Trevor Nelson is one of the most high profile and influential figures on the UK’s soul and R&B scene partly because of his Rhythm Nation show on BBC Radio 1.
His rise to fame began in 1986 when he became one of the founding DJs behind the pirate station Kiss FM. Nelson remained a popular DJ at Kiss (which became legal in 1990) for 10 years and also worked closely with Jazzie B. of Soul II Soul. In the early 90s Nelson was hired as club promotions manager at the EMI Records’ imprint Cooltempo Records and soon progressed to head of A&R.
In 1996 Nelson moved to Radio 1 to present Rhythm Nation and was voted Best DJ at the first MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) awards in London. He has subsequently appeared on MTV presenting The Lick and on BBC Television fronting his own Urban Choice although he cites his greatest achievement as gaining ‘more of a profile for black people in radio’.
Nelson names Stevie Wonder Prince Chaka Khan and D’Angelo as the artists from whom he draws the greatest inspiration. He continues to work as an in-demand DJ all over Europe and promotes his own UK-based events.