Nick Kuzmack aka Nix Beat is a writer and DJ over 10 years of experience in journalism, editing, copy writing, research, social media marketing and social networking. Kuzmack has Bachelor of the Arts in Political Studies from Westminster College SLC. While attending school he studied social justice, pop-culture, youth-culture, environmentalism, politics and music. These are subjects that continue to inspire his interests and are reflected in his work. He also holds duel-citizenship with the United Kingdom and the United States. Kuzmack has spent much of his life traveling between the two countries.
Kuzmack adheres to the philosophy a “you’re only as good as your last article.” A practice reflected in his written and DJ work. He has a proven track record of creating thought provoking and thoroughly researched articles. Kuzmack’s articles have been published by SLUG Magazine, Heatwave Magazine, Utah Stories, VisitUtah.com,and independently here at Nixbeat.com.
Kuzmack’s passion for writing started at age 17. Seeking to contribute to the Salt Lake City punk scene, he pursued journalism by founding the socio-political/ music zine Salt City Rag. Between 2007 and 2013 he assembled a staff of writers and published 19 issues.
In the summer of 2013, Kuzmack founded NixBeat and began independently covering a wide range of topics —both politically and in pop culture. Since August 2013, Kuzmack began contributing to SLUG Magazine. From January 2015 to November 2017 he also worked as copy editor. In July 2015, he was promoted to Senior Staff Writer and in May 2016 was awarded for his contributions as a writer, copy editor, and DJ.
Kuzmack has reported on protests, including the 2014 Black Lives Matter rallies in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has provided concert coverage on bands including The English Beat, Sleater Kinney, The Jackets and Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds. Kuzmack has also traveled to cover the music festivals Punk Rock Bowling Music Festival and Riot Fest Denver.
He has interviewed a wide variety of artists including Colin McFaull ( CockSparrer), Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers), Vivian Albertine (The Slits), Jon Doe (X) Exene Cervenka (X), Steve Drewett (Newtown Neurotics), Jeffery McCloy (Fashionism, Transmitors) and Reverend Beatman and Nicole Izobel Garica.
As a music writer, Kuzmack has reviewed albums by many artists, including Fashionism, Ivory Williams, Mattiel, The Jackets, Brain Bagz, Suicide Helpline, Gloria and Faz Waltz. In addition, Kuzmack has reviewed books including Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual, Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and It’s Legacy From The Seventies To The Twenty First Century, Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie, and Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture.
In addition to writing about music, Kuzmack DJ’s under the moniker Nix Beat. This interest in DJing was inspired by many years of subjecting his friends to his forever expanding record collection. As a strictly vinyl DJ, he has hosted events in Salt Lake City and Ogden Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada, Portland, Oregon and London, England. He has also DJ’ed for bands such as Protex, The Jackets, The Darts (US), Giuda, The Dirty Fences, The Vibrators , The Night Beats, The Cry and Ex-Cult.
For his DJ work, he has been featured in SLUG Magazine, Salt Lake Magazine, KUAA Radio and on the University of Utah’s K-UTE Internet Radio program. DJ Nix Beat currently enjoys several residences throughout Salt Lake City, Utah.