Red Greg is an East London based DJ, who started DJ’ing in and around London in the mid 80’s, playing Street Soul, Rare Groove, Acid, Funk and House. In recent years he’s found himself spinning more and more Disco and Boogie all over the UK and around the world.
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1) Why do you play music?
I think growing up in the 70s played a major part in why I play music today. Like most households back then I was surrounded by records and music, luckily our house was a bit of a dumping ground for any unwanted records. Most of which weren’t very good but family members and neighbours would drop records of for me pretty often. There was a real mixture of genres from pop, rock, punk, reggae albums and 45s, but I didn’t care. I would often be found up in the loft playing the records over and over to see if there were any I liked.
As soon as I discovered a sound that appealed to me, I would save like mad just to buy records whenever I could. So basically nothing much has changed since then, apart from me no longer having to sit in the loft to play and enjoy music!
Thankfully, now I get to share my love for music with other people through DJ’ing and mixes.
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
Not really sure that I have a role in the music world but in a small corner somewhere I hope I can continue to share the joy of music I love. If I can get people dancing and having a good time, then that is my role fulfilled.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
That’s a tricky one, as the majority (about 80%) of the music I play was made at least 20 years ago or more! However, I’ve been listening to Charles Bradley’s – Victim Of Love album constantly today and had quite a few goose bump moments, so Charles Bradley would be an artist within the past year without a doubt.
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
I have a few gigs coming up that I’m looking forward to and I’ve been approached by a couple of labels about doing some edits, so they could possibly be released by the end of the year, which would be great.
5) How did you come up with your DJ name?
Well, it wasn’t exactly intended to be a DJ name. I had a few years away from DJ’ing in the late 90s and occasionally used the name Red Greg whenever I did mixes online and it seemed to stick instantly. The name is taken from the label that put out one of my favourite albums, Donna McGhee’s Make It Last Forever.
1. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Love Is Always On Your Mind
2. The Supremes – High Energy
3. Slick – It’s Too Late
4. Garrett Morris – Garrett’s Theme
5. Barret Strong – Love Is You
6. Debbie Foster – Slip Away
7. Dexter Wansel – I’ll Never Forget
8. Carrie Lucas – Tic Toc
9. Kellee Patterson – So In Tune With You
10. Retta Young – My Man Is On His Way
11. Combi – I’m Feeling Excite
12. The Freex Machine – Freex Party
13. Robots Edit
14. Vivian Reed – Ready and Waiting
15. JV – Edit Channel
16. Gayle Adams – Don’t Make Me Do It
Also, go grab Red Greg’s fantastic Under The Influence compilation over at Beatport