A Guy Called Gerald set for Glasgow date at Animal Farm

A Guy Called Gerald set for Glasgow date at Animal Farm

A Guy Called Gerald

Pioneering Manchester producer's show is live performance of back catalogue

For a man who’s had a two-and-a-half decade career in electronic music, including some definitive mid-90s work on the UK jungle and drum & bass scene, Gerald Simpson will be forever known for the fruits of a very brief moment in his career. It was during acid house’s year zero in 1988 that the Mancunian DJ and producer’s enduring anthem ‘Voodoo Ray’ exploded off the Hacienda’s dancefloor and across the UK.

‘I’m proud of ‘Voodoo Ray’,’ he says, on the line from his home in Berlin, ‘and I know it’s a reminder of the good old days for a lot of people. But it’s annoying in a way, because at the time it was something new and completely different, and that’s how I feel about electronic dance music. It should always be pushing on and doing something new. The past should only be a reference. But attention for a lot of the work I’ve done since then has been blocked by ‘Voodoo Ray’.’

On the other hand, such warm feeling for the track more than two decades on does allow him to continue playing high-profile sets like this, an almost entirely live performance of much of his back catalogue. Simpson describes the virtues of this approach with a producer’s enthusiasm and a wariness of the flat tones of much of today’s commercial electronic music. How could he have ensured his legacy endured further? ‘What I should have been doing was selling out as soon as I got in the charts,’ he laughs, ‘like all the people who started underground and then ended up producing Madonna or whoever.’ Fortunately, he managed to resist.

Animal Farm at the Sub Club, Glasgow, Mon 27 Dec.

Animal Farm

A semi-regular house and techno party from the Animal Farm team.

Sub Club, Glasgow

Fri 24 Aug

£10–£12 / 0141 248 4600

Animal Farm welcome back one of the UK's finest Techno exports in the last 10 years in the form of Shifted. Having made his debut here in Scotland with Animal Farm back in 2011, Shifted has gone on to become one of Techno's most recognisable figures. Via his multiple outlets, including his own Avian imprint, his dark, brooding and mechanical sound has given rise to multiple EPs & albums over the years which has seen the UK producer thoroughly craft a sound unique to himself.

  • 23:00 – 03:00


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