Passion, BED, Gatecrasher, Progress, Gods
Kitchen, Trade, Money pennies, Ireland, Ibiza, South Africa, Sydney,
Melbourne, Hong Kong, Israel, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia... oh
yeah, and 2Klub!
Fergie started DJing ‘Pumping Garage’ and ‘Bouncy House’ in
his small bedroom in Larne Belfast in Northern Ireland at the early
age of 12. He played his first club at the age of 14 called Airport
2000 standing on a milk crate, shortly after his set he was thrown
out by the police for being too young. He later went on to exhaust
Ireland’s club scene by the time he was 16.
It was at this time he was playing at The House night-club in Larne
Northern Ireland when he was heard by Tony de Vit who was to
play after him. Tony was amazed by the talent of this young lad peering
over the decks and asked him to play a bit longer so he could listen.
Shortly after Tony invited Fergie to England to introduce him to the
English club scene where he played more clubs but still aspired for
Fergie has had radio experience in Ireland and in England playing
on Club FM Dublin, Cool FM Belfast and guested on Kiss
FM London a couple of times being interviewed and mixing live.
“Fergie has an amazing ear for music” Tony de Vit 1996.
In the summer of 1997 Fergie toured South Africa for 2 weeks with
the Vibe magazine playing in all the major cities. Summer 1998,
Fergie played in Ibiza for the first time at Privilege, Space
and Bora Bora. His talents were noticed by many including Laurence
Malice who immediately made Fergie a regular Trade guest.
The first major event Fergie headlined was in November 1998. He toured
most of Australia wowing crowds in Sydney and Melbourne making them
gag for more. March 1999 saw Fergie's first Transatlantic tour, playing
to huge crowds on east coast of the US. Fergie stunned the clubbers
of Atlanta, New York and Philadelphia with his talent. At the age
of 18 he was too young to DRINK in the USA!
In April 1999 Fergie returned to Australia, touring the huge continent
once again. He came 2nd in the ‘Best International DJ awards- Melbourne
99’ to Frankie Knuckles beating Roger Sanchez at 3rd place, but
won DJ of the Year in 2001.
Fergie is non-stop in the studio producing his new fresh sound. His
first track ‘Ooh Sir’ was available on the Trade label early
1999 and sold out in 5 days following which he was approached to remix
the Tamperers new single ‘Hammer to my heart’.
In 2001, he took up a residency at Birmingham's God's Kitchen,
which he still holds today, and he now has a regular slot on Saturday
evenings on Radio 1.
Just before he broke nationally,
I booked him for 2Klub in Manchester, for February 2000, and
we arranged for him to play a four hour set - the first time
done so as far as I'm aware. That event was probably our best attended
ever with clubbers from all over queuing 'round the block to get in.