Friday February 18, 2005
CHEMISTRY vs. TEMPORAL RHYTHM @ BOA
with special guest
FERGIE - UK
FERGIE What immediately strikes you about Fergie is his smile. He’s one happy guy. And well he
should be you might say with the kind of rare success that has befallen him over the past 3
years. But his is not a smug smile it’s a genuine one, which is a trait that truly characterises
FERGIE. He exudes a child like energy that permeates everything he does. His raw talent
honest attitude and youthful exuberance are the key ingredients that have got him where he is
Fergie is a unique character in the fickle world of dance music. When he first arrived on the
scene in 2000 he was heralded as the future of dance music and his face appeared on the
cover of the biggest dance music magazines out there. His fresh face and tough new sound
was a tonic to everyone who heard him play. As his appeal grew so did his success He secured
a residency at the UK’s top club GODSKITCHEN, appeared at no.8 in the prestigious DJ
magazine Top 100 chart, (the highest new entry ever), and landed his own show on Radio 1.
Which is where he is now, a radio presenter, DJ, producer and champion of new talent. In short
a consummate professional at the tender age of 24. In 5 years he has come a very long way
Fergie was born in Northern Ireland. His first professional gig was at Airport 2000 when he was
just 14 years old. Exceptional even at this age he had to stand on a milk crate just to reach the
decks. Ironically, shortly after his set, the police threw him out for being under age. From a very
early age dance music was his passion, his life, his release. Ambitious, driven and unrelenting
by the time Fergie was 16 he had exhausted both himself and Ireland’s club scene – quite a
feat for the young but hugely talented FERGIE.
He arrived in England in ???? and was soon introduced to the late, great Tony De Vit who
became his valued mentor and remains his biggest influence. Soon Fergie had regular guest
spots at Trade, Sundissential, Godskitchen and Passion and was building a reputation as
one of the most exciting DJs to break onto the scene in years.
In the summer of 1998 Fergie first went to Ibiza and played Privilege, Space and Bora Bora
opening himself up to an even bigger audience. He returned the subsequent 2 years with the
mighty GODSKITCHEN as their resident for the summer at Amnesia and then Eden. The hard
work and commitment was paying off and back in the UK FERGIE was one of the most talked
about and sought after DJs on the circuit.
His tough sound, good looks and cheeky attitude were a refreshing, unique and exciting
addition to dance music and everyone wanted a piece of the action. It was at this point that his
career began to escalate at a meteoric rate and two crazy years ensued.
Fergie became one of the country’s most popular DJ’s. He was the highest new entry ever in
the 2000 DJ magazine Top 100 DJ poll, entering at number 8 and was once again in the Top
20 in 2001 and 2002, he was nominated for the Best DJ Award at the Muzik Dance Awards in
2001 and for Best Club DJ at the Dancestar Awards 2002, whilst he secured an exclusive
singles deal with Duty Free, licensed through Decode via Telstar Records. Fergie’s career
was in full flight and there was no stopping dance music’s boy wonder.
2002 continued to see the young star excel in all aspects of his career. He started his own
show on Radio 1 show, broadcast every Friday between 11pm and 1am, an incredibly
prestigious position and important outlet for his sound and for showcasing new talent. He also
toured the US with Godskitchen marking his first major assault on the US dance scene.
Fergie’s distinctive tough techy sound and keen ear meant production was inevitable. January
1999 saw Fergie release his first single ‘Ooh Sir’ on Trade Records. Since then he’s released
‘Friction’ on Rude Boy, ‘Hoovers & Horns’ and ‘House of Pain’ on Nukleuz. He also
released the hugely successful HEADLINERS compilation CD with Ministry last year. His
production resume is indeed impressive for one so young and looks set to take an even more
exciting turn in 2003 as he puts the finishing touches to 2 new singles that tread a very different
Being in the spotlight and such an inspirational figure at such a young age has forced FERGIE
to grow up very quickly and take his responsibility seriously, which he has to great effect. His
powerful position has enabled him to take an active roll in moving dance music forward. As well
as continually recreating his own sound he has taken a very public step in helping to push
through the younger talent in the scene. Utilising his position of strength to nurture talent from
all areas of dance FERGIE has created the FUTURE HEROES concept and taken it to a new
level. Through his Radio 1 Show, a column in Mixmag and a dedicated night at Turnmills in
London, FERGIE has created a multi media platform for new talent.
Fergie’s zest for life pervades everything he touches. He’s thrilled to sponsor his local Irish
football team and recently played his Radio 1 show live from the football stadium to raise
money for the club as part of his Homecoming Weekend. The only way is up now for Fergie.
2003 will see him continue his crusade to break new talent whilst wowing the nation with his
stunning new production. This is a one lad who will be smiling for many years to come.
Written by Claire Ashman
What the papers say:
“His much vaunted new sound is being lapped up by this hard house crowd, the sharp,
powerful, technotic vibe a timely reminder that hard music doesn’t have to be brainless,
soulless, cartoon e” – M8
“The youngest superstar DJ in the world looks set to go supernova.” – Boyz
“Dance music’s brightest young star” – Sunday Times Magazine
Unleash Entertainment 1 Year Anniversary
Admission $25 before 2am // more after
Doors open 1am
This is a 19+ event
270 Spadina Ave, Toronto (just S of Dundas)
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