Fergie (DJ)

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Fergie (born Robert William Ferguson, 16 November 1979)[1] is an Northern Irish DJ and electronic music artist from Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.[2] Initially playing hard house in the DJ sets of his early career, he is now better known f

Fergie at a BBC Radio 1 event.

or playing and producing House and Techno music. He also presented his own radio show on BBC Radio 1 for 4 years.[3]

Fergie played his first set at the age of 14 in his native Larne. Allegedly a milk crate was used so that he could reach the decks. Being underage, he was soon ejected from the premises by the police. He followed this by building his reputation at Armagh's The Met, promoted by friend Mark Dobbin. Before moving to London he met Tony de Vit while DJing at Lush! in Kelly's, Portrush. De Vit would become Fergie's mentor, playing together at Trade in Turnmills.[4] Through the 1990s he played at clubs across the UK including Sundissential and Godskitchen. He was also popular in Ibiza, DJing at Privilege, Space and Bora Bora. He has featured in the "DJ Mag Top 100 DJs" poll 7 years in a row (between 2000 and 2006) and currently holds the record for the highest new entry since the poll began, achieved when he was voted 8th in 2000.[5] He's currently living in Las Vegas and has secured a residency at the newly opened Hakkasan Nightclub. He is working under the name Fergie (DJ)

BBC Radio 1[edit]

In 2001 he was signed by BBC Radio 1, initially as a bi-monthly resident for its Essential Mix radio show.[6] He went on to record 4 Essential Mixes that year and to date has recorded a total of 8.[7] After his first Essential Mix, Fergie won the "Essential Relief" battle of the DJs style competition which was broadcast live on Radio 1 from the nightclub Home in London, in aid of Comic Relief. He beat Carl Cox and Jon Carter in his first 2 heats and in the final he beat Fatboy Slim. The other competing DJs were Judge Jules, Seb Fontaine, Lottie and Darren Emerson.[8] In 2002 he began hosting his own weekly Friday night show.[9] His first radio show was broadcast live from Larne F.C.'s Inver Park stadium and was billed as his homecoming. Over the lifetime of the show, there were also live broadcasts from Ibiza,[10] Miami,[11] Glastonbury,[12] the Global Gathering festival (UK),[13] the Creamfields festival (UK),[14] the Skol Beats festival (Brazil),[15] Coloursfest (UK),[16] Planet Love (UK),[17] and The Met nightclub in Northern Ireland.[18] These live shows typically featured a live DJ set from Fergie instead of his usual show structure. The show later moved to a Saturday night slot. In September 2006, Fergie left Radio 1 due to the station's schedule revamp on evening and weekend shows.[19] The final show aired 23 September 2006 and was broadcast live from Kellys nightclub in Northern Ireland[20] where he interviewed his mother and brother amongst others.[21] During the time of his radio show he was also a monthly columnist for Mixmag. The column was titled Fergie's Future Heroes and together with his radio show provided exposure for up and coming talent. He recorded a monthly podcast titled '"Fergie's Excentric Muzik Session'" in 2011 which ran for 10 episodes and could be described as having a similar style and structure to his former radio show.[22]

Record Labels[edit]

In 2007 Fergie launched his own record label by the name of Excentric Muzik.[23] In 2008 he launched a second label with Mr Henry Von called Rekluse.[24] In 2010 the pair launched a third label together called Tribal Rage.[25]

Discography[edit]

As well releasing many singles of his own work, he has released a number of mix albums for labels including Ministry of Sound and remixed artists such as Tears For Fears[26] Slam,[27] Umek,[28] UNKLE[29] and Silicone Soul.[30] Fergie released his debut album Dynamite & Laserbeams on his Excentric Muzik label in 2010.[31]

Singles[edit]

  • Fergie - People Are (Still Having Sex) / Ooh Sir! - Trade (1997)
  • Fergie - Friction - Rudeboy Recordings (1999)
  • Trauma Vs Fergie - They're Out To Get Me - Tidy Trax (2000)
  • Fergie - Deception - Duty Free Recordings (2000)
  • Fergie & BK - Hoovers and Horns - Nukleuz (2000)
  • Fergie - The Bass EP - Duty Free Recordings (2002)
  • Fergie - Teknoise - Duty Free Recordings (2003)
  • Fergie & Mauro Picotto - Funkytime - Alchemy (2005)
  • Splinter Cell Feat Fergie - Moods Vol 2 - Platform (2005)
  • Fergie - Cheeky Biscuits Vol. 1 - ELP (2005)
  • Fergie - Ken The Men EP - Punch Funk (2006)
  • Fergie - The Yarg - ELP (2006)
  • Fergie - El Capitano - Excentric Muzik (2007)
  • Fergie - The Black Shines Through The Black EP - Craft Music (2007)
  • Fergie & Gregor Tresher - Recluse - Great Stuff (2007)
  • Fergie - The Larne Express - Excentric Muzik (2008)
  • Fergie - The Me EP - Excentric Muzik (2008)
  • Fergie - Break-In / Break-Out - Excentric Muzik (2008)
  • Fergie - For The Wee Small Hours EP - Excentric Muzik (2008)
  • Fergie - Ireland - Great Stuff (2008)
  • Fergie - Blackeye-P / The Baddness - Excentric Muzik (2008)
  • Fergie, Alan Fitzpatrick, Reset Robot - Collaborations EP Vol. 1 - 8 Sided Dice (2009)
  • Fergie - Exit EP - 1605 (2009)
  • Fergie - Eye Of Storm / Maktub - Excentric Muzik (2009)
  • Fergie - Ragaroo - Excentric Muzik (2009)
  • Fergie - Motion - Excentric Muzik (2010)
  • Fergie - Konguro - Rekluse (2010)
  • Fergie - Slazenger - Excentric Muzik (2010)
  • Fergie - Dynamite & Laserbeams (Album Sampler) - Excentric Muzik (2010)
  • Fergie - The Resistance EP - Excentric Muzik (2011)
  • Fergie - RocketMan - Excentric Muzik (2011)
  • Fergie - The Rise - Excentric Muzik (2011)
  • Fergie & Matador - Dirty Dubz (From Dubz) - Excentric Muzik (2011)
  • Fergie - Blackout - Housekeepin Rekords (2011)
  • Fergie - The Edge - Excentric Muzik (2011)
  • Fergie - Off Da Floor / Well, Well, Well - Toolroom Records (2012)
  • Fergie - Rockin Muzik - Excentric Muzik (2012)
  • Fergie - Raptor - Toolroom Records (2012)

Chart singles[edit]

  • "Deception" (2000) - UK #47
  • "Hoovers & Horns" (2000) - UK #57
  • "The Bass EP" (2002) - UK #47[32]

† Billed as Fergie & BK

Remixes[edit]

  • The Tamperer - Hammer To The Heart (DJ Fergie Remix) - Jive Records (1999)
  • CJ Stone - Infinity (Fergie Remix) - Incentive (2001)
  • Tall Paul - Rock Da House (Fergie Remix) - VC Recordings (2001)
  • Da Hool - Meet Her At The Love Parade (Fergie Mix) - Kosmo Records (2001)
  • Tall Paul - Everybody's A Rockstar (Fergie Remix) - Duty Free Recordings (2001)
  • ESP - Traveller (Fergie Remix) - Neo (2011)
  • Pants & Corset - Wonderland (Fergie Remix) - N2 Records (2002)
  • Darren Christian - Neutron (Fergie Remix) - Duty Free Recordings (2003)
  • Tears For Fears - Shout (Fergie Excentric Double Dub) - Mercury Records (2004)
  • Salt City Orchestra - The Book (Fergie Remix) - Excentric Muzik (2007)
  • Bigger Than Jesus - Itchy Glitchy Spider (Fergie Remix) - Silver Planet (2008)
  • King Unique - Hinode (Fergie Remix) - Curfew (2008)
  • King Unique - Dirty (Fergie Remix) - Curfew (2008)
  • Umek - Gatex (Fergie Remix) - 1605 (2008)
  • Namito - City Of Gods (Fergie Remix) - Great Stuff (2009)
  • UNKLE - Trouble In Paradise (Fergieʼs Excentric Mix) - Surrender All (2009)
  • Yousef - Letter To No One (Fergie Remix) - Circus (2009)
  • Christian Smith & John Selway - Work It (Fergie Remix) - Tronic (2009)
  • Jet Project - Do It Like This (Fergie Remix) - Darkroom Dubs (2009)
  • Reset Robot - Softie (Fergie Remix) - Excentric Muzik (2009)
  • Slam - Positive Education (Fergieʼs ʻJust For Pressureʼ Mix) - Soma (2009)
  • Fiord - Zephyr (Fergie Remix) - Sprout (2009)
  • Psycatron - Directions (Fergie Remix) - Tronic (2009)
  • King Unique - Feniksas (Fergie Remix) - Bedrock (2010)
  • UNKLE - Follow Me Down (Fergieʼs Excentric Muzik Mix) - Surrender All (2010)
  • Joseph Capriati - Noise To Noise (Fergie Remix) - Analytictrail (2011)
  • Silicone Soul - Right On, Right On (Fergieʼs Super Soul Remix) - Soma (2011)

Albums[edit]

  • Fergie - Dynamite & Laserbeams - Excentric Muzik (2010)

DJ Mix Albums (Commercially Available)[edit]

  • Nukleuz Presents "Hard House Anthems" Mixed By BK & Fergie - Virgin (2000)
  • 7 Live #3 "Fergie" - DMC (2000)
  • Headliners: 03 "Fergie" - Ministry Of Sound (2001)
  • "Hard Energy" Mixed By Fergie and Yomanda - Ministry Of Sound (2001)
  • GK Summer Trance (CD3) - INCredible (2002)
  • Mixmag Live "Fergie" - DMC (2004)
  • Toolroom Presents "Rhythm Distrikt 02" Mixed By Fergie - Toolroom Records (2012)

DJ Mix Albums (Magazine Cover CDs)[edit]

  • M8 Presents "Trade Hotmix '99" Compiled and Mixed By Fergie and Guy Williams - M8 Magazine (1999)
  • Mixmag Presents "Let There Be Hard House" Exclusive Mix By Fergie - Mixmag (2000)
  • Fergie's Funky Techno Mix - Mixmag (2003)
  • DJ International Allstars "Fergie" - DJ Magazine (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ p.62 Mixmag December 2010 issue
  2. ^ Graham, Polly (2002). "24/7: Fergie minds lingo". Sunday Mirror. 
  3. ^ [1], BBC Radio 1, 2006
  4. ^ Northern Irish Music Industry Commission
  5. ^ [2] "Top 100 DJs", 2011
  6. ^ Jessica Hodgson, [3] "Radio 1 signs DJ Fergie", The Guardian, 6 March 2001
  7. ^ [4], MixesDB, 2012
  8. ^ [5] "Fergie Crowned King", NME, 2001
  9. ^ [6] "Fergie to host new show as part of revamped Friday nights on Radio 1", BBC Press Office, 15.03.02
  10. ^ [7] "Fergie's Tracklistings - 8/8/2003", BBC Radio 1, 2003
  11. ^ [8] "Fergie's Tracklistings: 22/03/03", BBC Radio 1, 2003
  12. ^ [9] "Fergie's Tracklistings - 27/6/2003", BBC Radio 1, 2003
  13. ^ [10], BBC Radio 1, 2005
  14. ^ [11], BBC Radio 1, 2004
  15. ^ [12], BBC Radio 1, 2005
  16. ^ [13], BBC Radio 1, 2006
  17. ^ [14], BBC Radio 1, 2006
  18. ^ [15] "Fergie's Tracklistings", BBC Radio 1, 2002
  19. ^ Radio 1 Homepage
  20. ^ [16], BBC Radio 1, 2006
  21. ^ [17], BBC Radio 1, 2006.
  22. ^ [18] "Fergie's Excentric Muzik Session", iTunes, 2012
  23. ^ [19], Beatport, 2012
  24. ^ [20], Beatport, 2012
  25. ^ [21], Beatport, 2012
  26. ^ [22], Discogs, 2012
  27. ^ [23], Beatport, 2012
  28. ^ [24], Beatport, 2012
  29. ^ [25], Beatport, 2012
  30. ^ [26], Beatport, 2012
  31. ^ [27] "Fergie Plays With Dynamite and Laserbeams", Resident Advisor, 27 August 2010
  32. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 198. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.