British DJ Pioneer Greg Wilson Stops by Bardot

Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, anyone born after 1983 can relive the historic moment when Greg Wilson introduced the concept of DJ mixing to U.K. television viewers for the very first time during a broadcast of The Tube on Channel 4.

"It would be a major moment in my career, as pretty much every DJ worth their salt, the length and breadth of the U.K., would have been tuned in," he told New Times back in 2010. "It certainly confirmed my status as a British mixing pioneer."

After all, it's important to remember that, while taken for granted by today's club kids, mixing records was still decidedly groundbreaking at the start of the 1980s. 

"At the time, I was known for 'doubling-up' — playing two copies of the same record to create a live mix," Wilson explains. "Obviously impressed by this, [The Tube] approached me to see if I'd do it live."

Along with the innovative techniques Wilson introduced to an entire generation of DJs was the exciting new music he broke out at seminal U.K. dance clubs like Manchester's Haçienda — namely the electronic post-disco sounds emanating from New York City in the early '80s. 

Yet Wilson is nothing if not eclectic as a selector, and whether it's disco, boogie, funk, electro, or house spinning on his turntables, his DJ sets are a celebration of music itself and an occasion for most joyous dancing.

With his vintage Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape machine in tow, this DJ's DJ is also a sight to behold in an era of dime-a-dozen button-pushing laptop "disc jockeys." But then, you'll probably be too busy getting down on the dance floor to watch the DJ booth if you catch Wilson throwing down tomorrow at Bardot, which was just named Consequence of Sound's list of the 100 Greatest American Music Venues. 

Greg Wilson. 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Bardot, 3456 N Miami Ave., 305-576-5570; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $17 to $20 via showclix.com

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