A Guy Called Gerald

Infobox musical artist
Name = A Guy Called Gerald

Img_capt = A Guy Called Gerald performing at DEMF in 2007
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Gerald Simpson
Origin = Moss Side, Manchester, England
Born = birth date and age|1967|2|16
Instrument = Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Sampler, Keyboards
Genre = Acid House House Drum & Bass Techno Electronica
Occupation = Producer, Musician, DJ
Years_active =
Label = SUGOI, Protechshon, Rham Records, CBS/Sony, Juice Box Records, Retroactive, !K7 Records, Sender Records, Laboratory Instinct, Perlon Records
Associated_acts = 808 State
URL = [http://www.guycalledgerald.com/ guycalledgerald.com]

A Guy Called Gerald is the stage name for musician, record producer and DJ Gerald Simpson (born February 16, 1967) from Moss Side in Manchester, United Kingdom.

He is perhaps best known for his early work in the Manchester acid house scene in the late 1980s and the track "Voodoo Ray". At that time, he specialised in techno music produced using equipment such as the Roland TB-303 bass synthesiser and the TR-808 drum machine.

Early influences and music

Simpson was heavily influenced by his Jamaican roots; his father's blue beat, ska and Trojan reggae record collection, his mother's pentecostal church sessions and the Jamaican sound system parties in Manchester's Moss Side area where he grew up.

He absorbed jazz fusion at clubs like Legends in Manchester where the dancefloor in the early 1980s inspired him to study contemporary dance. Around 1983 with electro booming and early hip hop, breakdancing and b-boy culture making its way from the US, he left dance college to immerse himself in electronic music. At this time music from Detroit and Chicago - from producers such as Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson was being played by Stu Allen on Piccadilly Radio and imported directly into Manchester's specialist record shops.

Inspired, Simpson began experimenting with tape editing and drum machines and the regular jams in the attic of his house led to forming the Scratchbeat Masters. Using cut up beats, samples and turntables they would challenge other crews and their sound systems. They released a 12" single called "Wax On The Melt", a collaboration between a number of crews and Graham Massey and Martin Price together with whom he would later form 808 State. Their first album "Newbuild" was released in 1988 but he soon left the group to concentrate on his solo work.

uccess and releases

The result of heading back into his bedroom studio was "Voodoo Ray", played first at the infamous Hacienda in 1988 and then the underground clubs and entering the UK charts a year later. It was one of the first acid house tracks produced in the UK, and released on a small Merseyside independent label (Rham! Records). This was a time when musicians believed they needed to be signed to a major record company to have a hit but without the backing of the major label marketing machine and spurred on by the acid house fever sweeping the club scene, "Voodoo Ray" entered the UK charts in 1989 rising to number 12. It was also the best selling independently released single of that year.fact|date=August 2007

At the same time a track Simpson started before leaving 808 State, "Pacific State". was released and hit the charts. However, according to Simpson, they had finished and released the track without Simpson's permission. Although Simpson was credited on its first release on the album "Quadrastate" both as a writer and co-producer, the dispute escalated as Simpson claimed to have written the entire track. The dispute was eventually settled out of court.

In 1991 after a mismatched partnership with CBS / Sony producing two albums, "Automanikk" and "Hi Life Lo Profile" (unreleased) he started his own label, Juice Box Records, releasing a string of pioneering 12" singles - the seeds of what became known as jungle and later drum and bass. The first singles were compiled and released on his landmark (and very rare) third album "28 Gun Bad Boy" (1992).

During the next five years as jungle rose in popularity and expanded well beyond its UK roots, Simpson released a string of groundbreaking music. In 1995 his next album, "Black Secret Technology" was released. It is cited as one of the first single-artist drum and bass albums and was very well received.

In 1997 he moved to New York and in 2000 released "Essence" on the independent label !K7 Records. "Essence" was Simpson's first song-based rather than dance/club album featuring guests such as Lou Rhodes, David Simpson, Lady Miss Kier and Wendy Page.

In October 2004 "Voodoo Ray" appeared in popular videogame , playing on House Music radio station .

In January 2005 he released a more ambient album "To All Things What They Need" on !K7 Records.

His latest album called "Proto Acid / The Berlin Sessions" was released on German label Laboratory Instinct in August 2006. A continuous mix album it was recorded live in Berlin and is a definite return to the dancefloor. He is currently touring clubs worldwide and releasing on his own labels SUGOI and PROTECHSHON.

In June 2008 he re-issued a remastered version of 1995's "Black Secret Technology" and in August 4th a new 12" "In Ya Head" was released on Berlin's respected Perlon Records label.

Juice Box Records

Infobox record label
name = Juice Box Records

image_bg =
parent =
founded = 1992
founder = Gerald Simpson
defunct = 1998
distributor =
genre = Jungle
drum and bass Techno
country = United Kingdom
location = Manchester, England
url =

Juice Box Records was an independent record label in the United Kingdom established by in 1992, after he left Sony Records, [http://www.visionmusic.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=51&Itemid=28 Vision - A Guy Called Gerald ] ] and closed in 1998. It took its name from the sound system that Simpson operated with MC Tunes. [http://homepages.force9.net/king1/Media/Articles/Eternity-June1994.htm Label Profile - A Guy Called Gerald" from "Echoes", June 1994] ] The label provided an outlet for 7 years for Simpson's work, with 33 titles released, by A Guy Called Gerald, Simpson under various other pseudonyms such as The K.G.B., and collaborations between Simpson and artists including Ricky Rouge, Lisa May, DJ Tamsin, Goldie (as "The 2 G's"), and Finley Quaye. [http://www.discogs.com/label/Juice+Box Juice Box ] ]

The label has been identified as being responsible for influential releases that provided the blueprint for what was to become jungle then drum n bass, with early singles on the label described as "genre-defining". [http://www.samurai.fm/aguycalledgerald/index.php samurai.fm | new music radio from Tokyo, Japan & The World ] ] The early singles on the label were compiled on the LP "28 Gun Bad Boy", of which Simon Reynolds of Melody Maker stated in a review of the album, "If there was a blueprint for what would transform rave into jungle/techno, then this is it." Reynolds also stated in a Melody Maker article in October 1994, about Simpson's Juice Box-era music, "Gerald's tracks take the jungle mesh of polyrhythms, cross-rhythms and counter-rhythms to new levels of insane detail." [Melody Maker, 8th October, 1994, reproduced [http://homepages.force9.net/king1/Media/Articles/MelodyMaker-8October1994.htm here] ] Gerald's "Black Secret Technology" LP was released in 1995, including contributions from Goldie and Finley Quaye, and is regarded as the first full-length Jungle album ever released. [ [http://wc08.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:ke0qoayauij9 Allmusic review of "Black Secret Technology"] ] In 1998, the label closed, with Simpson relocating to New York.


Albums (A Guy Called Gerald)
*"Hot Lemonade" (Rham! Records 1989)
*"The John Peel Sessions" (Strange Fruit 1989)
*"Automanikk" (Columbia/CBS, 1990)
*"Hi Life, Lo Profile" (Columbia/CBS, 1990—Unreleased)
*"28 Gun Bad Boy" (Juice Box Records 1992)
*"Black Secret Technology" (Juice Box Records 1995)
*"The John Peel Sessions - A Guy Called Gerald" (Strange Fruit 1999)
*"Cryogenix" MP3.com 1999 (Unavailable)
*"Essence" (!K7 Records 2000)
*"To All Things What They Need" (!K7 Records 2005)
*"Proto Acid - The Berlin Sessions" (Laboratory Instinct 2006)

Singles / 12" (A Guy Called Gerald unless specified)
*"Voodoo Ray" Single (Rham! Records 1988)
*"Voodoo Ray" EP (Rham! Records 1988)
*"Voodoo Ray Remixes" (Warlock USA 1988)
*"Voodoo Ray Remixes" (Rham! Records 1988)
*"Hot Lemonade" (Rham! Records 1989)
*"Hot Lemonade Youth Remixes" (Rham! Records 1989)
*"The Peel Sessions" EP (Strange Fruit 1989)
*"Trip City" 1989
*"FX Mayday Mix" (CBS / Sony 1989)
*"FX Elevation Mix" (CBS / Sony 1989)
*"The Peel Sessions" EP USA 1990
*"Automannik (Just 4 U Gordon Mix" EP USA 1990
*"Automannik (Bass Overload Mix" EP USA 1990
*"Automannik (Bass Overload Mix" EP USA 1990
*"Emotions Electric" (Juice Box Records 1990)
*"Disneyband / Anything" (Juice Box Records 1991)
*"Nowhere To Run" - Inertia (Black Out Records 1991)
*"Digital Bad Boy" (Juice Box Records 1992)
*"Cops" (Juice Box Records 1992)
*"Ses Makes You Wise" (Juice Box Records 1992)
*"The Musical Magical Midi Machine" (Juice Box Records 1992)
*"Changing" (Juice Box Records 1992)
*"I Feel The Magic" (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Strange Love" - Ricky Rouge (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Strange Love Remixes" - Ricky Rouge (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"When You Took My Love" - Ricky Rouge (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"De Ja Vu" - Ricky Rouge (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Song For Every Man" - Ricky Rouge (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Satisfaction" - Inertia (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Fragments" - Inertia (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Too Fucked To Dance" - Inertia (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"The Glok" (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Nazinji-zaka" (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Darker Than I Should Be" (Juice Box Records 1993)
*"Finley's Rainbow" (Juice Box Records 1995)
*"Finley's Rainbow Remixes" (Juice Box Records 1995)
*"So Many Dreams" (Juice Box Records 1996)
*"The Curse Of Voodoo Ray" Promo Only (Juice Box Records 1996)
*"Radar Systems" (Juice Box Records 1998)
*"Fever" (!K7 2000)
*"Humanity" (!K7 2000)
*"First Try" (!K7 2005)
*"Flo-ride" (Sugoi 2005)
*"Is Man In Danger" (Protechshon 2005)
*"Sufistifunk" (Sugoi 2006)
*"Time To Jak" (Sender 2006)
*"Proto Acid / The Berlin Sessions 1" (Laboratory Instinct 2006)
*"Proto Acid / The Berlin Sessions 2" (Laboratory Instinct 2006)
*"In Ya Head feat. Mia" (Perlon Records PERL71 2008)

Albums (Collaborations)
*"New Build" - 808 State (Creed 1988)
*"Prebuild" - 808 State (Rephlex 2005)

Singles (Collaborations)
*"Let Yourself Go" - 808 State (1988)
*"Dream 17" - Annette (Deconstruction 1988)
*"Massage-A-Rama" - Lounge Jays (1989)
*"Born In The North" - US (Wooden 1989)
*"Energy" - The Two G'$ (Juice Box Records 1995)
*"Black Gravity" - with Herbie Hancock / Bill Laswell (2001)

ee also

*4 Hero
*Acid house
*Adonis (artist)
*Armando (producer)
*Chicago House
*Chip E
*Derrick May
*Detroit Techno
*Drum and Bass
*Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes
*Fingers, Inc.
*House Music
*Juan Atkins
*Oldskool jungle
*Kevin Saunderson
*List of jungle and drum n bass artists
*Underground Resistance



*Carlisle, Colin (1995) [http://www.fly.co.uk/fly/archives/1996/08/a_guy_called_gerald_far_from_the_madding_crowd.html Fly | Global Music Culture]
*Kabuubi, Maxine (2000) [http://www.knowledgemag.co.uk/features.asp?ReviewID=1278&PageNumber=1&SectionID=1031 Knowledge Magazine]
*Shapiro, Peter; Rough Guides (1999) "The Rough Guide to Drum n Bass" ISBN 1-85828-433-3
* [http://www.jahsonic.com/KodwoEshun.html Eshun, Kodwo] (1998) More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction ISBN ?

External links

* [http://www.myspace.com/aguycalledgerald myspace] - myspace
* [http://www.textura.org/newreviewspages/tenquestions_aguycalledgerald.htm Textura Interview (2006)]
* [http://www.ammocity.com/artman/publish/article_200.shtml Interview with Graham Brown-Martin for Ammo City (2004)]
* [http://www.higher-frequency.com/e_interview/guy_called_gerald/index.htm Interview (2003)]
*discogs artist|artist=A+Guy+Called+Gerald|name=A Guy Called Gerald
*musicbrainz artist|id=b343730d-a34e-44d5-9191-a83f00231716|name=A Guy Called Gerald
* [http://www.last.fm/music/A+Guy+Called+Gerald A Guy Called Gerald] at Last.fm

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