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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). Born Grégory Darsa, he became serious about house music around 1990, when he began making annual pilgrimages to New York City to explore the city’s club scene. During the early ’90s he became known in the French house scene importing underground New York dance music to France. This is how he met DJ Deep and by mid-decade he was making a name for himself as a DJ, most notably appearing regularly on Radio FG in collaboration with DJ Deep.
In 1996 DJ Gregory made his recording debut with a Cerrone Sample, “Take the Cash & Run,” on Basenotic Records as Cheesy D. Then he hits the charts with his remix of cheek “Venus” Sunshine People. The following year he co-produced “Faithfull,” a hit collaboration with Julien Jabre as Fantom for the EMI subsidiary Source. Throughout the remainder of the decade, he produced additional tracks under a series of monikers — namely Bobby Ewing, .G, Prassay, Carinhoso Project, and DJ Gregory — for a variety of labels, most notably Yellow Productions, home of DJ Yellow and Bob Sinclar. 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). Year 2008: Gregory relocates to Amsterdam, now exploring the Dutch club scene and collaborations with Holland’s finest producers (names tracks?). Meanwhile he takes on a couple of projects, traveling back and forth to Brazil and Angola and working with the local artists. 2009 looks promising so far. More studio projects, more releases, more travel, more collaborations. This versatile, emotional and ground-breaking producer is not done yet so definitely stay tuned.