Interview by Blurbs
Video & Photo by Lukas Turcksin
Keytrade and Horst share DIY entrepreneurship as a common denominator. With ‘Their Way’ they inspire their shared philosophy through a content series. ‘Their Way’ offers the stories of DIY entrepreneurs at the forefront of art, architecture and music. We delve into the messy, yet inspiring and insightful process of entrepreneurship. We celebrate and feature compelling stories, challenging initiatives and examples of integrity from around the world.
Nestled among the shady trees and houseboats of Regent’s Canal in a residential corner of Hackney Wick, Horst sat down with Niks, who is the co-founder slash ‘dot connector’ at Black Artist Database, formerly known as Black Bandcamp—today known affectionately as B.A.D. In our conversation, we retraced the steps back to that fateful moment of collective action that resulted in the world’s first global database of Black musicians, artists, DJs, and creatives. Niks, who is also a rising DJ talent, is using the platform to demonstrate the importance of seizing momentum, the Black community’s ability to generate beauty and healing from trauma, and the quiet power of waking up and asking, “How can I help?”