Talkin’ Loud and sayin’ something: pioneering music institution Gilles Peterson live in the mix at Dimensions Festival 2013. It’s Worldwide!
DJ, radio host, producer, label owner, curator, collector – Gilles Peterson wears an awful lot of hats, but he appears to like it that way. The British selector got his start in London’s club scene during the 1980s, but it was in the pirate radio world that he first made his mark, largely by championing the then emerging acid jazz sound. Peterson actually co-founded the Acid Jazz label in 1987, but left shortly thereafter to start up Talkin’ Loud, a wider-ranging dance label that would ultimately garner all sorts of acclaim while releasing music from Nuyorican Soul, Roni Size’s Reprazent, MJ Cole, 4Hero and countless others. Still, it was on the radio where Peterson continued to make the biggest impact, spending eight years at London’s Kiss FM before taking his eclectic Worldwide programme to BBC Radio 1 in 1998. The show continues to broadcast today, making the move to BBC 6 Music in 2012, and a separate international version of Worldwide has been syndicated around the globe. Throughout it all, Peterson has consistently dedicated himself to new and emerging sounds, and has shown a particular interest in the music of Brazil and Cuba. In 2009, he launched Havana Cultura, an initiative designed to showcasing emerging Cuban talent. The project has spawned numerous releases, the most notable being 2012’s Mala In Cuba, an LP that found the dubstep legend traveling to the island nation and collaborating with local musicians. The album was released via Brownswood Recordings, a label Peterson founded in 2006, that has also played host to music from the likes of Ben Westbeech, Ghostpoet, José James, the Owiny Sigoma Band, and numerous others.