DJ GILLA (FIRST WORD RECORDS)

DJ Gilla is the founder / A&R for First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Souleance and many more. Originally a club promoter he ran seminal clubnights Funky Mule and New Bohemia in his adopted city of Leeds for many years, putting on shows for a host of acts, including Roots Manuva, Bonobo, Nightmares On Wax, 4Hero, Benji B, Gilles Peterson and Flying Lotus.

Starting out doing warm-up slots at his own nights he gradually built a reputation for his eclectic and floor-filling sets, holding down a residency at famed Leeds venue The Hifi Club for several years. Now a resident at Peckham’s Bussey Building his sets take in beats, soul, hip hop, jazz, disco and beyond.

To get a flavour of his sound check out his Excursions Radio Show: http://www.mixcloud.com/firstwordrecords/.