Starting out broadcasting on pirate radio from in his parent’s shed at the age of 14, Gilles Peterson’s passion for music runs deep. Those humble beginnings offered little clue to the influence Peterson would eventually command, first as the man behind the now famous Talkin’ Loud night at Camden’s Dingwalls. With a crowd that included the likes of Gang Starr, Courtney Pine and Roy Ayers, Peterson’s night quickly became renowned around the world as a place to hear the freshest blends of everything from Jazz to Acid House. This experience emboldened Peterson to start a label of the same name, which employed an approach reflective of his diverse tastes. Initially moderately succesful, Talking Loud would gone to put out no fewer than 5 Mercury nominated LP’s, winning in ’97 with Roni Size Reprazent’s ‘New Forms’.
Now running Brownswood, which has been a home to artist such as Ghostpoet (who has also received a Mercury nomination), Mala, Ben Westbeech and Jose James, Peterson also curates the popular Worldwide festival and hosts a number of radio shows. After nearly 30 years, there are now more people than ever before who look to him and his inimitable brand of authoritatively delivered eclecticism.