Wiggle For 20 Years
A Storied History Of Wiggle

As we’re gathering our own historic moments together to mark our venue’s imminent landmark anniversary of 15 years, another house music tour de force (and a trio who have been a big part of what we do) are laying down their own celebrations for 20 years. They are Wiggle - aka London’s own Nathan Coles, Eddie Richards and Terry Francis - who, for these past two decades, have been releasing records and putting on parties and, in effect, established the tech house sound that London has been running on ever since.

20 years is a long time and we can’t even begin to add up the hours that Wiggle parties have woven together let alone begin to fathom the impressions and memories they have left on the party people who’ve frequented their dancefloors. Then there’s the output of the imprint which continues to be an essential part of their scene colleagues’ record bags, something we can say without any doubt considering the far flung dances their wax has been spun at.

So to mark all that has taken place since Wiggle’s inception in 1994, as well as organising a series of trans-global parties (including our own soiree next week on Saturday), the collective have compiled a release made up entirely of exclusive tracks from guests who have graced their parties. So we thought what better way to piece together a picture of Wiggle of the years than to ask the fixtures of the commemoratory compilation to share their own take on the ways of Wiggle…



Jay Tripwire

What is Wiggle to you?
My best memory of Wiggle was when it was an underground [US slang for warehouse party] and Eddie Richards and I went back to back for like 4 hours, it was a really great experience to get to play and happened by mistake. I was supposed to play Croatia and the promoter hadn’t booked my flight until literally 2 hours before its departure, I scrambled to get to Heathrow but it wasn’t possible to make it so Nathan and Eddie invited me to come play since Terry wasn’t able to play that night.

I felt like a kid living out one of my dreams to play at that party and with those guys.

What’s your essential Wiggle release?
The label when it first came out was a new sound nobody had ever heard and helped shape my foray into this new house techno trippy hybrid. I credit those guys with the vibe I myself started making, huge inspiration. The whole South London crew was big on shaping my sound big ups to Terry, Eddie, Nathan, Asad, Pure Science, Grant dell, Affie Yousef, Surreal, Tag, Eye for Sound, Swag for the early musical inspiration and support.

Tell us about your track that’s featured on the 20 Years comp?
On a cold snowy weekend when I was playing in NYC I stayed with my homie Joeski and in between the gigs we locked in the studio and rocked something out, we had no idea who it was for or anything, we just created something we wanted to play.



Saytek

What is Wiggle to you?
As a young adult, Wiggle was a massive inspiration musically the mixture between Detroit techno and Housier grooves was sublime and I enjoyed it on so many levels. To me their parties really encapsulated the exciting underground London movement of the time, I was far too young to go to early acid house parties and raves but loved the music. So the London tech-house movement was my era. So to be headlining one of their parties a few years on was really a big deal for me!

What’s your essential Wiggle release?
I have released a lot of stuff on Wiggle, including reworks of my live show, which is kind of doing things in reverse as I don't DJ ... I do however love to listen to the releases and the residents mixes on my Ipod and it's always a pleasant surprise when I hear one of my own tracks pop up my favorite stuff is the Philipp Ort stuff and I love the remix Dzeta Basile and Jay Tripwire did of my track.



Tell us about your track that’s featured on the 20 Years comp?
Once again it was a collection of sounds from my live show reworked into a track , it was an honour to be short listed and I was completely over the moon to be picked for the final CD.



James Kameran

What is Wiggle to you?
Since I live in Ibiza I've unfortunately not attended the infamous Wiggle parties in the UK, but I can say that Wiggle Records is to me the cutting edge of Underground Tech House!

What’s your essential Wiggle release?
My favourite release on Wiggle is Freaky Disco - Factor 50 (Eddie Richards Remix), this track always goes down a storm!



Tell us about your track that’s featured on the 20 Years comp?
The track Ai Weiwei was inspired by a trip to Berlin but produced in my studio in Ibiza. I'm very happy and honored to have the track selected for such a great compilation "20 years of Wiggle"! A toast to 20 more!



D'Julz

What makes a Wiggle party?
I first heard of the wiggle party in the late 90's. I’ve never had the chance to go to one in London before it actually moved to Fabric but I did bring all the Wiggle residents to my Bass Culture night at the Rex between 98 and 2003. I still listen to the mixes Terry, Nathan and Eddie did there, it was a very fresh and inspiring sound at that time and it still sounds amazing today.

What’s your essential Wiggle release?
I was a big fan of the label and I actually was the first dj to bring this new London sound in Paris. I was lucky to get all the promos when I was visiting the guys at Swag and Tag record shops. It 's hard to choose just one . I would say I particularly liked the releases from the Delinquents and from Gideon Jackson

Tell us about your track that’s featured on the 20 Years comp?
I felt really honnoured when terry asked me for a track for this compilation. We go back a long way. I was even happier when he told me liked the track and kept it on the final tracklist. I guess this one is on the deeper side of wiggle. Good for an early set or even better at an after party.



Kenny Raw

What is Wiggle to you?
Wiggle, and the people behind it such as Nathan Coles, Terry Francis & Eddie Richards have all really inspired me. I was playing mainly techno before but I loved their deep and clubby tech-house sound, to me this was the perfect mix between house & techno. Always sounded really fresh with great times while still being dark and underground enough for me.

What’s your essential Wiggle release?
Wiggle is a label that I’ve followed ever since the early days when I started DJ’ing myself, around 2000, I think I must have missed but a couple of their releases along all those years in my record bag! The album from Get Fucked - Wet Dreams (release date around 2000 & one of Nathan Coles side projects) to me was one of the very best! Especially tracks such as De Icing & Get a Job!

Tell us about your track that’s featured on the 20 Years comp?
I’ve been producing for more then 7 years now and things are really kicking off. Done several releases on different labels such as Morninglory Music & Coincidence Records. In 2014 I started running my own label Nightfalls Recordings and the very first release on it was chosen on the Wiggle compilation, a great honor! It’s a great feeling to get the recognition from people I always looked up to!



Philipp Ort

What is Wiggle to you?
From the first time I got introduced to Terry and Nathan and the whole Wiggle crew many years ago at fabric, I really liked their musical concept on the label as well as at their parties and it really is all about community and great music. It definitely inspired me musically in my productions and since I had my first release on the label in 2012, I was clearly hooked on the Wiggle community. I appreciate their professionalism and passion for music as well their humble personalities which clearly reflect the whole Wiggle concept.

I also had the pleasure to play for their New Years Eve party at Paramount in 2012/2013 and it was an amazing experience overall. The people were there for the music and the vibes were just unstoppable throughout the night, this was definitely a very special gig in my career so far!

What’s your essential Wiggle release?
Yes, I've been following the music from Wiggle since many years and there have been quite a few released tracks I've been playing out. One of their most essential releases must have been the 'No Request EP' from Claire Ripley & Zeitgeist, just works the floor perfectly every time I play it!



Tell us about your track that’s featured on the 20 Years comp?
When I was producing 'Like That' I was going for a deep and pumping club vibe with an atmospheric synth that keeps building up. The vocal snippets just kind of describe the flow throughout the track. It's a real pleasure and honour for me to have 'Like That' featured on the compilation and I'm very excited to keep collaborating with Wiggle!



Dachshund

What is Wiggle to you?
The first contact was in 2011 when I was invited to play a Live set for them in Vauxhall. We had a lot of fun before the night began when we met for dinner. The party was also awesome with a good spirited crowd, I could feel it in the way the people was responding to the music. I already knew about Eddie Richards but realized that Wiggle it self is also some of the pioneers of the house scene of London and still have a nice crew and followers, that means a lot. Of course I was and I’m still very honoured to play for Wiggle. It also leads it to some collaboration, I’ve made a remix for Wiggle. Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles & David Coker cooked some great remixes up for my label Clapper too. And recently I also have remixed Eddie Richard on his new baby « Storm ».

What’s your essential Wiggle release?
As I discovered the label on the late I don't know the full catalogue but one track that I use to play a lot and still make me mad is « Summer Acid » from Nathan Coles & David Coker. It’s a tune, the bass line is powerful but at the same time « singing » with a little touch of madness, it’s very well mixed with the other sounds like the dubby voice and the stabs which make it original and authentic, it takes you to another state and I can guarantee it works on the floor!



Tell us about your track that’s featured on the 20 Years comp?
The track is called Quiproquo, it’s a quite simple but danceable track, with a bit of shuffled groove. To be featured on the compilation is of course a big pleasure and I like the fact that they choosed between 40 tracks to finally keep only the half. I hope that it represent well the type of music they did promoted with passion during this 20 years! Thanks to this guys they really do a great job!

Wiggle for 20 Years will be released on 6th September exclusively via Beatport and go on wider release on 22nd September. For more information and to pre-order head here: http://bit.ly/Wiggle20

We will be hosting a 20 Years Of Wiggle party in Room Two on Saturday 6th September with Terry Francis, Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles, Just Be (Bushwacka) and Dachshund. For more info and tickets click here.

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