Gary Gecko

GARY GECKO

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For just over 6 years now DJ Gary has been running Gecko, one of the coolest beach venues in the world. Open day and night 365 days a year and set in the tropical paradi... read more
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Biography

For just over 6 years now DJ Gary has been running Gecko, one of the coolest beach venues in the world.

Open day and night 365 days a year and set in the tropical paradise of Bophut beach on Koh Samui Thailand.

Gary is certainly no newcomer to the music industry.

With 17 years of DJing and gigs in every continent under his belt,you can see why Gecko Samui has one of the most incredible music policies on Earth.

Gecko has become a place where dreams come to life and it is all down to this man.

As Resident and owner at Gecko and THE original pioneer of what is now a thriving Samui scene, Gary has invited the cream of the worlds djs to play at his all day Sunday Sessions and Love it parties. It did not take much persuading!

DJs play totally in and out of character and let themselves be drawn into the Gecko vibe.

Within the last couple of years at Gecko, Big Events with Danny Ramplings Last ever set on NYE 2005, Norman Jay MBE, Dave Seaman, Jon Carter, Smokin Jo,Mark Knight,Brandon Block, Shovell, Krafty Kuts, Clive Henry (Peace Division), Lisa Loud, Jo Mills, Max Graham, Nightmares On Wax, Hoxton Whores,Tim Sheridan, Gee Moore,

Rob Roar (Max Linen), Oliver Lang, B.L.I.M, Freestylers, Anthony Pappa and Ricardo Villalobos to name but a few and also Ministry of Sound (World Tour Asia End Party),We Love Sundays (Space),Circo Loco (DC10),Renaissance,

Big Beat Boutique, Cafe Mambo and Club Q (Zurich) have all flown in to Samui for Gecko Madness alongside the die-hard Partyman himself!

Gecko Voted 3rd of Top 10 Divine Parties in the world!

By Danny Rampling – DJ Mag Jan 06

(Now thats saying something considering Pacha, Ibiza was 10th!)

Danny Ramplings Last Ever professional Performance at Gecko on NYE 2005 was without doubt, The most amazing party ever held in Thailand to date with Gary playing through the midnight hour before Ramplings 8hr marathon set!

Ill let you into a little secret, this place is superior to any of the

Ibiza sunset strip joints in every way

MoS UK

Garys Love It parties at Gecko have legendary potential

DJ Mag May 03

Garys been casually enticing people off the beach with anthem after anthem and not only is it going right off, but if it wasnt for all the smiles..youd probably need to send in the riot police.

DJ Mag Ibiza Sept 2003

There were people dancing on tables, chairs, sunbeds, you name it if it had room for pair of feet, then it was probably being jumped on.

DJ Mag Ibiza Sept 2003

2005 Was another amazing year for Gary.

After starting the year off at Gecko Samui with some unforgettable Beach Parties and in high demand, DJing at all of the top venues in Bangkok including Narcisis and The Met bar along with live radio sets on 102.5 FM Thailand, He set Europe alight yet again.. on a much larger scale!!

Kicking off with a wicked set at Dave Beers Crazy Back to Basics in Leeds, Gary landed in Ibiza on the following Monday morning with a bang! Straight into Circo Loco at DC10 and literally Blew up the terrace! It was then onto Bora Bora and the first gig of Gary and Gee Moores Joint venture.. Sun of a Beach World Tour..

After a marathon 8 hour set in a packed Bora Bora, it was off to Cream @ Amnesia on the same night where Gary rocked yet another Terrace straight after Tiesto! It was then back to London again where Gee and Gary were top of the bill @ Pacha in the main room in front of a big Home Crowd.

Next for Gary was a Nutty Circo Loco party @ the new Egg club in London With Terry Farley, Jo Mills, Tania Vulkano and the Back 2 Basics Boys, Dave Beer and Paul Woolford. After that it was off to Zurich for the Street Parade where Gary was invited back to play on the Club Q Love Mobile in front of a biggest ever crowd of one million people.

Gee came along this time and the two of them rocked the after party at Q in the Sun of a Beach main room. It was another Street Parade the week after that, this time in Rotterdam, where two Garys, Gecko and Gary Dedman (Hoxton Whores)Rocked the UDG float with 400,000 people getting amongst it with em! The following weekend proved to be the an even bigger success than the previous couple of weeks, when The Sun of a Beach Tour hit Clapham Common in South London @ SW4!

With Sasha and Morillo (main stage) and Xpress2 and Tall Paul in the Heat Arena, Gary and Gee had their work cut out in the Sun of a Beach Arena,and Boy did this gig go right off!…..The floor was packed from start to finish! Gary and Gee then went on and blew up the Ministry of Sound in Taipei with a fantastic back to back set! The whole club was decked out like a beach with palm trees, sand the lot!

It was then onto Manila for the 5th annual Cream Halloween ball with over 3,000 people going crazy in costumes at the NBC Tent. Then it was onto the paradise island of Boracay for a wicked beach party at Hey Jude then back to Bangkok where Gary and Gee hit the Met bar together in front of the TV cameras for Channel V

On the Production side of Things…

Whilst in London in July 2004, between gigs Gary got together with old friends percussionist Shovell (previously of M- People)and The Hoxton Whores at their Brick Lane recording studio and together they co-wrote an absolute Bomb of a track, aptly entitled BOMB THE TERRACE

GARY GECKO AND SHOVELL VS HOXTON WHORES

After giving out just 2 CDRs of this track, before even one test pressing had been made they found themselves sitting at Number 7 in the DMC BUZZ Chart on Pete Tongs Radio 1 show (August)

Released early October 04,

Bomb the Terrace reached number 7 in the HYPE CHART, Issue 375 of DJ Magazine. Seb Fontaine is also a big fan of the track, Number 1 in his September Top 10!

As if one big track wasnt enough, Gary found himself on the other end of

a phone call from Jon Carter and within 2 days he had postponed his flight back to Thailand and was back at Brick Lane studio with Jon and the Hoxton Whores again!

DOUBLE DROP

GARY GECKO AND JON CARTER VS HOXTON WHORES

Double Drop was co- written by Gecko, Jon Carter and Hoxton Whores.

This one is just as crazy as the first track if not more and DJs waited impatiently for pressings after Jon Carter let it loose in Amnesia and the place went Completely Nuts!

Erik Morillo tipped this to be massive when he included it in his top 10 future releases in Mixmag Oct

Now being played by A-list DJs including Fat Boy Slim, Morillo, Tong, Lawler, Lisa Loud the list goes on..

Double Drop was also named Essential Tune of the week on Pete Tongs radio 1 show Dec 5th and placed high up in the Buzz and Coolcuts charts.

Double Drop was also included in the Nasty Dirty Sex Music Compilation out on Ministry of Sound label

Gary and Gee Moore also Knocked up a cracking tune together with

Pig Bwoy aka Dave Coker from the band Futon.

DONT YOU KNOW?

GARY GECKO AND PIG BWOY Vs GEE MOORE

(GARY GECKO TEAR ARSE TERRACE MIX)

Dont You Know? was co- written by Gecko, Gee Moore and Pig Bwoy

Soon to be released, the original mix took the roof off at Heaven in London in front of Danny Tennaglia

and 3,000 crazy Bora Bora fans! .. Now Gary has taken it to pieces and pulled a real future classic out of the bag!!

This mix is getting rave reviews before even any test pressings have been made!

Gary has since knocked up an amazing partnership with Pig Bwoy and

written another 5 incredible tracks due for release over the next few months of 2006

The first due for release in a few weeks is set be MASSIVE!

Garys been taking roofs off with this every time he plays it!

SHES HARDCORE

GARY GECKO AND PIG BWOY

co- written by Gary Gecko and Pig Bwoy

Out Soon on Toolroom Records

Its the Shiny Disco Balls of 2006!

- Mark Knight

referring to the Hit Factor of this track.

The perfect follow up to that has found Gary and Pig Bwoy working alongside Mc Kinky of Generations of Love and Everything Starts with an E Fame, aptly entitled.. D SKA STING

GARY GECKO AND PIG BWOY FEATURING MC KINKY

Other titles from to watch out for in 2006 are

HASHES 2 ASHES

GARY GECKO AND PIG BWOY

LONDON BRIDGE

GARY GECKO AND KRISS DARANG

GET DOWN TONIGHT

GARY GECKO AND PIG BWOY

Gary is also currently working on the Gecko debut compilation album

GECKO BEACH, FAR AWAY IN TIME

compiled and mixed by Gary Gecko

Out Soon, Watch the space!

So… Where did it all start then?

Londoner Gary is no newcomer when it comes to the dance music scene… Inspired by the smoke and lights of Londons original sweaty underground clubs, Ramplings Shoom in S.E.1, Lisa and Nancys Loud Noise and Future @ Sound Shaft, with Spectrum Just next door @ Heaven…. for him, it was exactly that ! Stick a couple of weeks in Ibiza in with all that, getting amongst it under the stars @ Amnesia… and he was hooked!

The sounds of Chicago Acid House Trax, Mr Fingers, Marshall Jefferson, Adonis, Nightwriters and co, blending incredibly with the Balearic anthems of Enzo Avitabile, The Wooden Tops, The Residents and Thrashing Doves catapulted Gary straight into the record shops.

Music had no boundaries for Gary after that and he found himself experimenting expanding the limits of House music (Musically of Course) Partying was and still is his favorite pastime and with the amount that man was doing then, he listened to a lot of music and built up an unbelievable record collection fast!

After what Gary called an 18 month apprenticeship, getting his foot in the door at all of the top clubs and outdoor venues in Tenerife, he decided it was time to head back and assault Londons clubs….only this time, not just as a spectator!

Close friends Blaine and Barry Ashworth (now with Dub Pistols) had opened De Ja Vu records in Covent Garden. It was while playing in the shop that Gary met Darren Emmerson. They went on to be residents together for more than a year @ Foreplay in the Gass and Naked Lunch @ The Emporium.

From then on, Gary established himself more and more playing in various clubs and events around London and the UK before deciding it was too cold for him in London SE3 and time to broaden his horizons and head for sunnier climbs onto playing Ibiza, Mote Carlo, Brazil, Hong Kong, Bangkok, wherever the music takes him.

The rest, as we say…

…IS HISTORY!

Until now, Gary is still playing alongside the cream of the worlds DJs in every continent… from Brighton to Rio de Janeiro! Phew! Where does he find time for a little fun ?