XOYO Loves: Greg Wilson + Red Rack’em + Nick The Record

XOYO Loves: Greg Wilson + Red Rack’em + Nick The Record
Saturday 20 May 21:00 - 04:00
  • Greg Wilson
  • Red Rackem
  • Nick The Record

The music we love, every Saturday, spanning the realms of house, disco & techno.

The penultimate weekend in May sees XOYO play host to DJ legend Greg Wilson, Red Rack’em, and Nick The Record.

For some people, DJing is something of a destiny. There is no other place better suited for them on tis earth. Greg Wilson is one such person. He started at the tender age of 15 as a Northern Soul DJ, playing funk, soul, disco and jazz at clubs around his home of Merseyside. After returning from his travels in Denmark and Germany he secured a 4 night a week residency at Wigan Pier. From the North to the Midlands, people came to see Wilson perform at his jazz-funk night in Manchester’s Legend club where he championed electro records, albeit controversial at the time. He was the first British DJ to mix live on TV, and 1983 saw him become a Friday night resident for the Haçienda in Manchester, the club’s first weekly dance night that would later become the famous Nude night, where Wilson played along the likes of Mike Pickering and Martin Prendergast. A true legend and pioneer of the British DJ, it’s an honour and a privilege to welcome the seminal and sensational Greg Wilson to XOYO this evening.

Red Rack’em, real name Danny Berman, has been in the business for over 20 years. With firm roots in jungle and drum & bass, a 19-year-old Danny Berman was shoved in front of a crowd at a rave in Bristol when Randall was held up in traffic. ‘One minute I spinning mellow tunes in room 3, next minute I was in front of 1000 people with MC Jakes barking ‘Rewind’ at me’. This chance happenstance led to bookings alongside Andy C, Scratch Perverts and Roni Size. 2009 saw immense support for his remix of Larry Levan’s ‘Stand On The Word’ on BBC radio where it was unrelentingly hammered out by Gilles Peterson, Rob Da Bank and Zane Lowe in the run up to its official release. As a DJ Danny is as versatile as they come, able to effortlessly swing between 5, 6, even 7 genres in a single set without so much breaking a sweat. He now heads three record labels: Bergerac, Smugglers Inn, and Nettles.

Nick got his first taste of London nightlife going to Hip Hop Jams in the eighties & then onto the Rare Groove scene. Then the Summer of Love in 1988 happened, House exploded across the nation, and he’s been in love ever since. The thriving warehouse party scene of early 90s London saw Nick as a regular well-known DJ, and he also played during at many outside ‘Free Parties’ and music festivals in the summers. However 1993 was they year Nick fell in love with Japan, where along with a few Japanese friends he started the groundbreaking Lifeforce parties. Despite Japan’s already booming club scene Lifeforce was still unique. It was the ‘Free Party’ dogma Japanese style, with a playlist spanning the realms of Garage to Disco to Detroit Techno & Chicago Acid. Nick is the resident DJ, visiting 3 or 4 times a year for the past 20 years. Nick has played all over Japan in the last 12 years & has been resident DJ at Taico club open-air festival for 10 years, playing alongside artists such as Da Bank, Osunlade, DJ Koze, James Holden and Ricardo Villalobos. Nick plays the closing set of the festival in the idyllic setting of the Nagano Mountains, and while it might not be similar in setting, we’re sure Nick’s set in the XOYO basement will be of equal quality.

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