Nicky Siano is a pioneer of the dance music scene in the early seventies. He was the owner/designer/DJ of the legendary seventies dance palace THE GALLERY, a club that inspired The Garage and Studio 54. He inspired and launched the careers of Grace Jones, D.C. La Rue, Loleatta Holloway, Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles, to name a few. His recent party at TWELVE WEST, 1999-2002, was heralded by New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Time Out, Hx, Next, Flyer, DJ Times and Paper Magazine as the party of the year.
"Nicky Siano invented the segue." New York Magazine's 35th Anniversary issue, April 2003, Nicky is named as one of the "100 People who Changed New York."
"Nicky Siano IS dance music." Play Magazine, March 2003 (Australian Tour)
“DJ Legend Nicky Siano remains an important figure in the music industry.” Time Out magazine, September 2001
“Nicky Siano, the legendary Studio 54 DJ, finally returns with a new
weekly party…Nicky concentrates on the vibe rather than the classics
of an era. One of the moist welcome parties in recent years.”
Flyer magazine, April 1999
In 2004, SOUL JAZZ RECORDS released the first GALLERY COMPILATION, which is an incredible historic package, that includes rare photo's and narration by Nicky, in an impressive casing.
Nicky is featured in MAESTRO, the documentary playing around the world chronicling the life and times of Larry Levan, now available on DVD. In Tim Lawrence's epic book, LOVE SAVES THE DAY, the definitive book on the seventies dance music scene, Nicky's career is chronicled in some detail.
In MTV/VH1's THE DAY DISCO RULED THE WORLD, Nicky is the comic relief and shines threw the many big names on this project. The special is being shown on music channels around the world..
INSPIRA RECORDS was started this year by Nicky, 2004, and the first release SMOKING IT by Automagic is a dance floor staple at the LOFT and many other major clubs. Other releases include "Love Serenade", "Kiss me Again", and "The Power of Love".
A film shot at the Gallery 1975-77, featuring dance scene's that cannot be recreated today, interviews, and the story of one of the patrons, is being edited for release, 2008. A NIGHT AT THE GALLERY, will actually take the viewer in, and guide him threw a night at the legendary club, in 5.1 surround sound. THIS IS THE PROJECT NICKY CONCENTRATES ON NOW IN 2008, as he prepares for the next phase of life.
Nicky’s career began in 1971 and within one year, at the
age of seventeen, he opened his own club, THE GALLERY. NY Daily News named
him “the city’s best DJ,” Women’s Wear Daily called
him “a genius behind the turntables,” and New York Magazine called
his club, The Gallery, “one of the five most visually breathtaking nightspots
of our time.” Grace Jones and Loleatta Holloway both made their debut
appearances at his legendary nightspot.
It was no coincidence that when Steve Rubelle opened Studio 54 he chose Nicky as one of the two original DJ’s, the other was Ritchie Cazor, who has since passed. Continuing his work at the Gallery on the weekends, Nicky weaved his magic during the week at Studio and other many legendary clubs, including Le Jardin, The Grand Ballroom, Galaxy 21, The Limelight, Enchanted Gardens, Hurrah, and The Botel. When the Gallery closed in 1977 he took his regular Saturday night party to The Buttermilk Bottom where it continued for the next three years. He played for Bianca Jagger's legendary birthday party at , Studio 54, where she rode in on a white stallion.
In 1977, he became the first DJ to produce a record-- the underground classic “Kiss Me Again” on Sire Records sold more than 300,000 copies. In 1983, Nicky produced and wrote the top ten--dance classic “Pick It Up.”
From 1984 until 1998, Nicky worked with people with AIDS. In 1993 he wrote the best selling AIDS manual "No Time to Wait".
He returned to the turntables at 'Body and Soul' for Larry Levan’s Birthday celebration, July 1998. That one appearance returned him to music full time. Since then he has played records steadily, most consistently at the smash hit party, TWELVE WEST in New York, at Cheetah. He mixed “Believe In Yourself” by Melissa Morgan, “I’m Comin’” By Taana Gardner, “Pillow Talk” by Jazzhole, “Tiger Stripes” by Nicky Siano and produced a new CD, LIVE MY LIFE. His most recent 12" POWER OF LOVE is available on the music page of this web site.
Tour information on this site in Tour Schedule.
Nicky’s deserves to be called a legend. He is one of a hand full of DJ's who started the dance music scene in New York, and he's one of the few that are left standing.
TOUR SCHEDULE | BOOKING AGENT | GALLERY MOVIE TRAILER | TOUR PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS | NICKY'S MUSIC | GALLERY PHOTOS
TWELVE WEST PARTYTWELVE WEST PARTY | PRESS | MUSIC MIXES | E-MAIL LIST | HOME | MOVIE OF NICKY'S CAREER PT 1 | MOVIE PT 2 | MOVIE PT 3