Peggy Gou: Welcome To The Age Of Gou-mania
Status: Available Now!
Type: News
Date: Thursday 22 February 2018, 12:00 AM
Media: Mixmag

About the person Peggy Gou:
Art: Music
Genres: Electronic, Turntablism, House, Techno, Club, Tech House, Electro House, Deep House, Electro, Rave, Dark Electro, Dark Electronica, Electronica, Ambient, Chill Out, Ambient Techno, Ambient House, Dark Ambient
Notable Organizations: Mixmag
She once said that she wanted to be the first South Korean DJ to play Berghain. She's since achieved that, and much, much more. Strolling briskly up the stairs of the Barbican exhibition space, whipping up a small whirlwind behind her with her long green trenchcoat, Peggy Gou stops abruptly at the very first painting we see. “PG!” she exclaims, pointing at the silver painted letters. It’s unlikely that artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Peggy fan – after all, he died in 1988, two years before she was born – but along with hundreds of people chanting her name so loud she can’t hear the music she’s playing, and / or waving their shoes at her in time, the arts and creativity are certainly a big part of what’s best described as Gou-mania. Take this scene at a recent UK gig. “This guy kept on opening an umbrella in the club. Security kept ordering him to put it away. I know in England that’s bad luck. They got freaked out!”. But then she spotted that the umbrella said ‘I love Peggy’ and took things into her own hands, going down to fetch it and perch it on the booth. “If you can’t do it, I will do it for you!” she grins. Just two years ago Peggy Gou, one of the hottest DJ properties around, increasingly esteemed producer and subject of one of the most creative fandoms in dance music, was working at a record shop in Berlin, exiled from her family in Korea, and preparing to release her music for the first time ever. Records on Rekids, Phonica White and Technicolour in 2016, followed by a punishing touring schedule over the past year and a half, have sent her into the stratosphere. A forthcoming EP on Ninja Tune is the best thing she has ever done, and already a shoe-in for one of the releases of the year. “If you want to take advice from a guy with ... a sense of smell for what’s hot,” says Dutch DJ veteran San Proper, “Peggy is. Trust me.”
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