Rob Guson is the colourful new persona of Robert Ferguson, better known to his global army of fans as the one and only Fergie; one of dance-music’s most controversial, most successful and most loved characters.
“After nearly 20 years as Fergie, a name change might seem crazy, but anyone who has followed my career will know that I don’t obey the rules.” (Rob Guson, Tilllate Magazine USA)
He has certainly announced his arrival; a breathtaking set in front of 6,000 fans at Pier 36 (the mammoth 64,000 square foot pier in Manhattan, New York) alongside Deadmau5 on NYE 2012 was followed by a most memorable appearance at The Pool After Dark (Hurrah’s Resort) when he joined Sebastian Ingrosso for President’s Day celebrations in Atlantic City. What a way to begin the newest chapter of his incredible story, a chapter that is set to completely rock the world of electronic dance music as we know it.
His newly adopted home, the hedonistic party capital Las Vegas, has also been on the receiving end of the Rob Guson treatment. His residencies at the Wet Republic pool party (held at the MGM Grand’s 53,000 square-foot Ultra Pool) and PURE Nightclub (the 36,000 square-foot venue located on the Vegas Strip) have been seriously rocked to their core. So much so that he’s already secured his own monthly party at Wet Republic starting in June. Wet Republic is also where Rob Guson will make his Memorial Day debut this May.
Other forthcoming tour diary highlights include his debut at the decadent XS Nightclub (Wynn Hotel) and at TAO Beach (The Venetian) with Paul Van Dyk, plus regular dates at The Pool (Hard Rock Hotel) and the Marquee Dayclub (The Cosmopolitan). There’s also the small matter of his first official appearance as Rob Guson outside of the USA, at the world renowned Global Gathering festival in the UK in July. The rest of the calendar will be filled with spectacular performances that are sure to captivate and delight all within ear-shot, in a way that only 20 years spent behind the decks can guarantee.
"When I first toured America as Fergie I was only 19 years old but now it's a new time and a new place. I personally believe the US is one of the best party destinations in the world and I can't believe how lucky I am to be launching my own party at the greatest pool venue in Las Vegas, Wet Republic."
A collection of mind-blowing, jaw-dropping productions are already lined up, ready to make an explosion that will truly announce the arrival of Rob Guson. Fun-loving music overflowing with colour and emotion, and enough twists and turns to detonate the senses beyond repair, like nothing you have ever felt before. Think innovative, immense and inexplicably exciting.
Look out for the breath-taking Rob Guson remix of Paul Oakenfold’s classic “Planet Perfecto - Bullet In The Gun”, already the centre-piece of his sets and well on the way to becoming one of the summer’s first EDM anthems.
“I want my music to transcend any genre boundaries and reach out to more people. For me it’s all part of moving forward in search of something new and something challenging.”
As Fergie, the award-winning DJ and producer’s journey from collecting the empty glasses at his local night-club to becoming one of the world’s biggest DJs is part of club-land folklore.
In the late 90s his take on what became Hard House brought him to the forefront of the scene and as Hard House took over dance music in the early 2000s he inadvertently became a figurehead of the movement. The following years of his career were something of a roller-coaster ride as he adorned front covers of a multitude of magazines, signed a compilation CD series deal with Ministry Of Sound and remixed the Pet Shop Boys and Tears For Fears. He became the highest new entry ever in DJ Mag’s “Top 100 DJs” poll (at number eight), a record that he still holds to this day.
The internationally recognised musical institution BBC Radio 1 saw his raw talent and unique ability to connect with clubbers and in 2002 they cordially invited him to host his own weekly show. Forward-thinking underground artists and sounds were delivered to millions of ears and by the end of it’s five year run the sound of the show had evolved towards Techno.
Fergie launched the Excentric Muzik record label in 2006 as an outlay for his own idiosyncratic take on the genre, the years that followed saw him focus on becoming one of the top producers of the sound, an achievement ratified by the very top of the DJ hierarchy: Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Sasha, John Digweed, Laurent Garnier, Adam Beyer, James Zabiela and Hernan Cattaneo have all heavily supported his tracks.
Highlights of Fergie’s impeccable discography include celebrated remixes of three pieces of bona-fide dance music history; Slam “Positive Education”, Silicone Soul “Right On, Right On” and Umek “Gatex”. But it was his 2010 debut album that became his biggest achievement to date as a producer, “Dynamite and Laserbeams” won awards and received high praise in reviews, as well as wide-spread support from DJs of diverse genres.
As an innovative artist who has never been afraid of change, or to think differently from the rest, the next chapter of the story is sure to be a fascinating and unconventional adventure, whatever the name of the star may be...