POSTED ON – 28.06.12
An evening with Greg Wilson at SSR Manchester
Legendary DJ Greg Wilson recently visited SSR Manchester for a guest lecture and tape editing demonstration. Greg is a renowned DJ and is referred to as one of the most important figures on the UK dance scene. He was very well known for mixing in the UK and in 1983 he became one of the first dance music DJ’s hired regularly for sessions at Manchester’s infamous Hacienda’s club.
Greg has achieved many accolades during his career, for example, he was the first DJ to mix live on British TV, and his influence on DJ culture is not to be underestimated.
Although he retired from DJ work at the end of 1983, he realised that he wanted to continue with his works almost two decades later and ended up touring in 2008, taking him literally all around the world. Everything continued to spiral; In January 2009 Greg’s reputation was further enhanced when his Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 became an instant classic, receiving almost universal acclaim and, in the process, providing the perfect way to commemorate the 5th anniversary of a remarkable renaissance. We were thrilled to welcome Greg as a special guest for the evening.
The lecture took place in May in our Spirit studio, ahead of Greg’s gig at Band on the Wall. During this fantastic evening he talked about his career in music, retiring and subsequent return to djing. He talked about using analog tape, the art of the ‘edit’ and shared lots of stories from his career and touring around the world. Using his trusty Revox reel-to-reel tape machine, Greg demonstrated his techniques of cutting and splicing analog tape, the same techniques he used to create many of his own early tape edits.
SSR would like to thank Greg for taking the time to talk to our students who all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.