| Neil Quigley |
We live in darkened times. A mood has transcended the earth, sweeping through clubland like a long since forgotten pox. The smile of the clubber has gone, now replaced by a distant glare, the rhythmical melody now nothing more than a minimal bleep.
But all is not lost. There are still those DJ?s out there who buck the trend, refusing to be dragged in to this techy void. Instead they stride on, remaining true to the virtues of house music past.
Neil Quigley is one such DJ. When all around him seem destined to follow a path, Neil is out there happy to forge his own. Of course he is influenced, but when those influences range from the Fathers of Sound to Charles Webster, Francois K to Groove Armada it is clear for anyone to see, Neil Quigley is a man with more than just a melody in his heart.
We first encountered Neil on his globally acclaimed 'Pacemaker' series. Where there are those that vilify the power of the Internet, this young man from an unknown English town, was happy to see his star rising in cities he may still never visit. Cultured, crafted, sublime. As a mixed CD it was as close to commercially viable as you can get, bar for the fact that no label could ever license those tracks together.
Again he turned to the Internet to build on his growing name. With a monthly slot on the ever popular Proton Radio (www.protonradio.com), Neil?s 'Before/After' show not only gave his loyal band of global followers deeper insights in to the man and his record box, it also showed the calibre of guests willing to put their name with his. DJ Paolo Mojo and producer Ty Tek are a mere glimpse in to the talent past and future who are only too happy to be associated with the show.
But recorded music can only scratch the surface of what he has to offer. A regular on the London scene, the last year has seen Neil rise from pre-party DJ, to gracing the decks of clubs such as The End and The Cross as a regular for the ever-impressive 'Prologue' night.
Much is still to come for the man described as ?the best undiscovered DJ? by James Zabiela in last year?s DJ Mag Poll Winners Edition. The talent is there, the determination is evident and for once in this fickle scene, the admirers are here to stay.
Words: Chris King, DJ Magazine.