Real legends simply cannot or will not be forgotten. After two decades of serious club shaking, armed with a back-catalogue bigger then Santa’s feared ‘naughty list’, A Guy Called Gerald has consistently proven himself to be one of the most popular and innovative artists in electronic music, leaving a legacy that feels nothing short of legendary.
Ahead of his Room Two slot this Saturday (alongside another musical godfather, Eddie Richards), we caught up with the Manchester legend to hear some wise words from one of the UK music scene’s true innovators…
You’re widely heralded as one of the UK’s primary club music pioneers; did you ever expect the scene to grow so much?
No. It started off really personal and expanded out into something else. It actually felt like it was taken over. Up until 1988 it was a totally different vibe…
In your opinion, how does club culture now compare to say, 1988, the year you released the ‘Voodoo Ray' EP?
It feels a lot more surface now. Before the 90s you actually felt like you could never be too deep with production. It feels a bit more shallower and watered down now than it used to be.
Who’s ticking your boxes in music right now?
Anyone who's making music with rhythm and melody.
Did you ever try working in another genre of music before finding your feet in house and jungle?
I'm not actually thinking of genre when I'm making music. I realised that some of the people that started producing in the 90's were DJs, so they had to have an engineer in the studio to do the track for them. In a way they had an advantage because basically they had an idea of what they wanted but as I did my own production and engineering it was easier for me to just create my own music - I didn't have to think about genres.
If you look at my catalogue you'll find that I use elements of genres within my own sound so basically I make what I feel is my own unique sound - if you hear a jungle or house track you should be able to tell it's me. I feel this is a skill that came from dancing to all sorts of dance music in the early 80's - we had a cross platform that ranged from jazz to electronic.
You grew up in Manchester, how do you feel about the current state of the Manchester music scene, is it still as exciting as it use to be?
I'm not sure. I could be wrong but I feel that a lot of expression in modern music has disappeared. It seems like the goal is not the content of the music but just that "music has become an object". It feels sometimes like the attention that was put into the music is now put into the performance and the DJ.
What’s in the pipeline for future A Guy Called Gerald productions?
There’s a new album coming later this year.
Finally, we’re chomping at the bit…but are you looking forward to rocking Room Two this Saturday? Any special treats in store?
A load of fresh new beats... It's a nice sound system so I always look forward to playing at fabric.