LE BAIN: You fell in love in House and Techno in the late 80’s, straight from the Detroit scene. Can you tell us about driving from your home in Toronto to visit Detroit?
NICK HOLDER: I used to drive up to NSC in Detroit to get my releases mastered by Ron Murphy [legendary Detroit record cutter], so on the journey, I would be listening to music by Underground Resistance, Carl Craig, Derrick May and many more Detroit legends. The music that came from there has been a huge influence on my sound, and the music I’ve made throughout my career.
You started producing in 1991, creating your own label DNH records and also a hip-hop label, Treehouse. Were the early and mid 90's the golden age for house music in Toronto?
There were lots of House labels such as Jinxx Rec, 83 West, Strobe Records, just to name a few. The scene in Toronto was very strong back in the day and there were lots of warehouse parties and clubs like Roxy Blu, Industry and Living Room you could go to. It was definitely the golden age for House in Toronto. The underground Hip Hop scene was also very big and really helped lay the foundation for the artists that have made it big out of the city on a global scale today.