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“Steve Gerrard is another DJ who is making a name for himself by delivering great sets everywhere he goes. He always rocks it at Bedrock when he plays.” John Digweed
Steve Gerrard is a name that, if you follow progressive music, you will be hearing plenty of in 2001. Hailing from Chester, he now lives in Birmingham, UK and got his first taste of house music in 1994 when he was given a copy of the first Renaissance album. He recalls hearing the track “Song Of Life” by Leftfield and it completely changed his ear for music and his life today.
In 1998, Steve won Muzik Magazine’ Bedroom Bedlam competition and since then his career has gone from strength to strength. With influences that range from the Sasha and Digweed, Nick Warren and Danny Howells to Adam Freeland and Hybrid and the technical skills of Anthony Pappa, he has developed quite a unique style. Which is: Deep, progressive house mixed with breakbeat and a hint of trance, building steadily and creating a set which is more than the sum of its parts. All the while keeping in mind that it is his job to make people want to dance and keep on dancing.
Moving along to the present, Steve’ living the life that many aspiring DJ’ hope for. He gets to travel all over the world, meeting new people and playing great music. “If you’re lucky”, he says “this job allows you to do all three of those things, and that’ something I’m very grateful for.” Although we know it’ more than just luck that will take you places. Some of Steve’ notable DJing accomplishments include: Winning the Ericsson Muzik Award (best bedroom bedlam DJ 2000), starting his own successful club night in Birmingham called Subspace and headlining at some of the world’ greatest clubs such as Nikita in San Francisco and Giant in Los Angeles. That is just a small sample of his accomplishments, with a full DJing schedule, Steve has had the opportunity to play at the following venues with some of the top DJ’ from around the world: Bedrock; Home (London); Nikita (San Francisco); Giant (LA); Spundae (WMC Miami); Limelight (NYC); Skysound (Mexico); Fluid (Hong Kong); God’ Kitchen; Ministry of Sound; The End (London); Sundissential; Progress (Istanbul); Snakepit (Denver); Club Amsterdam (Denver); Trance Buddha (Amsterdam) and alongside Anthony Pappa, Steve Lawler, Nick Warren, Adam Freeland, Hybrid, Hyper, Craig Richards, Justin Robertson and John Digweed. His broad musical tastes have given him the great chance to appear as the support DJ for Oasis at Wembley Stadium in front of 93,000 people!!!
In other areas, Steve’ mixes have been featured on such infamous dance radio shows such as Pete Tong’ Essential Selection and John Digweed’ Kiss FM show in London. He also had the opportunity to have one of his mixes featured on the cover of the monthly Muzik Magazine (December 2000), which included tracks by Moby, BT, Underworld, Layo & Bushwacka! and Parks & Wilson.
As if the life of a jet-setting wasn’t enough, Steve’ focusing on production in 2001, and one can only imagine what banging tunes he will put out, and whether or not it will lean towards a progressive or breakbeat edge or perhaps a little bit of both. Xpander called Steve “one of the most impressive upcoming DJ’ in the world”, and Chris from Hybrid said in Muzik magazine that “Steve is one of the best up and coming DJs I’ve heard in a long time. He has very similar tunes in his box to me, actually – deep, progressive tracks that aren’t too shiny! I walked into a club recently and he was playing most of the stuff I was going to play… God knows where he gets all those tunes!”