Mike Taylor aka Disco Nihilist creates beautiful, raw jacky house music and has made quite an impact with just a few releases under his belt. Mike took some time out to answer some questions for us at Handsomeclub.
Tell us, who is the man behind the Disco Nihilist moniker?
That would be me.
Do you work a day job?
No, I don't have a job.
Do you DJ as well as produce?
Yeah, I have a pretty decent record collection. I used to work at Backspin Records in Austin; I picked up a lot of good records and learned a lot about digging while I worked there.
What were your early influences in house music?
There are a lot of things going on in my music. I have been around dance music for 15 years now and I have listened to a lot of different music over the years. One of the big things with the vinyl jocks in Austin was the expectation that you could cover a lot of ground, and that you could do it in a single set and make it work. I think a lot of that had to do with Merrick Brown's approach to DJ'ing. He definitely set a standard for mixing.
If you were to look through my dance collection, you would find disco, italo, boogie, electro, garage, Chicago house, acid, Detroit techno, dubby techno, deep house, ghettotech and ghetto house... I am interested in a lot of different music. The last thing I want to hear is two hours of any particular dance genre; I want to hear a bit of everything.
Would you care to share some memorable record store experiences both as a customer and/or employee? Maybe a digging story where you struck gold?