Last December, whilst I was in London to collect the DJ Mag Industry Icon award at their Best Of British event at Heaven, editor Carl Loben and digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers approached me with the idea of writing a regular column for the magazine focusing on various aspects of the history of dance culture during the pre-Rave era, taking in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
The first column, titled ‘Greg Wilson’s Discotheque Archives’, was included in the magazines April edition, and is now available to read online. It features 4 sections – Classic DJ (David Mancuso), Classic label (Sugar Hill Records), Classic Venue (The Twisted Wheel, Manchester) and Classic Record (‘Love Money’ by T.W. Funk Masters):
On a personal level, this provides me with the perfect opportunity to highlight history and legacy to a generation of younger DJs who read the magazine, helping join the dots between what’s happening nowadays and the roots and branches that led there.
Josh Ray, who works with me at Super Weird Substance has been helping me compile the contents, whilst Pete Fowler is providing the accompanying illustrations of the Classic DJs – the first, ‘Mr Mancuso’, taken from a painting I bought from him back in 2013:
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