Dj, recording artist and outright party animal
Gary Gecko, has been the man behind the infamous Gecko Samui Beach Parties for the last 10 years and pioneer of what is now a thriving international club scene on the tropical island..
Hosting events from Grammy Award winning band Dirty Vegas LIVE, The Godfather of House.. Marshall Jefferson Danny Rampling’s “Last Ever” professional gig to Ministry of Sound’s “Chillout Sessions” Gary’s never had to do a lot of arm twisting to bring the likes of Norman Jay MBE, Graeme Park, Dub Pistols, Mark Knight, Hoxton Whores, Smokin’ Jo, Peace Division, Jon Carter, Terry Farley, Dave Seaman, The Freestylers, Brandon Block, Lisa Loud, Ricardo Villalobos, Nightmares On Wax, Leeroy Thornhill, Krafty Kuts & Tim Sheridan to name a few that have graced the Gecko Stage and chewed the fat with V.I.P guests the likes of Jay Kay & Mick Jagger.
But that’s not the half of this man’s many talents..
In between running Gecko Samui and touring the globe DJ’ing at the coolest venues from Ibiza to Japan, you’ll find him in the studio doing what he loves best.. making music!
With some strong releases over the last few years such as
“Bomb the Terrace”, “Double Drop” and the silk stocking filler “She’s Hardcore” out on Toolroom a couple of years ago, Gary’s now taking it to another level. With over 15 brand new tracks finished and busting to get out there, the best way he know’s how… D .I .Y !
A brand new label "Gecko Records" masterminded by the Thailand legend himself, is set to make a monster impact amongst the dance music industry.
The first release, "Dskasting" with quality vocals from Feral (formally known as MC Kinky...memorable for the Massive hit "Everything Starts with an E") an absolute club winner with a tough edge yet strong energetic vibe was a must for all Dj's bag!!
This Gary Gecko & Pigbwoy collaboration has a host of remixes stemming from Dogtown Clash (Barry ashworth from the Dub Pistols), Leeroy Thornhill (from the Prodigy), the man who is - Jon Carter, Kriss Darang and Sanyi & Tritone a total complete package is delivered containing a remix for everyone.
2008 was a big year for Mr Gecko, which ended on a Massive high on New Year’s Eve with the LAST EVER night at the Gecko beach venue!
It was last night of all last nights!” with the line up and guests consisting of
the "who’s who" of the dance industry.
So after 10 years of magical memories on the beach, Gecko Moved..
'Onwards & Upwards' to a magical new venue built from scratch..
Samui now had an absolutely stunning new Gecko with one of the most
amazing views you'll ever see..
Until October 9th 2009 at 2pm, when disaster struck..
An electrical power surge in an extention socket caught fire while the Gecko family were sleeping off a busy night
and they woke up with the room ablaze. Escaping only with their lives, they lost everything within minutes.
The whole building was gone and everything inside too. They had lost everything down to the clothes on their backs. All the sound equipment and Gary's vast 25 year vinyl collection was destroyed alongside cds, computers, back-up drives the lot!
Unfortunately they weren’t insured as they hadn’t completely finished the building works and with the thatched roof it wasn’t exactly fire proof!
Since the fire, friends on the island and around the world have rallied round to help in every way possible.
DJs and producers from around the world have been sending Gary music on hard discs and usb sticks to help him get back on track and also helped to organize the Gecko Rebirth events with star-studded line-ups alongside Gary's brother Chris to help rebuild the Gecko again!
Just two months down the line with a 50 strong force working around the clock, Gary's Vow to come back from the ashes became reality on New Years Eve when the newly built Gecko Samui opened it's doors, bigger, better and a lot more stylish with a fantastic new modern contemporary design in the same beautiful location on Bophut Hills.
2009 was Gary's 20th year as DJ and brought the opening of the NEW Gecko Samui,
"Black Flower" was the first release on Gecko Records' Green Label, coming out on Jan 9th 2009.
2010 brings some really special treats..
"The Greatest" also from Gary Gecko & Pigbwoy teaming up with Grammy winning Lyricist Keithen Carter and a Wicked collaboration with Gary, Keithen and The Godfather of House Marshall Jefferson "Up All Nite" with the one and only Curtis McClain on vocals..
Another with Gary, Keithen and Kriss Darang called "Better in The Dark" will also be released in the near future plus many more
There's also the follow-up to "Dskasting" with Feral, "Good Bad Ugly"
and a Big cover of Big Audio Dynamite coming out on the Orange label of Gecko Records in June 2009 and many many more things in the pipeline, so things are really looking very good for Gary Gecko!
Where did it all start..........
Gary Gecko was Inspired by the smoke and lights of London's original sweaty underground scene... Danny Rampling's "Shoom" at the fitness center in Southwark St, Lisa & Nancy's "Loud Noise" and "Future" at The Sound Shaft, with "Spectrum" Just next door at Heaven.... for Gary, it was exactly that!!
Stick a couple of weeks in Ibiza in with all that, getting amongst it under the stars at Amnesia and he was hooked! The sounds of Chicago Acid House Trax, Mr Fingers, Marshall Jefferson, Adonis, Nightwriters & co, blending incredibly with the Balearic anthems of Enzo Avitabile, The Wooden Tops, The Residents and Thrashing Doves catapulted Gary straight into the record shops.
Music had no boundaries for Gary after that and he found himself experimenting expanding the limits of House music (Musically of Course) Partying was and still is his favourite pastime and with the amount that man was doing then, he listened to a lot of music and built up an unbelievable record collection fast!
After what Gary called "an 18 month apprenticeship", getting his foot in the door at all of the top clubs and outdoor venues in Tenerife, he decided it was time to head back and assault London's clubs....only this time, not just as a spectator! Close friends Blaine and Barry Ashworth (now with Dub Pistols ) had opened De Ja Vu records in Covent Garden. It was while playing in the shop that Gary met Darren Emmerson. They went on to be residents together for more than a year @ "Foreplay" in the Gass and "Naked Lunch" @ The Emporium.
From then on, Gary established himself more and more playing in various clubs and events around London and the UK before deciding it was too cold for him in London SE3 and time to broaden his horizons and head for sunnier climbs onto playing Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Brazil, Hong Kong, Bangkok, & of course not forgeting the famous parties at his infamous Gecko Bar on the tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand!.........