Paul Nice is a DJ, producer and self-declared Renaissance Man originating from Poughkeepsie, New York and claiming the Bay Area as his second home. First getting his start in 1982, Nice began mastering the art of DJing from all angles, weaving between being a club DJ, mixtape DJ, radio DJ, tour DJ, and party rocker before beginning to hone his skills as a producer. Solidifying himself as a force to be reckoned with in the indie hip-hop scene in the late ‘90s, Nice went on to work with the likes of Biz Markie, the Beastie Boys, Tony Touch, Guru (Gang Starr), Talib Kweli, Black Thought (The Roots), Lord Finesse, Masta Ace, Rhymefest, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and more, developing his own catalog of remixes and production credits. His DJing has taken him around the world, with tour stops from New York to LA, London to Paris, Toyko to Sydney and everywhere in between.
Nice broke through to a larger audience with the release of several mixes, such as Breaks for Days and Soul on the Grill. He has also been reputed for his technical skills as a DJ, with turntablist purists such as Q-Bert, Babu, and Rob Swift praising him for his Battle Break series, “5 Fingers of Death.” Additionally, his infamous Drum Library series was also utilized by the likes of Kanye West and Common, with many praising him as one of the first to curate such a wealth of sounds for producers to build their tracks with, creating over a dozen volumes. As a DJ and producer, Paul Nice specializes in hip-hop, soul, jazz funk, disco, Brazilian, dub, and dancehall.