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Gilles Peterson : biography

28 September 1964 -

Gilles Peterson (born 28 SeptemberDate mentioned by Gilles on his Radio 1 show, 03:50 Thursday, 2 October 2008.Date (not including year), as mentioned (indirectly) by Gilles in his interview on Ross Allen's Ministry of Sound radio show on 17 October 2011. 1964, Who's Who of Popular Music Publ. 1 October 1993, Guinness World Records Limited Caen, France) is a British-based Swiss DJ, record collector and record label owner residing in London. Via his labels Acid Jazz, Talkin' Loud, and latterly Brownswood Recordings, he has been associated with the careers of well-known artists of the 1990s such as Erykah Badu, Roni Size and Jamiroquai.

After starting out on pirate radio, and having shows on various legal London-based radio stations, most notably Kiss FM dance music station, he was recruited to the BBC's youth-oriented Radio 1 in 1998. He now hosts a 3 hour weekly show on every Saturday afternoon 3-6pm. Peterson is known for his eclectic musical selections, and has even been occasionally mentioned as the new John Peel . However whilst John Peel had an "anything goes" range of tastes displayed on his show, Peterson's focus has always been Jazz music, generally Modern Jazz, with a strong emphasis on its translation to a club environment, mixed with associated music styles.

Widely acclaimed as a musical tastemaker, he spreads his influence on music listeners around the world mostly through his Saturday afternoon radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music. He also broadcasts his Worldwide Show to 8 countries across europe. Including ,, , FM4 AUSTRIA, and . Parallel to this, his frequent DJing gigs around the world also have cemented a worldwide following.


Peterson has made many regular appearances at music festivals across the world including Lovebox in east London, The Big Chill in Hereford and the Southport Weekender and Southport Reporter in the north west of England. Away from the UK he has appeared at the Exit Festival in Serbia, INmusic festival in Croatia and in 2005 the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Gilles also curated his own stage at for 10 years during the 1990s.

Peterson and Freshly Cut, a French event production company from Montpellier, collaborated to create the Worldwide Festival. This started out as a small intimate festival during the summertime in the coastal town of Sète in France in 2006. It was expanded to include a mini version of the festival in Singapore from 2008.

Dipping his toe into the world of production, Peterson has collaborated with Switch (DJ) and DJ Clipz in the past, but currently works with his engineer Simbad, remixing the likes of Noro Morales and Fatoumata Diawara to date.


  • Sony Gold Award - Best Specialist Music Radio Show, 2000.
  • Awarded MBE in 2004.
  • Outstanding Contribution To Dance Music 2011.
  • Honorary Masters Degree Nottingham University


Born as Gilles Jerome Moehrle to a mother from Paris and a father from Zürich, he attended the Roman Catholic John Fisher School. He became known on the London circuit as a DJ specialising in the new breed of "acid jazz", drawing on the jazz, funk and Latin fusions of the 1970s. First heard as a DJ on the London pirate radio station Radio Invicta, he went on to host "Mad On Jazz" on BBC Radio London in 1986–87, then ran a club night in Camden Town.


That club, and one of Peterson's best remembered club sessions, was Talkin' Loud Sayin' Something at the old Dingwalls club in Camden, North West London which ran from the late 1980s until March 1991. The sessions were characterised by jazz dancers in suits hats and spats, heavyweight jazz dance classics including tracks from Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Airto and Herbie Hancock and the anthemic In The Fast Lane by Jean-Luc Ponty; but the jazz was fused with hip-hop and the more experimental tracks. Gilles played alongside fellow London DJ Patrick Forge at most of the Dingwalls' sessions, as well as separately at many other underground club nights and music weekenders. On 8 October 2006, both Peterson Patrick played at a one-off show at the old site of Dingwalls (now a Jongleurs comedy club). A compilation album of popular songs from the club was also released at the same time, Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls.

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