An iconic name in dance music, A Guy Called Gerald stands out for consistent innovation, excellence and refusal to compromise. A Guy Called Gerald kick started Europe’s Acid House frenzy with his ’88 classic ‘Voodoo Ray’ and ‘Pacific State’ (as part of 808 State) and went on to lay down the blueprint for Jungle and Drum ‘N’ Bass. Nine albums and twenty five years of independence later, he continues to push the boundaries of electronic dance music touring worldwide bringing his ‘true school’ flavour to a world overloaded with imitation House and pop pap.
Although his remixes are relatively enviable including the likes of David Bowie, Cabaret Voltaire, Black Uhuru, Finley Quaye, Lamb, Tricky and The Stone Roses, it is Gerald’s own productions and refusal to plough anyone’s furrow but his own which has marked him out. A Guy Called Gerald is partly responsible for the birth of British dance music as you know it today and continues to explore what is possible both in the studio and in the club with his ‘Live in Session’ performances.
Since 2012 he has been working on a side project with Graham Massey (808 State) called REBUILD performing live jams on the Roland machines. ‘How Long Is Now’ was released on Bosconi Records in 2012. A live album Silent Sound Spread Spectrum followed from the Society of Sound Series – a collaboration between Bowers & Wilkins and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in 2013.
In 2016/17 he continues to be in demand worldwide with his Live In Session shows using a vast patchwork of past, present and future, experimenting effortlessly between early Acid House through abstract tech breaks into dreamscapes of futuristic oscillations. At Glastonbury Festival this year he will be performing with Funktion One’s Ambisonic Experimental system – a six stack Ambisonic full-sphere surround sound technique that is ‘capable of recreating accurate three-dimensional sound stages from original recordings’.
In the studio he is busy recording a steady stream of releases on his own digital label and a new album due out in mid 2017.
“I have decided the only way to give music to the people is raw and straight from the true school. I don’t have to hide behind any trend or gimmicks. ie. analogue equipment and vinyl fetishism. I’m sorry to say but I still feel like I’m blazing the way forward only because everyone seems to be stuck in “retrogression” mode. Maybe they need a stop/start to get them out of the loop? I refuse to compromise when it comes to my sound. I realised that I’m the only real deal within dance music when I found it was impossible for me to sell out. This is the True School.”
A Guy Called Gerald