Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson began DJing in 1975 and is regarded as one of the most important figures on the UK dance scene.

After starting out in his hometown New Brighton, Wilson enjoyed hugely popular residencies in the early ‘80s at Wigan Pier and Manchester’s influential club Legend. Wilson was a pioneer of mixing in the UK and in 1983 became the first dance music specialist hired for a regular weekly session at Manchester’s now legendary Haçienda club. He was instrumental in breaking the new electronic, post-disco records coming out of New York, a sound he dubbed ‘Electro-Funk’. He put together the first UK radio mixes of their type for Piccadilly 261 in Manchester, and was the first DJ to mix live on British TV.

After a two-decade hiatus from the booth, he returned to DJing, and in 2003 set up electrofunkroots, a website documenting this crucial era in the evolution of dance culture. He has produced a series of documentary podcasts, Time Capsule, Random Influences and Early 80’s Floorfillers, as well as the long-running blog series, Living To Music, and has given talks on music and DJ culture at venues like The Tate Gallery in Liverpool and London's Southbank and Institute Of Contemporary Arts. Greg’s remix credits include Grace Jones, The XX, Groove Armada, Bryan Ferry and Simian Mobile Disco and he has edited tracks by A Guy Called Gerald, Talking Heads, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Electronic, Imagination and Missy Elliot. In 2014 he unveiled the multi-media label Super Weird Substance which released 8 vinyl singles, while 2015 was rounded off with the 40th anniversary of his first club date in 1975 and being presented with DJ Magazine's Industry Icon award.