Friends rally behind DJ jailed in Bali
By Luke Prendergast
FRIENDS of Byron Bay-based DJ Nick Taylor, in a Bali jail on drug charges, are believed to be going to raise money for any legal battle.
Taylor was arrested Sunday for alleged drug possession. Nicholas Bernard Taylor, 41, attended a party in a private villa in Kerobokan, which was owned by an Italian man under police surveillance.
Taylor is one of three foreigners detained and is accused of possessing about one gram of an undisclosed drug.
Taylor, Italian villa manager Andrea Baldini and a well-known Belgian chef, Jean Brouck, were being held at Denpasar police headquarters in a cell with 17 other prisoners.
Taylor was in Bali performing at a nightclub, Club 66, at Legian over the weekend. Media reports said he was one of three foreigners arrested on suspicion of possessing a small amount of hashish, heroin and cocaine, but police declined to confirm the type or quantity.
So far the men have not been charged.
Taylor is internationally known and has played regular gigs at the Beach Hotel, Hotel Great Northern, Play nightclub and Cocomangas nightclub over the past 12 years. He has been offered assistance by the Australian consulate-general in Bali.
Friends of Taylor are believed to be arranging a fund-%raising event to help meet% legal costs, but yesterday they were tight-lipped. Jonathon Russell, also know as DJ Rock Solid, said Taylor's family wished to keep the matter quiet.
"They want a bit of privacy," he said.
Taylor received support on his MySpace Internet page. DJ Tim Healey wrote, "Hey Buddy. We're all thinking of you here in Blighty. Good luck. x x x", while 'David' asked "What can we do to help?"
Indonesian police said they expect to arrest more people in relation to the raid.