Nicky Holloway

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Nicky Holloway
Birth nameNicholas Holloway
Born (1963-06-12) 12 June 1963 (age 57)
Isleworth, England, United Kingdom[1]
GenresBalearic beat, trance and progressive trance
Occupation(s)Disc jockey, record producer
Years active1980–present

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 met an Argentine DJ called Alfredo Fiorito, who 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 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]

Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Lynn Cosgrove and Lincoln Cheng a club owner of Zouk (club) in Singapore all chipped in to get him into the Charter Nightingale rehab clinic and for seven years he remained sober.

Since cleaning his life up in 1998 Nicky has continued to produce music and is widely known as one of the first DJs in the UK to go digital, many of his Peers mocked him for this, however they soon realised the benefits outweighed the downside and within a few years where doing the same. Maverick producer Arthur Baker walked into his own club one night, The Elbow Room in Islington and was blown away by what he Nicky doing using a piece of software called PCDJ at that time laptop hard drives where too small so he had to carry around a full desktop PC.

In 1999 Nicky helped create a DJ based website called Trust The DJ with his close friend Lynn Cosgrove, which was so ahead of its time it ran out of funding before most people had broadband. Lynn Cosgrove still manages DJ Carl Cox.

In 2008 Nicky started to run classic house club nights under the name of Desert Island Disco however after a few good years decided to stop doing the events as the format was being copied by many other promoters and he simply got bored.

After a few years living in a pub called the Queens Head in Brixton Nicky is now currently living in Barnet north London and now organizing parties called Now & Then where the format is new and old music and still plays regularly for such events as Promised Land & Summer Solstice and was recently included in a list of 50 DJs over 50 still cutting it.



  • 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. 12 June 1963. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  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 23 May 2012.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 255. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.