THE DJ SIDE OF THE STORY
The DJ side of the story began in 1997 when N8N got his first set of turntables and a mixer for his bar-mitsvah. He started beatmixing soulful house music, then got tuned into Hip-hop and R&B, and then went back to the classics of Disco, Funk & Soul. From a young age Nathan was already hosting club nights in the basement of his parents house playing for friends and family. By the time he was 16 he was DJ’ing at private events such as birthdays and other celebrations. He got his first break was when mixing at The Bar Room in Antwerp. The next big thing was hosting his own club nights at the local Jewish center. And not long after that he joined his best friend to organise Mob Nights, several events that drew thousands of youngsters over the years. This got him the attention of major festivals such as Tomorrowland & Laundry Day where N8N became famous for entertaining the crowds with sing-a-long’s, moonwalking and stage diving, some even claim he came up with the sit-down. In 2006 he formed funky DJ duo ’The Milkshakerz' with colleague and friend DJ Mystique they played all over the country and abroad with gigs in Thailand and Singapore. To launch the duo Nathan decided to host a night at his favourite club in Antwerp, so in 2006 The Love Below also known as your monthly rendez-vous with Soul was born. To promote the concept he started booking big names such as DJ Jazzy Jeff (The fresh Prince), DJ Premier (Gangstarr), DJ ?uestlove (The Roots), DJ Cash Money (DMC world champion), DJ Maseo (De La Soul), DJ Rashida (official touring DJ for Prince, Bruno Mars). The Love Below quickly became a house hold name in the Antwerp nightlife scene and continues to do take place to this day. N8N became more focused on private events, travelling around the world for such artists like Nile Rodgers and the Chic organisation, Axel Vervoort, brands like Gucci, Essentiel, G-star Raw and Tequila Patron. He got the chance to DJ alongside Mark Ronson at the Winter Music Conference in Miami and was asked personally by Prince to organise his after shows in Brussels in 2010 & 2011. Today N8N spends the European winters in Cape Town performing at private events and club nights but his focus remains on his studio work and live music, deejaying is afterhours for him but that doesn’t make it less important!