British DJ Greg Wilson is an authentic original. His career spans over three decades, preceding the birth of house music. On the late-'70s and early-'80s UK dance music scene, the mixing pioneer introduced that era's generation to the new post-disco sounds coming out of New York City.
Watching him live is testament to his old school credentials -- he still spins wax and runs a vintage Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape machine for delay effects. This ain't no Traktor-laptop-DJ-wannabe bullshit!
His selections? A luscious, hedonistic, unadulterated blend of disco, funk, rare groove, and old-school breaks. Somehow Wilson manages to make the tunes our parents used to get down to sound like the freshest new jams on the airwaves. And as the "King of the Re-Edit" he bangs out his own funked-up reworks of classics by everyone from Talking Heads to A Guy Called Gerald.
The past few years have seen Wilson tour widely across all continents. Surprisingly, these trips have seen his first dates in cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Miami, where he put on the most entertaining set of this year's WMC. And this Friday, he'll be returning to the Electric Pickle for a highly anticipated performance that will summon many old fans and surely make quite a few new ones. Also on the bill is acclaimed Greek DJ-producer Argy, of the Pokerflat and Defected labels, who should provide for an edgier house and techno element to the night.
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Click here to get reacquainted with Greg Wilson's funky magic from his last set at the Electric Pickle.
Greg Wilson. With Argy and resident DJs Will Renuart and Inbal. Friday, October 29. Electric Pickle. 2826
N. Miami Ave., Miami. Doors open at 10 p.m. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-456-5613 or visit electricpicklemiami.com.