A Guy Called Gerald

̸

Biography

  • When it funks, it funks hard. Breaking Beats Since 1988.
    Where do you start with A Guy Called Gerald? A hidden gem, the gateway between Chicago house / Detroit Techno and the UK dance music explosion in the late 80s. He is one of a few special producers who entered dance music in the jacking zone. He is the first UK acid house producer and probably the first producer to have two instrumental dance tracks in the UK charts at the same. He formed 808 State with a drum machine, a 303, 2 Roland SH101s and 2 other humans. His collaborations stem from Frankie Knuckles, Goldie, Finley Quaye and Derrick May through to Herbie Hancock, remixed for David Bowie, Lamb, Stone Roses, Black Uhuru, Can, Tricky, Roman Fluegel and The Orb and toured with New Order, Tricky and Bebel Gilberto. When the history of postmodern dance music is written he is ubiquitous: his visions, his stylistic versatility and open mindedness had a huge influence on the development of global dance culture. Very early on, he experimented with acid house and helped pioneer the style that was later called jungle and drum'n'bass. Fiercely independent he's preparing himself for a string of new releases, the launch of his online shop and touring worldwide. The Manchester scene in the late 80s radiated from the Hacienda. It was a place which grew to be a breeding ground for the likes of Laurent Garnier and Chemical Brothers and in the Summer of Love the Hacienda had a theme tune called Voodoo Ray. It was A Guy Called Gerald's first release in 1988 and became a seminal classic that put British house music firmly on the map. As part of 808 State’s first incarnation he co-produced another Hacienda classic, Pacific State. He soon decided to concentrate on his solo project and toured worldwide (and with a quarter of a ton of equipment!) performing live. In the early 90s he launched his own label Juice Box and released a series of 12"s that were the blueprint to what would become jungle. In 1992 he compiled these releases into the proto jungle classic "28 Gun Bad Boy" album. In 1995 he followed up with the definitive "Black Secret Technology" to critical acclaim. Black Secret Technology featured Finley's Rainbow with vocals by Finley Quaye and a collaboration with Goldie. Finley's Rainbow featured Finley Quaye who later re-released the tune on his debut album. In 2005 Knowledge Magazine ranked "28 Gun Bad Boy" EP was as the No. 1 jungle single of all time. His sound was an inspiration to many - Goldie, LTJ Bukem and DJ Krust have all stated his influence. But never wanting to be stereotyped into any particular style of music his sound continued to develop. In 2000 he signed with !K7 Records and released "Essence" with guest vocals from singer/songwriter Wendy Page, Lady Kier and Finley Quaye. In 2005 the down tempo "To All Things What They Need". In 2005 he launched his Sugoi and Protechson labels. His latest album "Proto Acid / The Berlin Sessions", released on Berlin's Laboratory Instinct, is an infectious 71 minute continuous mix recorded live. 2008 marks 20 years of A Guy Called Gerald in dance music and to celebrate a definitive collection of A Guy Called Gerald’s back catalogue is planned for release featuring rare and unreleased tracks and remixes. In July a remaster of 1995’s jungle classic “Black Secret Technology” was reissued. And in August “In Ya Head feat. Mia” came out on Berlin’s favourite Perlon Records. He continues to tour bringing his studio into the clubs worldwide playing anywhere from 2 to now legendary 14 hour LIVE sets – no DJ software, no gimmicks, just raw, pure, undiluted AGCG riddums strictly for the dancefloor.
    ̸

    Selected discography

    Selected exclusive tracks at : http://aguycalledgerald.bandcamp.com ALBUMS 2010 Tronic Jazz / The Berlin Sessions (Laboratory Instinct) 2008 Black Secret Technology Remastered (AGCG) 2006 Proto Acid / The Berlin Sessions (Laboratory Instinct) 2005 To All Things What They Need - AGCG (K7) 2000 Essence - AGCG (K7) 1999 The John Peel Sessions – AGCG (Strange Fruit) 1995 Black Secret Technology – AGCG (Juicebox) 1992 28 Gun Bad Boy – AGCG (Juicebox) 1989 The John Peel Sessions– AGCG (Strange Fruit) 1989 Automanikk – AGCG (CBS/Sony) 1988 Hot Lemonade – AGCG (Rham) SINGLES / EPs 2010 Tronic Jazz x 4 12" 2008 In Ya Head feat. Mia (Perlon 071) 2007 Proto Acid 2 (Laboratory Instinct) 2007 AGCG / Cassy - Beatstreet 01 (Beatstreet) 2006 Blow Your House Down Remixes (Theory Recordings) 2006 Time To Jack (Sender Records) 2006 Sufistifunk / Robogroove (Sugoi) 2005 Is Man In Danger (Protechshon) 2005 Flo-ride (Sugoi) 2005 First Try (K7) 2000 Humanity Remixes (K7) 2000 Humanity (K7) 2000 Fever (K7) 1998 Radar Systems / Fallen Prince Of Heaven (JB) 1996 The Curse Of Voodoo Ray (Promo Only) (JB) 1996 So Many Dreams Remixes (JB) 1995 Finley’s Rainbow Remixes (JB) 1995 Finley’s Rainbow (JB) 1993 Darker Than I Should Be / Gloc Remix (JB) 1993 Nazinji-Zaka (JB) 1993 Strange Love Remixes – Ricky Rouge (JB) 1993 When You Took My Love – Ricky Rouge (JB) 1993 De Ja Vu / All Over The World – Ricky Rouge (JB) 1993 Satisfaction – Inertia (JB) 1993 I Feel The Magic – The KGB (JB) 1993 The Glok / Ease The Pressure (JB) 1993 Song For Every Man – Ricky Rouge (JB) 1993 Strange Love – Ricky Rouge (JB) 1993 Too Fucked To Dance / Anything V2.1 (JB) 1993 Fragments / Anxiety – Inertia (JB) 1992 Changing / Got A Feeling (JB) 1992 The Musical Magical Midi Machine / Like A Drug (JB) 1992 Ses Makes You Wise / King Of The Jungle (JB) 1992 Cops / 28 Gun Bad Boy (JB) 1992 Digital Bad Boy / A Storm Is Coming (JB) 1991 Disneyband / Anything (JB) 1991 Nowhere To Run - Inertia (Retroactive) 1990 Emotions Electric (JB) 1990 Automanikk (Live Gun Shot Mix) (CBS/Sony) 1990 Automanikk (Bass Overload Mix) (CBS/Sony) 1990 Automanikk (Just 4 U Gordon Mix) (CBS/Sony) 1990 The Peel Sessions EP USA (Strange Fruit) 1989 FX Elevation Mix (CBS/Sony) 1989 FX Mayday Mix (CBS/Sony) 1989 Trip City 1989 The Peel Sessions EP UK (Strange Fruit) 1988 Hot Lemonade Youth Remixes (Rham) 1988 Hot Lemonade (Rham) 1988 Voodoo Ray EP (Rham) COLLABORATIONS 808 STATE 2004 New Order Remixes – 808 State (Rephlex) 2004 Prebuild - 808 State (Rephlex) 1989 Newbuild – 808 State (Creed) 1989 Pacific State – 808 State (Creed / ZTT) 1988 Let Yourself Go – 808 State (Creed) HERBIE HANCOCK /BILL LASWELL /A GUY CALLED GERALD 2001 Black Gravity – from the album Future 2 Future THE TWO G’$ (A GUY CALLED GERALD AND GOLDIE) 1995 Energy / Reno – The Two G’$ (JB) US (A GUY CALLED GERALD / EDWARD BARTON / CHAPTER & THE VERSE) 1988 Born In The North – US (Wooden) THE HIT SQUAD 1987 Wax on the Melt – The Hit Squad