1st Part : SPIRITUAL GROOVE IN CHURCH
St John at Hackney 6pm-11pm
A Guy Called Gerald ( LIVE )
Danton Eeprom ( LIVE )
2nd Part : SPIRITUAL GROOVE IN CLUB
DANCE TUNNEL / 11pm-4am
Elysee ( LIVE )
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For its first edition in London, Influence and Jeange presents a pioneer of electronic music in the UK: Gerald is both one of the initiators of acid house music as well as one of the most respected artists worldwide in a genre that is exclusive to him. It’s only in a symbolic place for spiritual groove that such performance could be held, and in this outlook the church of St John of Hackney was the perfect venue to host the event.
Seeking its spiritual groove, between occult vibrations & rumbling noise, Influence finds refuge in the church of St John Hackney.
A Guy Called Gerald
Manchester born and Berlin based electronic musician, Gerald Simpson’s life can be understood through his early influences. His Jamaican heritage gave him a passion for the battles parties in Man- chester while his adopted home of Berlin was industrial and raw. This led to his love for the machines which allowed him to master his craft.
Founding member of 808 State, Gerald made his name in 1988 with Voodoo Ray. His first solo LP celebrates the dawn of a rave new world that reached England and the world alongside electronic music. In this genre, Gerald is a
classicist. If you ask him ‘did you create the jungle style?’ he would respond that he is a hybrid mix of reggae, funk and techno. Though he is acclaimed for the birth of acid house, he would tell you it wouldn’t exist without the guys from Detroit.
He even remains humble with the choice of his stage name. Some say his name came from the first radio show
broadcasting of Voodoo Ray. As the radio host could not recall the name of the artist he finally announced: "Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald”. If Gerald did not create
European techno, he is surely one of the initiators. If he doesn’t want to de defined by a specific musical category it’s purely because Gerald is well aware that his music has no equal-It’s just ‘A Guy Called Gerald’.
Danton Eeprom :
French born and a London based producer, Danton’s deep roots in modern electronic music surely recall the name of Oscar Wilde in litera- ture. Danton’s perfectionism and aesthetic vision has built his unique energy with influences ranging from pop music to rock and new wave. His two albums Yes Is More in 2009 & If Looks Could Kill both released on Infiné along with about fifteen EPs gained him much merited noto- riety. We say he’s a techno dandy never far away from blasphemes.