Fergie (born Robert William Ferguson, 16 November 1979) is an Northern Irish DJ and electronic music artist from Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Initially playing hard house in the DJ sets of his early career, he is now better known f
or playing and producing House and Techno music. He also presented his own radio show on BBC Radio 1 for 4 years.
Fergie played his first set at the age of 14 in his native Larne. Allegedly a milk crate was used so that he could reach the decks. Being underage, he was soon ejected from the premises by the police. He followed this by building his reputation at Armagh's The Met, promoted by friend Mark Dobbin. Before moving to London he met Tony de Vit while DJing at Lush! in Kelly's, Portrush. De Vit would become Fergie's mentor, playing together at Trade in Turnmills. Through the 1990s he played at clubs across the UK including Sundissential and Godskitchen. He was also popular in Ibiza, DJing at Privilege, Space and Bora Bora. He has featured in the "DJ Mag Top 100 DJs" poll 7 years in a row (between 2000 and 2006) and currently holds the record for the highest new entry since the poll began, achieved when he was voted 8th in 2000. He's currently living in Las Vegas and has secured a residency at the newly opened Hakkasan Nightclub. He is working under the name Fergie (DJ)
BBC Radio 1
In 2001 he was signed by BBC Radio 1, initially as a bi-monthly resident for its Essential Mix radio show. He went on to record 4 Essential Mixes that year and to date has recorded a total of 8. After his first Essential Mix, Fergie won the "Essential Relief" battle of the DJs style competition which was broadcast live on Radio 1 from the nightclub Home in London, in aid of Comic Relief. He beat Carl Cox and Jon Carter in his first 2 heats and in the final he beat Fatboy Slim. The other competing DJs were Judge Jules, Seb Fontaine, Lottie and Darren Emerson. In 2002 he began hosting his own weekly Friday night show. His first radio show was broadcast live from Larne F.C.'s Inver Park stadium and was billed as his homecoming. Over the lifetime of the show, there were also live broadcasts from Ibiza, Miami, Glastonbury, the Global Gathering festival (UK), the Creamfields festival (UK), the Skol Beats festival (Brazil), Coloursfest (UK), Planet Love (UK), and The Met nightclub in Northern Ireland. These live shows typically featured a live DJ set from Fergie instead of his usual show structure. The show later moved to a Saturday night slot. In September 2006, Fergie left Radio 1 due to the station's schedule revamp on evening and weekend shows. The final show aired 23 September 2006 and was broadcast live from Kellys nightclub in Northern Ireland where he interviewed his mother and brother amongst others. During the time of his radio show he was also a monthly columnist for Mixmag. The column was titled Fergie's Future Heroes and together with his radio show provided exposure for up and coming talent. He recorded a monthly podcast titled '"Fergie's Excentric Muzik Session'" in 2011 which ran for 10 episodes and could be described as having a similar style and structure to his former radio show.
In 2007 Fergie launched his own record label by the name of Excentric Muzik. In 2008 he launched a second label with Mr Henry Von called Rekluse. In 2010 the pair launched a third label together called Tribal Rage.