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DJ GREGORY in Akara Villas

Submitted by on Monday, 10 October 20114 Comments

DJ Gregory began his recording career in the late ’90s, producing tracks for the labels Basenotic Records and Yellow Productions, before affiliating himself with the celebrated Africanism project and ultimately founding his own label, Faya Combo, in the new millennium. Two of his signature productions are “Tropical Soundclash” (2002) and “Elle” (2003). During the early ’90s he became known in the French house scene importing underground New York dance music to France.
In 2000 he began producing tracks as Africanism, a collaborative project on Yellow Productions; two of his productions in the series, “Block Party” and “Tourment d’Amour,” became international club hits.

Established as a hit maker, DJ Gregory founded his own label in 2002, Faya Combo, and released “Tropical Soundclash,” another sensation, this one billed to himself. His fifth release on Faya Combo, “Elle” (2003), was also a club smash. During this same time period, he and Bob Sinclar mixed the double-disc Africanism (2002); plus, he and Julien Jabre produced a series of tracks for Basic Recordings under the Soha moniker. In 2004 Gregory was awarded “MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCER” at the House Music Awards. In subsequent years, DJ Gregory affiliated himself with Defected Records, on which he released Faya Combo Sessions (2008), a three-CD collection of his work (the first disc a DJ mix, the second a compilation of his productions, the third a compilation of productions as remixed by others).

Now in 2011, he’s back with his tour dates around Asia and Europe.  We were fortunate to have him stay at Akara Villas and had the chance to meet him in person and talk about how fond he is of Bali and he’s always happy to be back in the island.  During his stay with us, he had a gig at Hu’u Bar on Friday, 16th September 2011. And he pleased the crowd with his epic tunes and the club was packed as usual.

Thank you for stopping by in Bali. We’ll be waiting for your next visit.


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