Bok Bok

Award: Recording And Releasing Music (Do it Differently)

Year: 2020

Genre: Electronic

Instrument/voice type: Producer

Location: London


Bok Bok is Alex Sushon - DJ, producer, & co-founder & exec of cult London label Night Slugs.

Moving from Ukraine to South London in ’92, Bok discovered music via the jungle & garage that saturated this new environment, as much as the pop, metal, rap and trance videos on MTV and The Box. It wasn’t until Bok left school that London’s pirate radio stations started to pump out grime music, and they were hooked. Scoping out the latest 12” white labels and practicing non-stop became a way of life, and soon Bok began DJing on pioneering internet radio station UTZ and at impromptu parties and squat raves at Camberwell’s now-defunct venue the Redstar (alongside London staples like Oneman and Hessle Audio).

A hunger for raw club sounds soon drew Bok beyond Grime to other, highly compatible music from Chicago, Baltimore, Jersey, Detroit and Durban - a combined blend of international club music, with a London-soundsystem mentality at its core. Picking up Ableton was the next step and soon a new sound was starting to take shape via bootlegs, remixes and original productions by Bok as well as other likeminded friends like Girl Unit, Jam City, Kingdom, Ikonika, Egyptrixx and L-Vis 1990.

Bok and L-Vis started Night Slugs in 2008, a party and home for the new wave of club music emerging from the crew. In 2010 NS became a record label, which Bok headed up as de facto exec producer (as well as art-director, mixing engineer, accountant, publicist etc etc!). Despite the label's DIY ethos, Night Slugs captured imaginations, taking the crew around the world to DJ and perform. A decade+ later Night Slugs has changed the landscape of music, reconfiguring club music and seeping ideas into the mainstream.

In 2013 Bok first worked with Kelela, producing 2 tracks for her debut project "Cut 4 Me", and later dropping the minimal, funky collaboration "Melba's Call" on NS. Their creative relationship continues with numerous live sets, Bok's productions for her 2017 debut LP "Take Me Apart" (later refixed by Bok as the bootleg tape "Dub Me Apart") and onwards into the future.

Since 2018 Bok became an engineer for hire, bringing a signature 'realistic' Night Slugs treatment to a wide variety of musix.

Currently Bok continues to DJ globally as well as produce, remix, engineer and release records on Night Slugs, while maintaining their long-standing residency on London's Rinse FM.
Help Musicians support will go towards my new community-driven record label/collective project, set to release a new wave of instrumental hip hop productions in the new year.