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Diggin' w/ Ballads

Ballads is a Producer/DJ based out of Portland, Oregon. Formerly known as Trap & Jersey Club inspired artist Gangsigns. His early foucs was concetrated on SoundCloud, which quickly cultivated a loyal fanbase. The sparks of Nick's early career caught fire in 2014 when he began throwing monthly parties in Portland called: VERIFIED. The forward-thinking club night had emphasis on niche club tunes and Trap mashups, and quickly a platform diverse enough to bring his online vision to the masses. Verified's success led to multiple tours and attention from leading names in the electronic music industry. He has shared stages with Lido, Trippy Turtle, Hudson, Mohawke, RL Grime, Wave Racer, Ekali, Brodinski, Virgil Albloh, XXYYXX, Rezz, Aminé, Goldlink, promnite, Plastician, Sonny Digital, Mr. Carmack, and the list goes on. Nick has played many music festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, What The Festival, Tree Fort Music Fest, MusicFest NW. In 2017, Nick was also handpicked to join Red Bull Music Academy'S Bass Camp. Since then, Nick has rebranded under the moniker 'Ballads'. The vision behind 'Ballads' is to embrace his true self and his roots when it comes to creating art. Heavily influenced by 90's RnB and 90's house music. Ballads is ready to share his new vision with the world.


My sets are very nostalgic when it comes to my selection. I love playing my favorite old school tracks like ‘Better Off Alone’. I also try my hardest to blend elements of RnB into my sets. This track is perfect because it blends a dance classic with Justin Bieber’s Yummy and Ginuwine’s Pony. It’s always easy to transition into it too. Jarreau Vandal = Cheat Codes.

This one right here will get you asking for the ID. Always been a secret weapon in my sets. Possibly one of the hardest Prodigy remixes I’ve ever heard. Baile Funk became a big piece with my sound.

Been a HUGE fan of Paul Mond for some time now. We don’t get to hear much house music come from him. This track off this little house pack he came out with. It’s a go to for me when I play house music. I love anything that sounds like it came from the 90s era.

This is another secret weapon of mine. Almost guarantees a wheel up every time. Been big into UK Garage and 2-step the last few years. The bass really hits hard in the club when it drops. HUGE banger.

Best Kendrick Lamar ‘The Hillbillies’ remix out there. SJAYY and GUTTA are some of Jersey’s S-Tier producers. Jersey Club is another big piece of my sound. You really can’t get any better than these two producers from New Jersey.


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