insti2te special edition July 2009 : Peshay

peshayIm coming up with this month’S special edition once again for an other favorite drum n bass dj and producer by Metalheadz named “PESHAY” , I guess quite popular to the Londoner and beyond drum n bass scene!

Peshay’s rise through the drum’n’bass scene has been nothing short of meteoric. Respected worldwide for his releases on labels such as Metalheadz, Good Looking, Mo Wax and Island to name but a few.

His ability to produce at the highest levels and his excellence behind the decks is legendary. When he DJs, 4 minute mixes are the norm and the excitement that he generates describe Peshay perfectly. Always on the go, hyperactive, talkative and passionate.

Whilst growing up, Peshay found himself listening to an assortment of music ranging from opera to electro. His obsession with the new house scene developing in the early 80’s made him decide that as far as making a living was concerned this was the path he wished to follow.

Peshay left his job in the printing industry and decided to concentrate full time on his musical career. He bought a pair of Technics and started sending tapes out to promoters which led to his first break at Bass Box in April 91. He also went on to play for Genesis @ Rollers Express, Fascination @ Tasco Warehouse and both Dreamscape & Fantazia. Within a short period of time his DJ’ing ability helped him to secure regular bookings all over the world.

Peshays first recordings came about after hooking up with the infamous BAY B KANE and the “ROUGH GUIDANCE EP” was made and then BIZZY B with the “2 DOPE EP”. Both smashed the rave scene in 1992. As well as hooking up with DAVE CHARLESWORTH at ADR and the “CATCH IT” track was released.

Meeting GOLDIE one evening led to Peshay meeting DEGO and GUS at REINFORCED. This led to the “PROTÉGÉ EP” that first brought Peshay into the spotlight. The EP smashed it and this led to an increase in Peshays DJ work.

At a Dreamscape event in 1992 LTJ BUKEM introduced himself to Peshay it was this meeting that eventually led to a joint collaboration which produced “19.5” and Peshays first solo outings, the awesome “PIANO & VOCAL TUNES”, now all acclaimed classics for the GOOD LOOKING imprint.

Then due to an illness Peshay was unable to DJ or produce for nearly two years. His comeback session at Metalheadz bluenote club is still talked about today. It wasn’t long before Peshay had re-established himself both behind the decks and in the recording studio.

After a couple of projects for BASEMENT RECORDS which include “FUTURAMA” and “ROLL THE BEATS”, Peshay produced “PSYCHOSIS”, “PREDATOR”, “ON THE NILE” and “NOCTURNAL” as well as a host of remixes for METALHEADZ. Peshay also contributed to the acclaimed “LOGICAL PROGRESSION” and “PLATINUM BREAKS” albums with FFRR as well as being chosen to remix both releases from the acclaimed album “TIMELESS” by Goldie, as well as stinging remixes of Ltj Bukem’s “MUSIC” and GALLIANO’s “FREEFALL”.

Peshay was signed by JAMES LAVELLE for MO WAX in late 1995. Peshay then locked himself away in the studio for almost a year until he had finished his debut album. Suddenly everything came to a grinding halt. As merger mania in the record industry came rumbling into Peshays life. By the end of 1998 Peshay finally found himself at ISLAND RECORDS. The critically acclaimed album “MILES FROM HOME” was released in 1999 on Island BLUE Records, the label managed by ROSS ALLEN.

In April 2002 Peshay alongside Co-Ordinate released the Anthemic “You Got Me Burning” which received worldwide acclaim and was played everywhere by everyone. After that followed the “Fuzion” album on Cublk Music which received rave reviews by a number of music magazines worldwide. “You Got Me Burning” was playlisted on Radio 1 and received airplay from the likes of Fabio & Grooverider,Chris Moyles,Mary Anne Hobbs,Dave Pierce etc etc. Then followed “Jammin” which was a break from the norm which incorporated a calypso style breakdown which got rewound everywhere from London to New Zealand!! A tune which created bedlam wherever and whenever it was played!!

Peshays remix credits include artists such as GALLIANO, JAY DEE, JOHN COLTRANE, PHOTEK, CARL CRAIG, GOLDIE, INGRID SCHROEDER, LTJ BUKEM, DJ SHADOW and COURTNEY PINE to name but a few. Always choosing to remix tunes he personally likes has produced an impressive catalogue of quality dance tracks.

In 2009 Peshay is set to return with his new album which will include a mixture of styles,tempos ranging from 90bpm through to 175bpm incorporating influences from Jazz,Disco,Funk,House,Hip Hop amongst others.

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