Gilles Peterson

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Gilles Peterson
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Gilles Peterson.
Background information
Birth name Gilles Jerome Moehrle
Born (1964-09-28) 28 September 1964 (age 49)
Caen, France
Origin France/Switzerland
Genres Disc jockey
Years active 1986–present
Website gillespetersonworldwide.com
Jazz pianist Robert Mitchell (left) with Gilles Peterson in October 2008.

Gilles Peterson (born 28 September[1][2] 1964,[3][4][5] Caen, France[3]) is a British-based Franco-Swiss[6] DJ, record collector and record label owner residing in London. Via his labels Acid Jazz, Talkin' Loud, and latterly Brownswood Recordings, he has been associated with the careers of well-known artists of the 1990s such as Erykah Badu, Roni Size and Jamiroquai.

After starting out on pirate radio, and having shows on various legal London-based radio stations, most notably Kiss FM dance music station, he was recruited to the BBC's youth-oriented Radio 1 in 1998. Since 2012, he hosts a 3 hour BBC 6 Music Saturday show, 3-6pm. Peterson is known for eclectic musical selections, and has been occasionally described as the new John Peel .[citation needed] However whilst John Peel had an "anything goes" range of tastes composing his show, Peterson's focus has always been jazz music, generally modern jazz, with a strong emphasis on its translation to a club environment, mixed with associated music styles.

Widely acclaimed as a musical taste-maker, he spreads his influence on music listeners around the world mostly through his Saturday afternoon BBC Radio 6 Music radio show.[7] His Worldwide show is re-broadcast from eight European countries, including: Radio Nova (France), Stu Bru (Belgium), FM4 (Austria), Radio X (Germany) and Funkhaus Europa (Germany). Parallel to this, his frequent DJing gigs around the world also have cemented a worldwide following.

History[edit]

Born as Gilles Jerome Moehrle[4] to a mother from Paris, France and a father from Zürich, Switzerland, he attended the Roman Catholic John Fisher School. He became known on the London circuit as a DJ specialising in the new breed of "acid jazz", drawing on the jazz, funk and Latin fusions (including Brazilian music[8]) of the 1970s. First heard as a DJ on the London pirate radio station Radio Invicta, he went on to host "Mad On Jazz" on BBC Radio London in 1986–87, then ran club night at Dingwalls in Camden Town.[citation needed]

Dingwalls[edit]

That club, and one of Peterson's best remembered club sessions, was Talkin' Loud Sayin' Something at the old Dingwalls club in Camden, North West London which ran from the late 1980s until March 1991. The sessions were characterised by jazz dancers in suits hats and spats, well-known jazz dance classics including tracks from Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Airto, Herbie Hancock, and the anthemic In The Fast Lane by Jean-Luc Ponty; but the jazz was fused with hip-hop and the more experimental tracks. Gilles played alongside fellow London DJ Patrick Forge at most of the Dingwalls' sessions, as well as separately at many other underground club nights and music weekenders. On 8 October 2006, both Peterson and Forge played the first of many annual reunion shows at the old site of Dingwalls (now a Jongleurs comedy club), with a compilation album of popular tracks from the club also being released at the same time in 2006 entitled Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls.[9]

Jazz FM[edit]

In March 1990, Peterson became a disc jockey on London's first-ever dedicated jazz station 102.2 Jazz FM. The three hour show was stripped into sections including the "Samba 60" and the "Vibrazone". Artists as diverse as the Freestyle Fellowship, Sérgio Mendes and Leon Thomas would all appear on the same playlist. He was forced to leave the station after making anti-war comments during the first Gulf War.[10]

Kiss 100 FM[edit]

September 1990 saw London pirate dance music station Kiss 100 FM become legal when it acquired a licence and started to broadcast from the Holloway Road in North London. Patrick Forge was then given the space to create his own show, with the two DJs continuing to work together at Dingwalls until the "last dance" on 3 March 1991. Peterson moved over to Kiss FM himself after being fired by Jazz FM. In his shows on Kiss FM he played acts as diverse as Josh Wink, Gang Starr and Horace Silver in the space of a single programme. He was then hired by BBC Radio 1 in 1998.[10]

Radio 1[edit]

From 1998 to 2012, through his BBC show Worldwide - which was originally produced by longtime collaborator Benji B, Karen P (Folded Wing), Ben Cave, Beccy Grierson, Alex Kenning and currently Dave O'Donnell - Peterson continued to present a wide range of music that may be new to its young audiences. The show always presented a combination of new, older and often very rare records from the late 1950s to 1980s. Every three months or so, Peterson dedicated a whole show to older vinyl releases in a special version of his show he subtitles as Brownswood Basement; two associated compilation albums with the same name containing older personal classics have been released on the United States label Ubiquity Records's offshoot Luv N' Haight. He has been associated with two Brownswood labels - the name comes from the road in north London where his house was located. This building is now primarily a place Peterson uses to store his huge record collection. In August 2004 the show moved from Wednesday (midnight til 2am) to an earlier Sunday slot (11:00 to 01:00) with a spectacular live outside broadcast from The Big Chill at Eastnor Castle Herefordshire featuring Bugz In The Attic performing a DJ set, and interviews with house DJ Tom Middleton and Mr. Scruff.

One of the highlights of the new format BBC Radio 1 show was the special sessions from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. These have included artists such as Roots Manuva, Björk and the Floating Points Ensemble. In September 2006, Peterson's show on Radio 1 was moved from Sunday night to Wednesday night (more precisely the early hours of Thursday morning), 02:00 to 04:00 (GMT). The first show included a live appearance from Lupe Fiasco. The show is currently broadcast live between 2am-4am on Wednesday mornings. In 2002 he released a compilation album, "Impressed with Gilles Peterson", featuring rare and forgotten about British Jazz from the 1950-1960s, that Peterson had collected over the years. This led to many of the records being re-released to a new audience. This in turn led to a series of concerts featuring some of the artists and a documentary about the history of British jazz ("Jazz Britannia").[citation needed]

In late 2011 Peterson announced that after 13 years at the station he would be leaving BBC Radio 1, following his last show in the early hours of Wednesday 28 March, 02:00 to 04:00 (GMT),[11] and moving to a new show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Radio 6 Music[edit]

Following his departure from Radio 1, Gilles started a new 3 hour Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music, beginning on Saturday 7 April 2012, running weekly from 15:00 to 18:00 (GMT), and giving him an extra hour of broadcast time.[12] Like his previous Radio 1 programme, it is made by independent production company Somethin' Else for the BBC.[13][14]

Worldwide Awards[edit]

Main article: Worldwide Awards

The Worldwide Awards is an annual event wherein Gilles Peterson chooses his favourite records of the year. His listeners then vote for the top 10 via the Radio 1 website. The event has been held at London venues including Cargo and KoKo with full broadcast coverage by Radio 1, and has expanded to include sections such as "Best Clubnight", "Best Record Shop", "Best Compilation Album", and a special award called "The John Peel'Play More Jazz' Award" given to an artist, often a newcomer, who has displayed special noteworthy work over the year.

Mistral Productions[edit]

Gilles Peterson is the creative director of Mistral Productions, launched in November 2013, which produces Gilles' internationally syndicated radio shows as well as audio and video content for brands.

Record Labels[edit]

Gilles Peterson has played an important role on four record labels. In 1987, together with DJ Baz Fe Jazz, he was recruited by Ace Records to create the sublabel BGP Records.[15] The soul, funk and jazz dance reissue label took its name from the founders' initials but was officially dubbed "Beat Goes Public". In 1988 he and Eddie Piller founded Acid Jazz Records, a label whose roster included the Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, Corduroy, the James Taylor Quartet and Snowboy. After growing disillusioned with the scene that grew up around the label, he went on to run Talkin' Loud, enlisting the help of fellow DJ Norman Jay who formed his own Global Village label.

The label drew its name from the James Brown track Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing that had inspired the name of his club at Dingwalls. The roster of Talkin' Loud included Nuyorican Soul (a side project of the producers Masters At Work), Courtney Pine, MJ Cole, Young Disciples, Incognito, Terry Callier, The Roots, Galliano and Roni Size's project Reprazent. Courtney Pine, Young Disciples, MJ Cole & 4 Hero all received nominations for the Mercury Prize, with Reprazent winning the award in 1997.

Peterson's most recent record label, Brownswood Recordings, was launched in 2006. It was named after the road in North London where the house he used to live is, which he has since had to move out of after his record collection became too big, and which now acts as a warehouse his collection.[citation needed] To date the label has released records by British singer/songwriter Ben Westbeech, 45 piece live act The Heritage Orchestra, Japanese punk jazz band Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, Brooklyn based pianist Elan Mehler, jazz vocalist José James and Zara McFarlane; Mercury-nominated artist Ghostpoet, Kenyan-British group Owiny Sigoma and electric producer Gang Colours; eight volumes of a soulful compilation album series called Brownswood Bubblers, and a special Cuban project - Havana Cultura - which saw Gilles travel to Havana to record at Egrem Studios with gifted jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca and a host of new Cuban talent. A second volume was released in 2011, Havana Cultura: The Search Continues, during which DJ Mala also recorded his impression, due to be released in May 2012. Taking on the role of Executive Producer, he recorded an album of new material (plus a handful of covers) entitled 'Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura'. Incidentally, this label should not be confused with Talkin' Loud, the previous label he was involved with, or indeed another imprint called Brownswood Records (note: Records NOT Recordings) which was used to release music from the United Future Organization as well as other Japanese associated projects.

Festivals[edit]

Gilles Peterson performing in 2004

Peterson has made many regular appearances at music festivals across the world including Lovebox in east London, The Big Chill in Hereford and the Southport Weekender[16][17] in the north west of England. Away from the UK he has appeared at the Exit Festival in Serbia, INmusic festival in Croatia, and in 2005 the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Gilles also curated his own stage at Montreux Jazz Festival for 10 years during the 1990s.

Peterson and Freshly Cut, a French event production company from Montpellier, collaborated to create the Worldwide Festival.[18] This started out as a small intimate festival during the summertime in the coastal town of Sète in France in 2006. It was expanded to include a mini version of the festival in Singapore from 2008.

Dipping his toe into the world of production, Peterson has collaborated with Switch (DJ) and DJ Clipz in the past, but currently works with his engineer Simbad, remixing the likes of Noro Morales and Fatoumata Diawara to date.

Grand Theft Auto[edit]

WorldWide FM is a radio station featured in Grand Theft Auto V. The station is named after Peterson's real-world weekly radio shows Worldwide on BBC Radio 1 (2007-2012, now succeeded by a self-titled show on BBC Radio 6 Music), and globally syndicated Worldwide International.

Production[edit]

Havana Cultura

2009 saw the birth of a new collaborative project and long-term partnership between Peterson and Havana Club or “Havana Cultura”. Havana Cultura is a global initiative developed by Havana Club International which gives a platform to Cuban artists from all disciplines. The website, www.havana-cultura.com, was launched in 2007. Gilles Peterson and Brownswood's involvement began two years later, resulting in four album releases and three international tours. ‘Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound’, was the first album to come out of the project, released in 2010. Travelling to Cuba in 2009, Gilles teamed up with the award-winning Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca to find the best up and coming musical talent in Havana. The double CD album was a celebration of Cuba’s musical forces spanning Latin, Afro jazz and fusion to hip-hop, funk, reggaeton and soul. In support of this project, Gilles began a European tour in June/July 2010, accompanied by Fonseca, his band and vocalists Danay Suarez, Ogguere and Obsesión. This was the first of three tours organised in close collaboration with Havana Club. The Gilles Peterson Havana Cultura band has now travelled through Europe and beyond with shows in London (Barbican), Paris, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Berlin and Madrid, as well as many festivals. Travelling with the rest of the 2011 crew, Mala (Digital Mystikz) was also invited to Cuba with Gilles Peterson to record and collaborate with local musicians as part of the on-going Havana Cultura project. The results are found on the album ‘Mala in Cuba’ – which was released on Brownswood Recordings in partnership with Havana Cultura on 10 September 2012.[19]

Sonzeira

Released in May 2014 via Talkin’ Loud / Virgin EMI, Sonzeira's Brasil Bam Bam Bam is a journey through the different flavours of authentic Brazilian music culture. Sonzeira is the collective name for the group of Brazilian artists who feature on the album. Gilles turned from DJ to producer for this ambitious venture, settling in Rio de Janeiro with young UK production associates Sam Shepherd (Floating Points); Dilip Harris and Rob Gallagher from 2 Banks of 4; and Kassin from Rio collective Orquestra Imperial. The album features Brazilian artists such as Seu Jorge and Elza Soares.[19]

Awards[edit]

  • Sony Gold Award - Best Specialist Music Radio Show, 2000.[3]
  • Awarded MBE in 2004.[3]
  • Outstanding Contribution To Dance Music 2011.
  • Honorary Masters Degree Nottingham University.
  • AIM Independent Music Awards - Indie Champion 2013.

Discography[edit]

  • Jazz Juice Street Sounds 1985
  • Jazz Juice 2 Street Sounds 1985
  • Blue Bossa Blue Note 1986
  • Jazz Juice 3 Street Sounds 1986
  • Jazz Juice 4 Street Sounds 1986
  • Baptist Beat Blue Note 1987
  • Cal's Pals BGP Records 1987
  • Jazz Juice 5 Street Sounds 1987
  • Jazz Juice 6 Street Sounds 1987
  • Focus On Fusion BGP Records 1987
  • Focus On Fusion Volume 2 BGP Records 1987
  • Acid Inc., The Best Of Funk Inc. BGP Records 1988
  • Acid Jazz And Other Illicit Grooves Polydor (Germany) 1988
  • B&G Party BGP Records 1988
  • Beat On (The Best Of The Blackbyrds) BGP Records 1988
  • Dance Juice Vol. 2 BGP Records 1988
  • Dance Juice Vol. 3 BGP Records 1988
  • Jazz Juice 7 Street Sounds 1988
  • Jazz Juice 8 Street Sounds 1988
  • Milestone Memories BGP Records 1988
  • The Best Of Azymuth BGP Records 1988
  • Acid Jazz Vol. 4 BGP Records 1989
  • Jazz Today Volume 1 BGP Records 1989
  • Latin Jazz - Volume 1 BGP Records 1989
  • Latin Jazz - Volume 2 BGP Records 1989
  • Soul Jazz Volume 1 BGP Records 1989
  • The Best Of Acid Jazz BGP Records 1989
  • Totally Wired Acid Jazz 1989
  • Totally Wired II Acid Jazz 1989
  • Acid Jazz Vol. 1 BGP Records 1991
  • Acid Jazz Vol. 2 BGP Records 1991
  • Acid Jazz Vol. 3 BGP Records 1991
  • Acid Inc., The Best Of Funk Inc. BGP Records 1991
  • Make It Deep And Phunky Blue Note 1992
  • The Best Of Latin Jazz BGP Records 1992
  • Mo' Deep Mo' Phunky Blue Note 1993
  • Brasil - Escola Do Jazz Toshiba EMI Ltd 1994
  • Brazilica! Talkin' Loud 1994
  • Jazz Juice #1 Beechwood Music, Street Sounds 1994
  • Jazz Juice #2 Beechwood Music, Street Sounds 1994
  • Talkin' Jazz: Themes From The Black Forest Talkin' Loud 1994
  • Talkin' Jazz Volume 2 (More Themes From The Black Forest) Talkin' Loud, Polydor (Germany) 1994
  • Jazz Juice #3 Beechwood Music, Street Sounds 1995
  • Talkin' Verve Verve Records 1995
  • Brazilica, Volume II Talkin' Loud 1997
  • Desert Island Mix Journeys By DJ 1997
  • Talkin' Jazz Vol [III] Talkin' Loud 1997
  • Talkin' Louder Year On Year Talkin' Loud, DJ Magazine 1997
  • Free Style Mercury 1998
  • INCredible Sound Of Gilles Peterson INCredible 1999
  • Sound Of The City Vol. 2 - London Motor Music, Universal Jazz (Germany) 1999
  • Worldwide Programme 1 Talkin' Loud 2000
  • GP01 Trust The DJ 2001
  • GP02 - Eclectic Trust The DJ 2002
  • GP03 Trust The DJ 2002
  • Impressed With Gilles Peterson Universal Jazz (UK) 2002
  • Worldwide 2 Programme 2 Talkin' Loud 2002
  • A Journey To The Dawn Temposphere 2003
  • Broken Folk Funk Latin Soul Muzik Magazine 2003
  • GP04 - Eclectic Trust The DJ 2003
  • GP05 - Eclectic Session Vol. 2 Trust The DJ 2003
  • Shibuya Jazz Classics - Gilles Peterson Collection - TRIO Issue Solid Records 2003
  • Southport Weekender suSU 2003
  • Worldwide 3 Programme 3 Talkin' Loud 2003
  • Gilles Peterson In Brazil Ether 2004
  • Impressed 2 With Gilles Peterson Universal Jazz (UK) 2004
  • Worldwide Exclusives Talkin' Loud 2004
  • Brasil - The Rhythm And Art Of Movement Nike 2005
  • Gilles Peterson Digs America - Brownswood U.S.A. Luv N' Haight 2005
  • Gilles Peterson In Africa Ether 2005
  • Gilles Peterson Presents - The BBC Sessions Vol. 1 Ether 2005
  • Petit Dejeuner Au Lit! Most Records, Habitat 2005
  • Smell The Grass Mixmag 2005
  • Brownswood Bubblers Brownswood Recordings 2006
  • Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge Present - Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls Ether 2006
  • Gilles Peterson Back In Brazil Ether 2006
  • Pure Fire! A Gilles Peterson Impulse! Collection Impulse! 2006
  • The Kings Of Jazz - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Jazzanova Rapster Records 2006
  • Brownswood Bubblers Two Brownswood Recordings 2007
  • Fania DJ Series Gilles Peterson Fania Records 2007
  • Gilles Peterson Digs America 2 - Searching At The End Of An Era Luv N' Haight 2007
  • Brownswood Bubblers Three Brownswood Recordings 2008
  • Gilles Peterson In The House ITH Records 2008
  • Brazilika Far Out Recordings 2009
  • Brownswood Bubblers Four Brownswood Recordings 2009
  • Freedom Rhythm & Sound - Revolutionary Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement 1963-82 Soul Jazz Records 2009
  • Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound Brownswood Recordings 2009
  • Brownswood Bubblers Five Brownswood Recordings 2010
  • Brownswood Bubblers Six Brownswood Recordings 2010
  • Everyday Blue Note - Compiled by Gilles Peterson Blue Note (Japan Only) 2010
  • Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: Remixed Brownswood Recordings 2010
  • Gilles Peterson Presents: Worldwide BBE 2010
  • Heartbeat Presents One Time! Mixed by Gilles Peterson × Air Lastrum 2010
  • Horo: A Jazz Portrait Dejavu 2010
  • Bossa Nova And The Rise Of Brazilian Music In The 1960s Soul Jazz Records 2011
  • Brownswood Bubblers Seven Brownswood Recordings 2011
  • Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: The Search Continues Brownswood Recordings 2011
  • Masterpiece: Created By Gilles Peterson Ministry Of Sound 2011
  • Brownswood Bubblers Eight Brownswood Recordings 2012
  • Gilles Peterson - Black Jazz Radio Snow Dog (Japan Only) 2012
  • Brownswood Bubblers Nine Brownswood Recordings 2012
  • Brownswood One Hundred Remixed Brownswood Recordings 2013
  • Brownswood Bubblers Ten Brownswood Recordings 2013
  • Gilles Peterson Presents Sonzeira Talkin’ Loud / Virgin EMI 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date mentioned by Gilles on his Radio 1 show, 03:50 Thursday, 2 October 2008.
  2. ^ Date (not including year), as mentioned (indirectly) by Gilles in his interview on Ross Allen's Ministry of Sound radio show on 17 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "Gilles Peterson, Esq, MBE's Authorised Biography". Debrett's. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Gilles Jerome Moehrle – director information". companycheck.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Guinness Who's Who of Popular Music Publ. 1 October 1993, Guinness World Records Limited
  6. ^ "Mr Gilles Jerome Moehrle". duedil.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music – Gilles Peterson". BBC Radio 6 Music. BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Brazilian Love Affair: An Interview with Gilles Peterson
  9. ^ "Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge Present - Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls". Discogs. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2006. 
  10. ^ a b "Gilles Peterson profile". BBC Radio 1. BBC. Retrieved 26 May 2006. 
  11. ^ "Gilles P to leave BBC Radio 1 after 13 amazing years". gillespetersonworldwide.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Patchwork, Alex (10 March 2012). "Gilles announces new radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music". Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Plunkett, John (9 March 2012). "Gilles Peterson finds home on 6 Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Moss, Rowan (9 March 2012). "Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music". Somethin' Else. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "BGP Records History". acerecords.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Southport Weekender lineup". southportweekender.co.uk. Retrieved 28 Sep 2006. 
  17. ^ "Southport Weekender 43 - 7. 8. 9. November 2008". Southport Reporter. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Worldwide Festival". worldwidefestival.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Gilles Peterson Worldwide http://www.gillespetersonworldwide.com/gilles-peterson/partnerships/ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 04/06/2014. 

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