Grant is heralded as one of the godfathers of UK Garage due to his numerous club hits on his Nice ‘n’ Ripe record label in the early 90’s. It was his sound along with a few others that gave birth to the then known as ‘Sunday Scene’ which went on to become UK garage.
He also produced under the name Wishdokta from 1990-1993 when he was making Hardcore / Drum ‘n’ Bass for the legendary London label Kickin Records. In 1993 Wishdokta teamed up with DJ Vibes and together they delivered some of Happy Hardcore’s biggest anthems on Vibes’ Asylum Music Inc & other labels including Happy Trax.
In 1997 he started using the alter-ego Bump & Flex and began to produce UK 2 Step. He delivered some of the scenes biggest records including «Funk On Ah Roll» by James Brown.
Nelson has always remained a house head since his early Nice ‘n’ Ripe days and continues to do so to the present with his Swing City Records label that consistently delivers top drawer house music.
Some of the artists Grant has remixed & worked with include ;
Kelis, Jodeci, Mis-Teeq, Aaliyah, James Brown, The Artful Dodger, Jamiroquai, Lutricia McNeal, Thelma Houston, Another Level, Goldie, Roy Ayers, Guy, Rosie Gaines, Juliet Roberts, Liberty X, Towa Tei, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Bebel Gilberto, Negrocan, Beverly Knight, The Brand New Heavies, Faithless, Simply Red, Frankie Knuckles, Agnes.
Sample Libraries & Software
Nelson has produced several sample libraries that contain musical parts and drum loops. The Studio Essentials series (Volumes 1, 2 & 3) have been extremely popular and are highly regarded amongst aspiring producers. Sample’s from these libraries have featured on numerous commercial recordings.
Nelson also released his «Chordworx» software in 2009 which was another major success for him. It aids people with little or no keyboard knowledge to produce very intricate jazz style chord progressions which are much sought after in the soulful / deep house genre’s of music.
Synthesizer Sound Programming
In 2000 Grant was commissioned by Korg to work on programming preset sound banks for the Electribe & MS2000 synthesizers. Although his sounds aren’t credited in the operating manuals you can pick some of them out by the names he gave them that reference some of his artist names and record labels. To coincide with the release of the machines to market there was a promotional CD given away with industry music magazines and at trade fairs that included an audio demonstration by Grant of the Korg Electribe synthesizer.
Grant Nelson’s Housecall (Radio Show)
In 2009 Nelson began presenting his own bi-weekly dance music radio show called Housecall on www.ssradio.com out of the UK. It is also syndicated to various radio radio stations around the world and has quickly become one of the most popular shows of it’s genre. The show features exclusive snippets of forthcoming music yet to be released, regular guest mixes from some of the most legendary house music dj’s and plenty of features which make the show feel more like a mainstream radio programme but with real house music.
Guests to date have included : ATFC, Christian Alvarez, CJ Macintosh, DeepCitySoul, DJ Meme, Eric Kupper, Groove Assassin, Jamie Lewis, Jask, Jazztronik, Joey Negro, Kiko Navarro, Lovebirds, MK, Ralf Gum, Richard Earnshaw, Scott Wozniak, Soulmagic, Soul Purpose, Steve «Silk» Hurley & Yass.