was released. Skitzmix is the longest running Club scene CD series in Australian music history.

On 11 September 2015, the 50th edition was released featuring 22 tracks and 7 megamixes mixed by Skitz himself or DJ Samus Jay. This release also marks 20 years of the Skitz franchise.[3]

Albums[edit]

Album Date Catalogue Number End Of Year ARIA Chart Highest Charting Label
Skitzmix 1 1995 COLSMCD01 Colossal Records
Skitz Is In The House 1996 COLCDHM1001 Colossal Records
Skitzmix 2 April 1998 CSRCD5066 Central Station Records
Skitzmix 3 1 August 1998 CSRCD5094 Central Station Records
Skitzmix 4 5 April 1999 CSRCD5098 Central Station Records
Skitzmix 5 26 July 1999 CSRCD5111 Central Station Records
Skitzmix 6 7 March 2000 CSRCD5126 Central Station Records
Skitzmix 7 31 July 2000 CSRCD5135 Central Station Records
Skitzmix 8 23 October 2000 CSRCD5146 #3 ARIA Dance Central Station Records
Skitzmix 9 1 March 2001 CSRCD5152 #28 2001 Dance Album [5] #2 ARIA Dance Debut #22 Overall [6] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 10 (2CD) 6 August 2001 CSRCD5157 #24 2001 Dance Album (3 Weeks @ #1) [5] #1 ARIA Dance Debut #9 Overall [7] Central Station Records
"Excalibur 2001" - Nick Skitz 20 August 2001 #7 ARIA Dance Single Debut #11 Australian Single #62 Overall [8] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 11 12 November 2001 CSRCD5165 #2 ARIA Dance Debut [9] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 12 25 February 2002 CSRCD5170 #7 ARIA Compilation [10] Central Station Records
Ultimate Skitzmix #22 2002 Dance Album #37 Compilation [11] #4 ARIA Dance Debut #2 Compilation [12] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 13 14 October 2002 CSRCD5177 #29 2002 Dance Album #40 2003 Dance Album[13] #4 ARIA Dance Debut #4 Compilation [14] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 14 3 March 2003 CSRCD5183 #19 2003 Dance Album [15] #2 ARIA Dance Debut #3Compilation [16] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 15 (2CD) 14 July 2003 CSRCD5187 #13 2003 Dance Album #37 Compilation[15] #1 ARIA Dance Debut #2 Compilation [17] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 16 27 October 2003 CSRCD5192 #30 2003 Dance Album #37 2004 Dance Album[15] #2 ARIA Dance Debut #5 Compilation [18] Central Station Records
"Slave To The Music" - Nick Skitz 9 November 2003 CSRCD50434 #23 2003 Dance Single [15] #4 Aussie Single #1 Dance Single #19 Overall [18] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 17 1 March 2004 CSRCD5196 #22 2004 Dance Album[15] #1 ARIA Dance Debut #2 Compilation [19] Central Station Records
"Run To Paradise" - Nick Skitz VS The Choirboys 22 March 2004 #36 Aussie Single #17 Dance Single [20] #16 ARIA Single #21 Dance Single #4 Australian Single Re-enters 12 July @ #2 ARIA Dance Single [21]
Skitzmix 18 July 2004 CSRCD5207 #10 2004 Dance Album #35 2004 Compilation [22] #2 ARIA Dance #4 Compilation [21] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 19 18 October 2004 CSRCD5222 #25 2004 Dance Album #39 2005 Dance Album [23] #2 ARIA Dance #8 Compilation [24] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 20 (2CD) 18 July 2005 CSRCD5244 Re-Release LNGA0067 #17 2005 Dance Album [25] #3 ARIA Dance #5 Compilation [26] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 21 3 October 2005 CSRCD5278 Re-Release LNGA0068 #30 2005 Dance Album [25] #3 ARIA Dance #4 Compilation [27] Central Station Records
Skitzmix 22 13 February 2006 CSRCD5307 Re-Release #29 2006 Dance Album #7 ARIA Dance #8 Compilation Central Station Records
Skitz Metal 13 February 2006 CSRCD5308 #47 2006 Dance Album #8 ARIA Dance Central Station Records
Skitzmix 23 2006 CSRCD5345 #33 2006 Dance Album #6 ARIA Dance Central Station Records
Skitzmix 24 (CD/DVD) 16 October 2006 CSRCD5375 #32 2006 Dance Album #7 ARIA Dance Central Station Records
Skitzmix 25 2 May 2007 CSRCD5394 #41 2007 Dance Album #5 ARIA Dance Central Station Records
"Just Like Paradise" - Nick Skitz 16 July 2007 #58 Physical Singles
Skitzmix 26 24 July 2007 CSRCD5422 Re-Release LNGA0073 #46 2007 Compilation #30 2007 Dance Album #3 ARIA Dance #4 Compilation Central Station Records
Skitz Rocks 1
Skitzmix 27 20 October 2007 CSRCD5464 Re-Release LNGA0074 #24 2007 Dance Album #3 ARIA Dance #4 Compilation Central Station Records
Skitzmix 28 16 February 2008 CSRCD5499 Re-Release LNGA0075 #37 2008 Dance Album #4 ARIA Dance #6 Compilation Central Station Records
"I Want Your Love" - Nick Skitz Featuring Melissa Tkautz 5 April 2008 #60 Overall Single #26 Physical Single #18 Australian Single #8 Dance Single
"Come Into My World" 19 April 2008 (Re-Released in 2009 on LNG) LNGA004 - CSRCD5513 #32 2008 Dance Album #23 Overall Album #21 Physical Album #5 Australian Album #5 Dance Album Central Station Records
Skitzmix 29 12 July 2008 CSRCD5545 Re-Release LNGA0076 #50 2008 Compilation #29 2008 Dance Album #3 Dance Album #5 Compilation Central Station Records
Skitzmix 30 (2CD/DVD) 25 October 2008 CSRCD5560/1 CSRCD5560/2 CSRCD5560/3 #30 2008 Dance Album #6 ARIA Dance #8 Compilation Central Station Records
Skitzmix 31 20 March 2009 LNGA0001 #32 2009 Dance Album #7 ARIA Dance LNG Music Australia
Skitz Rocks Vol.2 30 May 2009 LNGA0003 #47 2009 Dance Album #6 ARIA Dance LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 32 24 July 2009 LNGA0006 #28 2009 Dance Album #5 ARIA Dance LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 33 6 November 2009 LNGA0014 #31 2009 Dance Album #3 ARIA Dance #7 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 34 29 January 2010 LNGA0034 #25 2010 Dance Album #4 ARIA Dance #6 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Pump It 1 (Platinum Deejayz) 27 March 2010 LNGA0023 #49 2010 Compilation #23 2010 Dance Album #3 ARIA Dance #5 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Skitz Rocks 3 4 June 2010 LNGA0022 #7 ARIA Dance LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 35 20 August 2010 LNGA0028 #38 2010 Dance Album #3 ARIA Dance #7 Compilation Top 5 iTunes LNG Music Australia
Pump It 2 (Platinum Deejayz) 24 September 2010 LNGA0030 #22 2010 Dance Album #1 ARIA Dance #3 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 36 (CD/DVD) 5 November 2010 LNGA0033 #41 2010 Dance Album #5 ARIA Dance #7 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 37 18 February 2011 LNGA0036 #42 2011 Dance Album #3 ARIA Dance #7 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Pump It 3 (Platinum Deejayz) 25 March 2011 LNGA0039 #33 2011 Dance Album #1 ARIA Dance #7 Compilation Top 5 iTunes LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 38 15 July 2011 LNGA0041 #45 2011 Dance Album #6 ARIA Dance #9Compilation LNG Music Australia
Pump It 4 (Platinum Deejayz) 23 September 2011 LNGA0047 #29 2011 Dance Album #3 ARIA Dance #3 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 39 11TH November 2011 LNGA0048 #44 2011 Dance Album #5 ARIA Dance #9 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 40 24 February 2012 LNGA0053 #27 2012 Dance Album #2 ARIA Dance #2 Compilation LNG Music Australia
Pump It 5 (Platinum Deejayz) 5 April 2012 LNGA0054 #37 2012 Compilation #2012 Dance Album #2 ARIA Dance #4 Compilation Top 3 iTunes LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 41 13TH July 2012 LNGA0059 #40 2012 Dance Album #2 ARIA Dance LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 42 26 October 2012 LNGA0060 #35 2012 Dance Album #2 ARIA Dance #6 Compilation LNG Music Australia
TURN IT UP! 15 February 2013 LNGA0049 #10 ARIA Dance #41 Physical #19 Aussie Album #73 Overall LNG Music Australia
"You Got The Love" - Nick Skitz 15 February 2013 #1 US Dance Radio LNG Music Australia (Homebrew Records Remixes)
Skitzmix 43 22 March 2013 LNGA0086 #49 2013 Dance Album #5 ARIA Dance #6 Compilation LNG Music Australia
"Natural Born Hustla" - Nick Skitz Featuring Akon 7 June 2013 Top 10 iTunes Chart LNG Music Australia
"Get Your Gun" - Nick Skitz Featuring Amba Shepherd 5 July 2013 Homebrew Records
Skitzmix 44 26 July 2013 LNGA0091 #12 ARIA Dance #5 iTunes Debut LNG Music Australia
Pump It 8 (Platinum Deejayz) 4 October 2013 LNGA0093 #45 2013 Dance Album #6 ARIA Dance Top 3 on iTunes LNG Music Australia
"Take You There" - Nick Skitz Featuring Bryan B & Big Nab 25 October 2013 LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 45 (2CD) 29 November 2013 LNGA0092 #12 ARIA Dance LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 46 (2CD) 28 March 2014 LNGA0110 LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 47 (2CD) 25 July 2014 LNGA0111 LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 48 (2CD) 14 November 2014 LNGA0112 LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 49 (2CD) 6 March 2015 LNG Music Australia
Skitzmix 50 (2CD + DVD) 11 September 2015 LNGA0156 Universal Music Australia
Skitzmix 51 (2CD)[28] 11 March 2016 LNG Music Australia

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