On Friday the 14th of December, Leftfoot and moodfix will be hosting the legend Gilles Peterson at Birmingham’s Hare and Hounds for an intimate all night long set. The BBC 6 radio presenter and international disc jockey has been a huge and influential name in the music industry since the 1990s. With four successful record labels under his belt, Peterson has been a part of the career journeys of Erykah Badu, Jamiroquai and Nuyorican Soul. With his genre spanning music palette, the record collector has established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Peterson began his career on the pirate radio station ‘Radio Invicta’, and then went on to host his own show ‘Mad on Jazz’ on BBC Radio London. In 1986, he took up a residency at the club Dingwalls in Camden, where he played at a night called ‘Talkin’ Loud Sayin’ Something’, which infused classic Jazz tracks with hip hop and more experimental tunes. He then moved onto Jazz FM and Kiss FM, until he was hired by BBC Radio 1 in 1998. On his show ‘Worldwide’, Peterson showcased rare records and made sure to dedicate a whole show to vinyl classics every few months. His eclectic music taste has only grown over the years, and it is this that makes his set at The Hare and Hounds so hotly anticipated.
He puts on two events every year, the Worldwide Awards in London, where he selects his favourite records, and the Worldwide Festival, which takes place in France and Switzerland. His reach is worldwide now, even producing his own radio show in Japan. It comes as no shock that Peterson is too a talented music producer. He developed the ‘Havana Cultura’ in collaboration with Havana Club, a project devoted to getting Cuban artists recognition. In 2014, he produced he album ‘Brasil Bam Bam Bam’ with a collective of Brazilian artists named as Sonzeira. The list is never ending for Peterson.
Prepare for a night of acid jazz to afro to hip hop to soul. Don’t miss out on your chance to see Gilles Peterson on the 14th of December, under the disco ball for an unforgettable night.