VJ Spook (a.k.a Nick Palin), has been working as a VJ since before the turn of the century, providing innovative visual stimuli for audiences at clubs, events, tours and festivals all over Australia.
With a strong professional background in digital media, an honours degree in multimedia production and an amateur interest in motion graphics since childhood – Spook began dabbling in live performance video as soon as he could get into clubs, and a professional career as a VJ soon followed. Since then, his style has developed through work on a range of the largest productions in Australia, across a variety of musical genres, while supporting some of the most creative and greatest acts in the world today.
Since 2004, Spook has focused a majority of his energy into the Australian Hip Hop scene, holding long-term residencies at legendary Sydney club nights like Funktrust and 411. While at the same time providing visuals at concerts for international touring artists such as Public Enemy, Ice T, Kool Keith, Jazzy Jeff, KRS One and many, many more. As a VJ, he has toured Australia with hip hop heavyweights such as Mix Master Mike, De La Soul, DJ Format, as well as Swollen Members and DJ Q*Bert. In 2006 he joined Snob Scrilla to tour with the band until 2008, when he joined Bliss n Eso as their resident tour VJ – a title which he holds to this day.
With the release of the Pioneer DVJX-1 back in 2004, Spook began working more with audio as well as video. He became one of the Australian brand ambassadors for Pioneer, demonstrating the unit at various events and showcases. It wasn’t until the release of Serato Video and the Rane TTM57 that his passion for AVDJing was truly sparked however, as the live flexibility was exactly what he had been looking for. It was at this time he began teaching himself various production and DJing techniques, which he developed alongside his visual performance style.
In 2012 Spook began working with Sydney DJ Raine Supreme on their AV partnership known as NTSC. After a debut Australian tour supporting legendary oz hip hop originators Def Wish Cast, they went on to release their first full length video mixtape “Rappin to the Beat” to a fanfair of praise from the international AV elite. Since then they’ve supported artists such as Jurassic 5, Afrika Bambaataa, Pharoahe Monch, George Clinton and Parliament.
Spook’s commitment to live spontaneity and continual experimentation has seen him build a style comparable to none, while earning him commendations from many of the global music industry’s leaders.