FERGIE, who is arguably one of the most controversial figures in dance music is gearing up to celebrate 20 years of being ‘in the rave’. He will be digging out the record boxes, dusting down the vinyl and hitting the road to do 20 exclusive dates. These will be very special sets that will appeal to both the seasoned ‘raver’ and the new generation of clubbers.
Fergie can look back over a career that feels like a rollercoaster ride, a meteoric rise to fame as the ‘poster boy’ of Hard House, a coveted 5 year residency at RADIO 1, a DJ of international standing for over a decade and now recognised as one of the main DJ/producers at the forefront of cutting edge, electronic music which is verified by the fact that his debut artist album Dynamite & Laserbeamshas just picked up a highly coveted IDMA Award for Best Album 2011. This award, previously won by The Japanese Popstars, shows that Fergies unique and distinctive sound is just as relevant and highly regarded today as ever before.
Few can lay claim to have been there from the beginning: “I feel so lucky to have been there from the early days and have seen many music styles develop within the umbrella that we now refer to as ‘techno’. After many years of requests I feel this is the perfect time to take a step back to just celebrate my journey in music over the past 20 years.These will be very special sets for me, full of memories, feelings, nostalgia – ARE YOU ALL READY!”
2011 has been yet another fantastic year for Fergie so far, with 2 massive remixes in the bag for Silicone Soul (Right On, Right On, on Soma) and Joseph Capriati (Noise To Noise, on Analytictrail). His 3 releases on his own Excentric Muzik label have consistently been in the sets of fellow DJs at the top of their game; Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Slam, Gregor Tresher and John Digweed to name just 5 (all long term supporters of the Fergie sound), as well as all the tracks making a heavy impact on the Beatport Techno charts.
Launched in January, Fergies "Excentric Muzik Session" podcast has been shooting up the iTunes charts and growing in popularity with every episode. The podcast sees Fergie return to the microphone for the first time since his infamous BBC Radio 1 show and features the freshest sounds from his sets alongside some "old but gold" musical memories from his 20 year DJ career, all wrapped up with Fergies unique presenting style and unmissable (and unmistakable) tales from the raves.
The Fergie sound continues to be exposed to new and old fans alike right across the globe. 2011 has already seen hugely successful tours of Brazil, India, Korea, Australia, USA, Mexico, Taipei, Korea, Syria and also online where Excentric have been pioneering an exciting new concept by teaming up with the ResLive virtual raves. Over the summer Fergie returns to Ibiza for 3 dates at Cristian Varelas "Pornographic Nights" parties and theres the small matter of the Dance Valley festival main stage that he will be co-headlining in August.
Over the next few months Fergie will release the first fruits of an exciting new collaboration with Dublins Matador. Also in the pipeline; a remix of Berlins Pan-Pot and 12 remixes of Fergies 2010 album "Dynamite & Laserbeams" (including efforts from Alan Fitzpatrick, Pig & Dan, Joseph Capriati, King Unique, Reset Robot and Mr Henry Von). The album itself has just picked up a highly coveted IDMA award for best album. Previously won by The Japanese Popstars, the award shows Fergies unique and distinctive sound to be just as relevant and highly regarded today as ever before. The summer will be rounded off with the release of the first ever Excentric Muzik compilation. "Excentric People Vol.1" will feature both Fergie and Mr Henry Von in the mix over 2 CDs with plenty of exclusive and upfront material.