A Guy Called Gerald
Acid house pioneer A Guy called Gerald will be digging deep into his record collection along with back to basics resident and former Hacienda spinner Buckley, Push:on’s Michael Russell and DAVOS T FUNK who will be bringing us a special 20 minute live show.
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Where do you start with A Guy Called Gerald? A hidden gem, the gateway between Chicago house / Detroit Techno and the UK dance music explosion in the late 80s. He is one of a few special producers who entered dance music in the jacking zone. He is the first UK acid house producer and probably the first producer to have two instrumental dance tracks in the UK charts at the same. He formed 808 State with a drum machine, a 303, 2 Roland SH101s and 2 other humans. His collaborations stem from Frankie Knuckles, Goldie, Finley Quaye and Derrick May through to Herbie Hancock, remixed for David Bowie, Lamb, Stone Roses, Black Uhuru, Can, Tricky, Roman Fluegel and The Orb and toured with New Order, Tricky and Bebel Gilberto.
When the history of postmodern dance music is written he is ubiquitous: his visions, his stylistic versatility and open mindedness had a huge influence on the development of global dance culture. Very early on, he experimented with acid house and helped pioneer the style that was later called jungle and drum'n'bass. Fiercely independent he's preparing himself for a string of new releases, the launch of his online shop and touring worldwide.
The Manchester scene in the late 80s radiated from the Hacienda. It was a place which grew to be a breeding ground for the likes of Laurent Garnier and Chemical Brothers and in the Summer of Love the Hacienda had a theme tune called Voodoo Ray. It was A Guy Called Gerald's first release in 1988 and became a seminal classic that put British house music firmly on the map. As part of 808 State’s first incarnation he co-produced another Hacienda classic, Pacific State. He soon decided to concentrate on his solo project and toured worldwide (and with a quarter of a ton of equipment!) performing live.
In the early 90s he launched his own label Juice Box and released a series of 12"s that were the blueprint to what would become jungle. In 1992 he compiled these releases into the proto jungle classic "28 Gun Bad Boy" album. In 1995 he followed up with the definitive "Black Secret Technology" to critical acclaim. Black Secret Technology featured Finley's Rainbow with vocals by Finley Quaye and a collaboration with Goldie. Finley's Rainbow featured Finley Quaye who later re-released the tune on his debut album. In 2005 Knowledge Magazine ranked "28 Gun Bad Boy" EP was as the No. 1 jungle single of all time. His sound was an inspiration to many - Goldie, LTJ Bukem and DJ Krust have all stated his influence.
But never wanting to be stereotyped into any particular style of music his sound continued to develop. In 2000 he signed with !K7 Records and released "Essence" with guest vocals from singer/songwriter Wendy Page, Lady Kier and Finley Quaye. In 2005 the down tempo "To All Things What They Need". In 2005 he launched his Sugoi and Protechson labels. His latest album "Proto Acid / The Berlin Sessions", released on Berlin's Laboratory Instinct, is an infectious 71 minute continuous mix recorded live.
He continues to tour bringing his studio into the clubs worldwide playing anywhere from 2 to now legendary 14 hour LIVE sets – no DJ software, no gimmicks, just raw, pure, undiluted AGCG riddums strictly for the dancefloor.
In a little over three months, Northern promoter, pianist, raver and producer Davos shot to success courtesy of his hit Youtube clip of 90s piano classics which went viral around Christmas 2012 and Davos has never looked back since.
It was a chance surprise at a house party where Davos performed his classic piano anthem live show for the first time which has catapulted the Blackpool born artist to gigs such as Sankey’s Hacienda party, Bestival, The Garden Festival Croatia, The Masked Ball in Porthleven, Glastonbury, T-in-the Park and the opening of the International Music Summit in Ibiza and with a lot of international shows in the offing for 2013 as his live set is increasingly in demand.
In case you haven’t seen the Youtube clip from where it all started you can check it out here.
BUCKLEY :: www. soundcloud.com/buckley
Buckley’s DJing career kicked off at the start of the acid house explosion in the UK. He was resident for some of the seminal, groundbreaking nights in musical history. Buckley played the opening records on the opening night for Renaissance in Mansfield where he held his first residency. Later he became a resident at the legendary Hacienda club in Manchester. As well as these residencies he also played alongside live acts such as Inner City, Ten City and was a DJ for M People on their first ever-European tour.
As Buckleys reputation continued to grow this lead to more residencies and more & more guest appearances at clubs throughout the world as well as his first overseas residency at ‘We Love Sundays’ at Space in Ibiza. These days Buckley’s experience, versatility and skills shine consistently and although he has an expansive knowledge of many styles his focus, when DJing, producing or remixing is on quality house music.
Over the last ten years Buckley has been a resident at the longest weekly house night in the world Back to Basics in Leeds, & Just Jack in Bristol. Guest spots at the likes of Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Glasgow’s Sub Club and Below in Birmingham have served to reinforce his credentials throughout the world. His Back to Basics residency and alongside his longevity in the industry means its safe to say there isn’t a DJ Buckley hasn’t played with throughout his career.
Previous releases on labels such as Dust Trax, Made to Play, One Records, 2020 Vision, Extended Play & Back to Basics records, have seen Buckley’s sound make a huge impact globally time and time again. His hit in 2006 on Jesse Rose’s Made to Play label titled, “Bloc Party” got to number 22 in Mixmag’s top 100 tunes of that year. Remixes include Jet Project, Unkle’s, “Hold My Hand, Markus Nikolai’s,“Bushes” on Classic Recordings. “Psycho” on 20/20 Vision.
Together with this extensive list of remixes, Buckley’s own tracks have been remixed by some of the biggest names in the industry including Chris Duckenfield, Jamie Jones, Geddes, Subb-An & One Records head honcho Adam Shelton.
Fast forward to recent times Buckley has been back in the studio and has some incredible new releases due out this summer. Look out for brand new tracks on Viva Recordings, Extended Play, Nature Beat & Hot Creations. With these confirmed releases, and a couple of secrets still to be revealed together with debut appearances at DC10 in Ibiza & at The Secret Garden Party in the UK the Summer of 2012 and beyond appears to be one to remember for Buckley.
Catch Buckley at a club near you soon and look out for his DJ sets, productions and remixes as his musical roots, passion and talent continue to blossom at every turn, serving as inspiration to all.
MICHAEL RUSSELL :: www.soundcloud.com/mrrussellpushon
Leed’s party animal and the backbone of the Rokeby Garden’s basement party “Push:on”. A great DJ with an amazing back catalogue of old records perfect for warming up an event like this. :-)