DJ Nix Beat aka Nick Kuzmack is a Freelance Writer, Journalist, Copy Editor, Disc Jockey, and Record Collector. Kuzmack’s work is published by SLUG Magazine, Heatwave Magazine, Utah Stories and independently, here at Nixbeat.com. He is currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah Kuzmack holds duel-citizenship with the United Kingdom and the United States and has spent much of his life traveling back and forth between the two countries. In 2013 he graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Studies with an emphasis in History from Westminster College SLC.
Kuzmack jumped into journalism at age 17 by founding the political/ music zine Salt City Rag in Salt Lake City, . This zine covered a wide range of issues including environmentalism, politics and culture. Between 2007 and 2013 19 issues were published. After meeting UK Subs front-man Charlie Harper, Kuzmack was inspired to re-focus his zines on topics on more music related topics. In 2010, Kuzmack also founded the one issue socio-political and music/culture zine No More Heroes which was published in 2011.
In August 2013, Kuzmack began writing as a free-lance journalist for SLUG Magazine. There he provided concert coverage on artists and artists such as The English Beat, The Black Lips, Tinariwen and Sleater Kinney. Kuzmack has also provided coverage on the Punk Rock Bowling Music Festival and Riot Fest Denver. He has also interviewed a wide variety of artists including Colin McFaull of CockSparrer, Kid Congo Powers, Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers, Vivian Albertine of The Slits, Shana Cleveland of La Luz , Jon Doe and Exene Cervenka of X and Steve Drewett of Newtown Neurotics. In addition writing about pop-culture, Kuzmack has reported on the Black Lives Matter protests that were inspired by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. In July 2015, he was promoted to Senior Staff Writer and in May 2016 was awarded for his contributions to SLUG Magazine. Kuzmack also contribute to SLUG Magazine as a copy editor and on occasion as a DJ.
In December 2014 at Kuzmack joined Heatwave Magazine and started contributing by interviewing groups/artists such as The Vacant Lots, Fumaça Preta, The Gories, Keep Razors Sharp and Paul Collins of the Beat/The Nerves. Kuzmack has also written articles detailing the legacy of the late icons like Kim Fowley, Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie and the American music critic Lester Bangs. In June 2015, Kuzmack was promoted to Senior Correspondent.
In May 2016, Kuzmack began contributing to Utah Stories as a writer. For this publication he has covered Utah’s alternative culture, local businesses , artists and protests. Subjects include Cosmic Wolf Vintage, Sound and Vision Vinyl, Vague Space and Creative Energies.
As well as being published through these magazines, Kuzmack covers a wide range of topics —both pop culture and politically related—directly through Nixbeat.com. Here, Kuzmack has written about Utah Against Police Brutality, NOT OK Portland, the University of Utah’s chapter of Students For A Democratic Society, Utah Millennials for Bernie Sanders, the Atlanta record label In Crowd, and Vancouver based Mod/Powerpop band Fashionism. He has also written album reviews about Ivory Williams, Fashionism, Wild Racooon and his Striped Tail, Daisy and Moonshines and Mattiel.
Kuzmack also DJ’s at bars and venues in the Salt Lake Area. This move into DJ’ing professionally was inspired by years of subjecting his friends to his record collection at parties. As DJ Nix Beat, spins all-vinyl and maintains a growing collection of 60’s styled Soul, R&B, Mod/Garage Rock n’ Roll and 70’s styled Punk,Power Pop and Junkshop Glam. He has hosted nights at the Circle Lounge,Bar X/Beer Bar,The Republican and The Chakra Lounge.
He has also DJ’ed for The 2014 Joe Strummer Memorial Show, SLUG Magazine’s Annual SLUG Cat and for bands such as the Relationship, The Dirty Fences, The Vibrators , The Night Beats, The Cry and Ex-Cult. DJ Nix Beat has also guest Dj’ed in Portland, Oregon at Pop Tavern and has been invited to spin with DJ Fish for the Italian glam rock band Giuda and for Brian Moy‘s Dirty Rock & Roll Dance Party which features The Jackets (on their first North American Tour) The Darts (US), The Laissez Fairs and Thee Fourgiven. On November 18, 2017, he will DJ in London England for Heatwave Magazine’s 5th issue release party.
DJ Nix Beat has been featured for dJ’ing in SLUG Magazines November 2015 Localized Show and in the July/August 2016 issue of Salt Lake Magazine. He has also been a regular guest host on DJ Forgotten Boy’s Rock n’ Roll Radio Show and DJ Dum Dum Boy’s Echoplex on the K-UTE Internet Radio program at the University of Utah.