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Greg began DJing in 1975 and is regarded as one of the most important figures on the UK dance scene. He enjoyed hugely popular residencies in the early eighties at Wigan Pier and Manchester’s majorly influential Legend, having originally started out in his hometown of New Brighton. He was a pioneer of mixing in the UK and in 1983 he became the first ‘dance music’ specialist hired for a regular weekly session at Manchester’s now legendary Haçienda club. Greg was instrumental in breaking the new electronic, post-disco records coming out of New York, a sound he has dubbed ‘Electro-Funk’.
In 2003 he set up electrofunkroots, a website documenting this crucial era in the evolution of dance culture. After a two decade hiatus from the booth, he returned to DJing and soon welcomed bookings throughout Europe and, subsequently, worldwide.
Greg was the first DJ to mix live on British TV, putting together the first UK radio mixes of their type for Piccadilly 261 in Manchester and showing a certain Norman Cook (later Fatboy Slim) how to scratch.
Nominated by DJ magazine for outstanding contribution, and also named amongst their top twenty remixers of all-time, Greg’s recent remix credits have included Grace Jones, The XX, Groove Armada, Bryan Ferry, Steve Mason, Joan As Police Woman and Simian Mobile Disco, whilst he’s edited tracks by A Guy Called Gerald, Talking Heads, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Electronic, Imagination and Missy Elliot.
In January 2009 Greg’s reputation was further enhanced when his Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 became something of an instant classic, receiving almost universal acclaim and was selected as one of 10 classics that spanned the show’s near 17 year history.
Greg’s Blog, ‘Being A DJ’, was launched in June 2010, and now carries over 250 posts and close on a million site visits to date. Greg’s observations on various aspects of club culture now an online touchstone for an ever-increasing amount of dance enthusiasts and aficionados.
In August 2010 he co-curated (with Jack Hemingway) the Warehouse and Roller Disco areas at the inaugural Vintage Festival at Goodwood, which proved to be an overwhelming success, being named ‘Best New Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards (Greg also being nominated in the ‘Best Feel Good Act Of The Summer’ category). The following year he and Jack curated the Warehouse and Style Studio areas as Vintage was hosted at London’s Southbank.
He has produced a series of documentary podcasts, Time Capsule, Random Influences and Early 80’s Floorfillers, as well as the long-running blog series, Living To Music, where people were encouraged to listen to a monthly album selection in their home environment. This served to influence other related events, Colleen Murphy’s successful Classic Album Sundays audiophile experience included.
2013 marked the 10th anniversary of his DJ return. It was also the year when Greg took his first steps back into record production, via Schooled In The Classics #1, a pairing of groove-based dance tunes put together to play out at his gigs. As curator of the vinyl-only A&R Edits, he’s helped draw attention to up and coming Re-Editors like Henry Greenwood, Sophie Lloyd, Fingerman, Peza and Derek Kaye.
Away from the dancefloor, Greg has given talks on music and DJ culture at numerous events including Afro Modern @ The Tate Gallery in Liverpool, Vintage @ London Southbank, Salon @ Standon Calling & Festival No. 6 and on a panel alongside legendary figures Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder @ ADE in Amsterdam.
In 2014 he unveiled the multi-media label Super Weird Substance, focusing on recording and live events.
UPCOMING DJ DATES:
Fri May 1st – Edinburgh / Bar Soba
Sat May 2nd – Dundee / Reading Rooms
Sun May 3rd – Glasgow / Melting Pot
Sat May 16th – London / Plan B
Sat May 23rd – Lincolnshire / Lost Village Festival
Sun May 24th – Stoke / The Exchange