Gilles Peterson’s broadcasting roots lie with the burgeoning pirate radio movement in South London during the early 1980s. Inspired by the exciting blend of music broadcast on pirate stations such as Radio Invicta, he set up his own – Civic Radio – and then succeeded in bagging himself a slot on Invicta in exchange for his fully-functioning transmitter. With his foot firmly wedged in the door, Gilles went on to present on a string of pirate stations – KJAZZ, Solar Radio and On Horizon, before landing at BBC London with his show Mad On Jazz. Moving forward into the present, Gilles spearheaded a collaborative project with dubstep forerunner Mala (Digital Mystikz), to orchestrate and record new studio sound clashes with a fresh crop of Cuban talent.
When all is said and done, whichever role Gilles
is performing – DJ, broadcaster, producer, compiler, label boss or plain old record collector – the music is always the bottom line. His passion and enthusiasm is unfailing and deeply infectious, and it’s the reason that that luminaries like Thom Yorke
, Erykah Badu
and Questlove give praise
and that his knowledge, opinion and playlists are universally respected.
is back in NYC this week after a year away since his storming set last August at Cielo. This Thursday, October 25
will play an exclusive show presented by Giant Step at le poisson rouge (tickets and more info here and as on the flyer below)
but this Tuesday
on Two For Tennis
, Gilles was live in studio alongside Tim Love Lee
and Coach MP
to talk shop and all that is great in his world. If you missed it, listen back to the on-demand arachive through the button above or access it via the free EVR Mobile App
for iPhone and Droid.