Temple San Francisco
Saturday, January 3, 2015 10:00 PMElectronic, After Hours, Rap / Hip-Hop
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A DJ since he was barely a teenager who became one of the first true superstar DJs, a BBC Radio 1 presenter for over four years, a Mixmag columnist, an award winning producer and remixer, a record label owner, an electronic dance-music pioneer – is there anything Fergie dj hasn’t ticked off the list? (Well there was that offer of a reality TV show which he turned down but that’s another story.) Fergie dj has had many sounds, identities and even a brief name change over the course of a career that began over twenty years ago back home in Northern Ireland but has undoubtedly remained one of dance-music’s most controversial, most successful and most loved characters. 2012 marked the beginning of a new chapter of his incredible story when he left Europe and headed for a new home, the hedonistic party capital of the world: Las Vegas. With his most audacious move yet came a bold new sound and another chameleon-like reinvention to go with it. The three illustrious DJ residencies he now holds in America is unprecedented: at the iconic Wet Republic pool party, the HQ Nightclub in Atlantic City and from this Spring at the newly-opened Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub. Hakkasan Las Vegas is an ambitious concept that Fergie dj will be a central part of and will see him tailor his DJ performances to suit the unique capabilities of a venue which is set to become one of the top nightlife experiences in the world. Residencies have always been a key part of Fergie dj’s career; Trade in London was where his career took off and his ascent to global stardom was continued in Ibiza where he was a resident for Godskitchen at one of the island’s oldest and renowned clubs, Amnesia. Along his eventful journey to the top there’s been some extraordinary milestones. He remains the highest new entry of all time in DJ Mag’s “Top 100 DJs” poll (at number eight in 2000). As well as his weekly BBC Radio 1 show that championed fresh underground sounds to literally millions of listeners, his thirteen DJ mixes for the world renowned “Essential Mix” show on the same station makes him one of the most featured DJs of it’s ten year history. In the studio he’s remixed a diverse range of acts and artists, from the Pet Shop Boys and Tears For Fears to Umek and UNKLE. He’s headlined the world’s most famous clubs and festivals; from the Berlin Love Parade (on the back of a moving float playing to over one million revellers) and in Argentina with Moby and over 50,000 party people, to the muddy fields of the Glastonbury festival. He’s even won the world’s biggest DJ competition, beating Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Darren Emerson (ex-Underworld) to the crown.