Thursday, March 15, 2012

Greg Wilson Live At The Roundhouse in Sydney

I want to start off by mentioning that U Street Music Hall is celebrating its Second Birthday this week.  I am so thankful to have such an amazing venue near where I live that consistently books some of the greatest dance music acts in the world.  Their sound system isn't too shabby either...  Tonight Maceo Plex is performing with support from Catz and Dogz and Eats Everything.  Check it out if you are in the area, its sure to be a great night of music.

Today we have a mix from Greg Wilson that was recorded live at the Roundhouse, University Of New South Wales, Sydney Australia on April 3 of this year.  If you are not familiar with Greg Wilson, well, shame on you.  He is a pioneer of dance music and undoubtedly one of the greatest DJs ever to walk the planet.  If I were to mention all of his accomplishments, this post would go on for days, but I will touch on a few that I found interesting.  Greg Wilson began his career in England when he was only 15 years old (he is now in his 50s).  In his earlier years he held residencies at legendary Manchester clubs Legends and The Hacienda (If you don't know about The Hacienda and the "Madchester" days I would highly recommend doing some research.)  He was also the first DJ to mix on live television in the United Kingdom and reportedly taught a young Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) how to scratch records.  In 1984, Greg Wilson retired from DJing to explore producing and other ventures.  He returned to DJing in 2003 with a new style but resumed his old habit of slaying dance floors.  In 2009 he hit the British airwaves on BBC's Radio 1 and laid down what is widely regarded one of the top ten Essential Mixes in the shows storied history. You can and should listen to it here: Greg Wilson Essential Mix.  To this day Greg Wilson does most of his remixing and mixing using tape that he has edited and a reel to reel.

Cover of Greg Wilson's 2005 Compilation Album "Credit to the Edit"
This mix is an hour long journey through several different genre's and era's of music.  It starts off with Kool and The Gang's 1974 hit "Jungle Boogie."  A few highlights of this mix for me were the incorporation of songs like "Slippery People," by the Talking Heads, "He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge, and "Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn.  It also has a variety of well placed samples that added a nice dimension.  This mix is a just one great example of Greg Wilson's magical mixing abilities.  Check his Soundcloud Page out for a treasure trove of mix tapes, live mixes and remixes.

ROUNDHOUSE SYDNEY 04.03.12 (greg wilson live mix) by gregwilson

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