Guess who's birthday it is tomorrow? That's right, Greg Vickers! So though
you and I probably can't be with him celebrating
in the UK, and most of us won't be lucky
enough to give him a belated "happy
birthday!!" in-person greeting in
Seattle on Friday February 13th, everyone
can get to know a little bit more about
this DJ who definitely knows how to celebrate
himself! Jumping from a balcony window
onto mattresses?! Guess he learned the
hard way you stop bouncing at age 24!!
But seriously, its exactly this kind of
enthusiasm that makes his sets absolutely
unforgettable. If you can't catch him
live this time around, be on the lookout
for his own "Tribal Sessions"
mix CD due out this May. Get ready America,
Greg Vickers is on his way!
When was the first time you heard
Let's say I was listening to electronic
music when I was about 11 years old, early
rackpack, Carl Cox, DJ Hype, Grooverider
stuff, just from copied tapes from mates
Do you have any crazy stories from
your early clubbing days?
Hmmm, probably, I've got more crazy stories
from quite recently though! It was the
tribal gathering weekender 3 weeks ago
as I write this, and I was doing a 'LIVE
ESSENTIAL MIX' for Radio 1 on Sunday morning,
so taking this quite seriously I was well
behaved on Friday night, and Saturday
night and made sure I got plenty of sleep.
As soon as I finished it was time for
some serious celebration, so it wasn't
long before the party was in full swing
back in the chalets. A certain other house
DJ from Liverpool (naming no names!) was
also bang on it, and we decided it would
be a laugh to throw beds and mattresses
from the 1st floor balconies and then
cameo jump onto them. I unfortunately
missed and broke my heal bone which brought
my partying to an abrupt end... Still
in plaster now...
When did you actually start DJing,
and what made you start?
I started out around 3 years ago, I was
working back home for the summer in a
shit job working nights in a supermarket,
so I had quite a bit of cash, and loads
of time during the days on my hands, decks
seemed like a good idea as id already
been messing about on mates decks, so I had the whole of the summer to hone
What was the first record you ever
bought, and where & how did you buy it?
Bloody good question... probably something
shit and cheesy but I don't recall the
How long after you started did you
get your first paying gig?
I joined 2 mates who were running their
own night in Manchester (UK) called "Kindergarten"
as we were pissed with there being nowhere
to go out and listen to the tunes we wanted
to hear. This was about 6 months after
I started DJing, and from hear I was playing
out 2 or 3 times a month.
How would you describe your sets?
What do they sound like?
House music really, that's how I'd describe
it. It's a really versatile sexy mix encompassing
my 'music without prejudice' blueprint
with it's focus on making you jack your
Who have been some of the biggest
influences on your DJing style?
Not really people but a club, 'Sankeys
Soap' has been a great influence on my
style, having played weekly at the club
for nearly 3 years (tribal Sessions) and
warming up for a broad range of DJ's,
(From Sasha, to Jeff Mills, to DJ Sneak,
to Adam Freeland) has allowed my style
to really mature and grow into what it
is now. It's really good as its allowed
me now to walk into pretty much any club,
have a good listen to what's being played
and fit right in with the vibe of the
Do you ever get teased about your
musical background as a choir boy?
Nope, it was one of those things that
I guess I kept to a need to know basis
when I was a kid at school, now it kind
of works in my favour as the ladies seem
to find it quite sweet!
What's your favorite US city to play
in - and why? What about a favorite anywhere?
Los Angeles rocked the spot! I've got
a lot more US cities to do in 2004, and
I'm going to be concentrating hard on
the States! I'm a US citizen myself, and
have lots of family over in the States,
so it will be real nice to experience
the country that I'm a citizen off.
Anywhere you would like to play that
you haven't yet?
Australia is the only continent I've
not been to, and I hear it's nutz out
there, also certain less musically developed
places in Asia like Pakistan, India, Cambodia,
Vietnam, are all places that I hear have
small but amazing scenes and I'd love
to get out there and share with people
what I'm doing at present.
What do you think of the current
state of the UK dance/club scene?
GREAT! I've just done 2 amazing gigs
this weekend, and 2 amazing gigs the weekend
before, and this year I've done loads
of top gigs! Yes the scene is going through
a change at the moment, it reached a peak,
but it was never going to be able to sustain
the peak. When something gets too big
for itself generally quality goes down
as people get greedy, and this then harms
the scene. This is what has happened,
and peoples trust was dented. Now there
are lots of great small nights going right
off, some of the big boys have gone, but
you could say they were giving nothing
back anyway and did not deserve what they
How does it compare to when you started
Well I was a lot more innocent and less
knowledgeable about the whole scene when
I first started going out when I was 15,
so it kinda felt a lot more naughty! It
was a case of dancing on a podium all
night till the early hours, not seeing
my mates all night but meeting loads of
new people, and also lying to my parents
about where I was actually going, for
me it was a different buzz back then to
the buzz I get now.
How do you see the differences between
playing here (the US) and other countries?
Peoples passion for dance / electronic music is the same in all the places I've been to, go-out & listen to good music, socialise and meet new people, and having a fucking hoot!
You've been resident at Sankeys Soap
for more than 3 years now - how would
you describe the club, the crowd and the
vibe to someone who's never been there?
Off the hook! Good music, great people,
and an amazing vibe! It's a great party!
What is the "Tribal Sessions" exactly?
It's the weekly night of the tribal gathering
festival which has been running for 10
How'd you end up doing a guest mix
on Radio 1?
Well the first one I did was a studio
mix (or bedroom in my case!) the guys
at Radio 1 asked me if I'd like to do
a mix for the Essential Mix. The latest
mix that I did from the 'Tribal Gathering
Weekender' was a live mix on the Essential
Mix tour, and again they got in contact
with me and we hooked it up!
There are so many DJs out there now
- what do you think makes you stand apart,
what accounts for your success?
Hard fucking work! if there was one thing
I learnt from my dad, you don't get anywhere
these days without busting your balls!
Obviously if you're shit you're not gonna
get anywhere you need to have the skills
and the "x" factor. The Guys at 'Tribal
Gathering' spotted the qualifying points
I guess and signed me up.
What is on the horizon for you and
Well, when I get the cast off my leg,
I'll be back on course, lots of studio
work, some great tours and gigs planned
for the forthcoming months, a new Mix
CD penned in for an Easter time launch.
Where can people find out where you'll
be playing next?
Take a look on tribalgathering.co.uk
where I post my diary up on the message
board every month.
Do you have a website?
Not yet, but check out www.nat-progression.com
they are my US agents, and also the Tribal
Gathering website as above.
Anything else you'd like the Raves.com
audience to know?
I will be performing in Seattle in Feb and have dates planned for Miami in
March and a trip to the Hawaii isle of
Maui.......... So check out my diary for
updates in the coming weeks, months etc.
Thank you Greg!