Sat 02 Jul
Be About It with Toby Tobias & Nick Williams
Presented by Be About It
About this event
This Saturday, the 2nd of July we have the return of Be About It. After their bank holiday stomper at the start of May, we’ve got this travelling club night back in town for a summer edition. Heading up the selections will be Nick Williams, who spent over a decade managing the legendary record store Phonica in Soho. Nick a lover of rare cuts and fine grooves, will be treating you to all manner of vibes from afro, disco, house and soul as well as a few hidden gems from his rich world of tunes.
As if that wasn’t enough, we have Faith In Strangers favourite and Be About It frontman Toby Tobias with his latest selection of rarities and bangers to tear the roof off!
(disclaimer: the roof will actually remain on)
Nick Williams [aka Free-Care] (Meda Fury / Phonica)
In 2013 Nick was asked to join the A&R team at legendary Belgian techno label R&S records, after some time he was offered the opportunity to create and run a new sub-label for them: Meda Fury.
Now 27 releases deep — Meda Fury caters to exotic strains of house music from all over the globe. Releases so far include DJ Seinfeld, Hazylujah, Takuya Matsumoto, Damon Bell, OL, D‑Ribeiro, Pearl River Sound, Ryota OPP, Lady Blacktronika, Rimbaudian, Sad City, Pletnev, Alleged Witches, Eliphino and Silvestre.
In his day job Nick is Assistant Manager/running the counter and shop floor at Phonica Records in Soho London for 10 years, regularly serving up new releases to some of the busiest working DJ’s, everyone from Seth Troxler to Andrew Weatherall, Josey Rebelle to Trevor Jackson, Floating Points, Erol Alkan, Honey Dijon, Four Tet and Moodymann…
Not feeling restrictions in his DJ sets Nick likes to draw on everything from proto-house to UK acid, modern deepness and Afro influences to bass heavy hybrids, discoid weirdies and electro to lo-fi abstractions…
Nick’s affinity with DJ’ing started when attending the first outdoor incarnations of Tribal Gathering festival, as well as illegal parties in London. Going to Ibiza in 1997 was a turning point, especially after unexpectedly playing a set when invited back to the infamous Manumission Motel.
After living in Australia for a year Nick returned to the UK to base himself in London, this saw him make music his career — working in vinyl pressing plants, distributors and record shops.
Finally landing in Phonica, Nick has played warm-up duties for Moodymann, Joy O, Four Tet, Dinos Chapman, Shackleton, Carl Craig, Midland and Omar‑S.
Whilst also promoting his own club nights in these early years (solo and with collaborators) he provided UK debut performances for Vakula, Ron Morelli, Maxmillion Dunbar, Beautiful Swimmers, and Ital. These parties also saw him booking Paul White, Bullion, Magic Mountain High, Kyle Hall, Maurice Fulton, DMX Krew, Funkineven and Computer Jay.
In the last decade he has DJ’ed all over the world and at London venues such as Corsica Studios, Plastic People, Village Underground, Great Suffolk St, Ministry Of Sound and Fire.
2013 he played both Room 1 and Room 3 at Fabric.
2014 Nick played DJ support in London for Kassem Mosse, Rick Wilhite, and Derrick Carter. And in Sheffield supported Carl Craig and Midland.
2015 has also seen him play abroad in Berlin, Munich, Venice, Belgium and support for Nick Hoppner in Croatia, supporting Nina Kraviz in Sheffield and going b2b with Space Dimension Controller at an R&S party in Antwerp.
2016 was the busiest year yet for international and domestic gigs. Supporting Dego and Terrence Parker in Peckham and Public Possession in Hackney Wick, he played in Italy twice (Milan and Puglia), also in Berlin supporting Rouge Mecanique, a boat party with Delano Smith in Greece at the festival Odyysia, and back again to Croatia — this time for his Dimensions Festival debut, also playing outside at Notting Hill Carnival, a debut gig in Paris and two debut dates in Tokyo with Ryota OPP!
2017 brought return gigs in London, Sheffield, Berlin and Milan, and debuts in Copenhagen, Farr Festival UK and Locus Festival in Italy.
There were also return gigs at Dimensions Festival, and Notting Hill Carnival — this time Nick and his partner organised an all day into evening Meda Fury and friends outdoor party featuring: Diesel, Photonz, Violet, The Maghreban, Alexander Nut, D‑Ribeiro and DJ Seinfeld/Rimbaudian.
2018 brought more gigs in Berlin, Paris, London (supporting Juan Atkins at Oval Space, and Omar‑S at Egg), Birmingham (supporting DJ Seinfeld and Project Pablo), festival sets at Alfresco, Farr, Dimensions in Croatia and Sparks in Italy.
2019 was the busiest year yet! bringing great gigs supporting Photonz in London and Seth Troxler in Birmingham, B2B’s with Axel Boman in Bilbao and Dauwd in Berlin.
Later in the year saw a return to All Points East festival in London, with an afterparty set supporting Jon Hopkins and Josey Rebelle.
He also gained a few important debut gigs; Frankfurt and Darmstadt in Germany – playing with the Workshop crew (Even Tuell/Kassem Mosse/Mix Mup), Spiritland in London, Paloma Bar in Berlin with Lady Blacktronika, Lisbon with Silvestre, and also Pikes in Ibiza – playing in Freddie’s for Secretsundaze, with a bit of B2B with James Priestley at the end. The year also brought important return gigs: African Acid Is The Future in Berlin (his 4th set in 4 years consecutively), two sets at the final Dimensions festival in Pula, and a 5 date tour of Japan with Ryota OPP, 3 gigs in Tokyo, 1 in Osaka and 1 in Kyoto!
2020 has so far generated important and unexpected gigs. On the 1st of February Nick was asked to support two of his all time heroes in London – Squarepusher and Plaid!
Later in February he played Room 1 at Corsica Studios alongside Anthony Naples, Huerco‑S and Simo Cell.
Unfortunately due to the global COVID-19 pandemic the forthcoming dates are either in doubt, cancelled or postponed:
March — Milan Apophis
March – London Canvas w/S.O.N.S
March – London EartH w/808 State live
March – London Spiritland
April – Berlin Zur Klappe
May – Nottingham Wigflex Festival
May – London All Points East Festival
June – Darmstadt 806QM
June – Glastonbury Festival
DJ set recordings (Live/club, Magazine/commissioned and Radio):
B2B’s – Past to present:
Axel Bomen (Pampa, Studio Barnhus)
Space Dimension Controller (R&S)
Dauwd (Ninja Tune)
Bradley Zero (Rhythm Section)
Toby Tobias (ESP Institute, Rekids)
James Priestley (Secretsundaze)
House Of Traps (Firecracker)
Brian Not Brian (Going Good)
Bryce Hackford (Youth, Prah)
Chuggy (Emotional Response/Rescue)
- 6:00 PM
- Doors open
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