So last night saw the grand finale of what can only be described as a very sad day for Radio 1. I now no longer have any reason to lock in or listen back. Gilles' departure and shift over to Radio 6Music signals the end of my Radio 1 days, it's no longer relevant to my interests. I've been listening to Gilles' show for about 10 years, either live as a student or either on a listen back tip at work. He's introduced me to a plethora of music over the years from Baille Funk and Latin American music to a variety of Hip Hop and House records. He joins the dots and we as London music lovers owe a great deal to Gilles, from being at the heart of Rare Groove to championing Broken Beat, the esoteric end of Drum & Bass and Dubstep, he's played it all. Prior to last nights show he's been conducting some retrospectives, each focussing on a sound or scene with Gilles digging through the crates and playing the gems from the show's 14 year past.
Last year I ventured with my girlfriend to Sete for his Worldwide Festival and those in the know can attest to what truly is a remarkable mix of music and vibes in an idyllic setting. I met Thristian BPM down there and he's just one of many people to come through the Brownswood crew to develop his own lane in London's music scene with Boiler Room. The other most notable graduate being Benji B and the BNTL crew are full supporters of Deviation and what he's been doing for some time. A massive thank you to Gilles for what has been a great education in music.
Gilles hasn't always been at Radio 1 and has played on all the major London stations, so change isn't new and with his move to 6Music we can expect progression. He's going to be soundtracking Soccer Saturday from 3 till 6pm. Listen Back to his last Radio 1 show on iplayer HERE and full tracklisting HERE