Greg Wilson 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. He was a pioneer of mixing in the UK and in 1983 he became the first “dance music” DJ hired for a regular weekly session at Manchester’s now legendary Hacienda 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 his own website electrofunkroots.co.uk to document this crucial era in the evolution of dance culture and, having retired from DJ work at the end of 1983, Greg returned to spinning tunes two decades later, receiving plaudits for his red-hot appearances at renowned nights including Electric Chair, Horse Meat Disco, Fabric, Back To Basics, Ministry Of Sound, Asylum, Melting Pot and the Sub Club, to name but a few. Before long he was picking up an ever increasing amount of bookings throughout Europe and, more recently, worldwide.
In 2005 Tirk Records released “Credit To The Edit“, a compilation of re-edits spanning Greg’s entire career, some even original tape edits from way back when (Greg still uses his trusty old Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape machine when DJing out). This wasn’t his first compilation either, having collaborated on most of the tracks to appear on the Street Sounds “UK Electro” LP in 1984, as well as being the selector behind the “Classic Electro” LP in 1994.
Other firsts for Greg include being the first DJ to mix live on British TV (The Tube in 1983), putting together the first UK radio mixes of their type for Piccadilly 261 in Manchester (beginning 1982) and showing a certain Norman Cook, then a young aspiring DJ called Quentin, how to scratch (Dec ’83). Greg has written for magazines like Wax Poetics, Clash, Grand Slam and Discopia, and presented a monthly online radio series “Time Capsule” on Samurai FM.
Nominated by DJ magazine for outstanding contribution, and also named amongst their top twenty remixers of all-time, Greg’s edits and mixes continue to feature on the playlists of DJ’s in every continent.
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, in the process, providing the perfect way to commemorate the 5th anniversary of a remarkable renaissance.
Mix: Greg Wilson – Essential Mix (17.01.2009) (via newmixes.com)
Mp3: Dc Le Groove – Disco Deviance (Greg Wilson Edit)
Mp3: Sugar Daddy – State Of Play (Greg Wilson Mix)
Mp3: Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (Greg Wilson Edit)
Further you can see 1st UK DJ mix live on TV in 1983 and Greg Wilson’s more recent performance in 2006.
Greg Wilson On The Tube – 1st UK DJ to mix live on TV (25.02.83)
Greg Wilson @ Revolver, Melbourne (October 2006)