Gilles Peterson

Genres: Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Gilles Moerhle, 20 August 1964. Peterson is a respected figure on the UK’s less commercial dance music scene, staying successful and influential throughout many phases of its development. He has remained committed to truly eclectic forms of dance music that draw their influences from a broad palette, including Latin, jazz, funk, Caribbean and African styles. He is also known for bringing jazz into dance, particularly through his label, Acid Jazz Records, whose name became applied to a whole genre of funky, brass-inflected dance music in the early 90s, notably by artists such as the Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai.

Peterson grew up in south London, speaking French to his French/Swiss parents and quickly developing an interest in jazz. He broadcast his own pirate radio station from his parent’s garden shed while still a teenager. He first played a DJ set at the age of 18 at Camden’s Electric Ballroom before progressing to his...

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