Around six of so years ago, I moved back down to Atlanta for the second time, joining a technology focused consulting firm. It was at that firm where I meet Mr. Nickerson. While John and I were on the same project, we never actually worked together, but always chopped it up in the break-room, at lunch events, and project outings. It was during those conversations, I learned John was a massive music fan, and knew some serious music history both of what I will classify as traditional music and non traditional (hip-hop / electronic).
Like anything, once you discover a shared passion around a particular topic, it always feels like it is the first thing you jump to in discussion. For John and I, it was electronic music and DJ culture. Similarly, John had DJ throughout his day and while I would love to say I knew the underground, John depth of knowledge of producers and DJ's far exceeded that of mine. I will never forget the day when I decided to start brining a pen and paper with me whenever I thought I might run into John. It just felt like every time I would run into him, he would be name dropping some new producer I had never heard of, a track that was blowing up on some secret site which, only people in the know were allowed access.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent"][vc_column_text]Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, John moved to California to take over the San Francisco and the ever evolving Silicon Valley. While I thought John's move to the West Coast would be the last I heard from John, thanks to the gmail, social networks, and a continued love for music, I have since run into John numerous times both in San Francisco and at numerous music events where of course he continues to introduce me to new music, most notably Archade Fire.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent"][vc_column_text]John and his good friend Oliver (look out sir, your next on my list for Sounding Off) were the inspiration for me to start collecting records again, and was a reason I felt John needed to be included in this experience I like to call "Sound Off ". So without further adieu, I give you John Nickerson as we present his 'Sound Off'.
How can we find you on web?
Where are you from / where do you currently live?
From Atlanta, currently living in San Francisco
Where would you tell someone visiting San Francisco to make sure they included in their visit itinerary?
Amoeba records, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge at sunset
Tell us about any current projects / hobbies / trips you got planned that you are excited about?
Training for another Ironman in November, heading out to the Cook Islands for a little R&R soon possibly with a new GoPro in tow for scuba diving.
When we first met, you had a slew of DJ gear. What initially got you into electronic Music, who were some of your favorite artist that initially got you into the scene.
Nine Inch Nails originally got me into industrial/techno sounds in middle school, but it was Daft Punk's debut "Homework" in 1996 that got me hooked.
Running into you at Coachella was great. What was your favorite act ? Who do you think had a true breakout performance?
My favorite act there was probably Chromeo, Fatboy Slim put on an amazing show though. Breakout performance has to go to Future Islands. I had just started listening to them a week before and the had some unique stage presence.
Alright, time to find out what type of man you are. If you could name one album that defines you as a person, what would that album be and why?
I have to go back to my roots and say Daft Punk's "Homework". The entire album is beautifully crafted, complex in a simple way, and timeless. It's what made me appreciate music in the first place and taught me how precise organization is done.
As I mentioned before, I saw you at Coachella this year and know you have always been a passionate lover of music. What was the best show / festival you ever attended?
Sasha and Digweed - Delta Heavy Tour - Atlanta 2002
It is 2am, you have just heard four hours of music. Where is the first place you head for post show food and what are you ordering?
Probably Bob's Donuts in San Francisco, bear claws on the cheap.
So I meant to ask John, what inspired him to go out and buy records. What I actually sent him was this, "You were the person who inspired me to go out and start buying vinyl records again." Hence his wonderful answer. (John provided a proper answer as to the rational behind purchasing vinyl, thanks John).
If this is a question, my answer is "Yes". Vinyl makes music personal and warm. In a world of streaming and digital music, it's a medium that requires patience and careful purchase decisions.
If you were going to recommend five must have albums to anyone starting their own collection, what would those albums be?
In no particular order: Daft Punk "Homework", MGMT "Oracular Spectacular", Trainspotting soundtrack (#2), Sasha and Digweed "Northern Exposure" (part 2 of 2 in particular), LCD Soundsystem "Sound of Silver"
What is your stance on the new Taco Bell breakfast WaffleTaco?
I'm yet to try it, however I'm blown away at how many ways they can reinvent the taco.