DJ Fergie

One of the UK's top DJs is from Larne

DJ Fergie hails from Larne in Co Antrim, where he started DJing in his bedroom at the tender age of 12. His first musical influences were anything from garage to bouncy house.

Fergie’s debut set was at the now defunct Airport 2000. He was only 14, and he stood on a beer crate so he could reach the decks. Unfortunately, the police escorted him out of the club before his set was even over as he was underage. By the time he was 16, Fergie had covered every major club in Ireland and his career was well on its way.

At this young age, Fergie held a residency at The House night in Larne, and during one of his sets, he was spotted by the legendary DJ Tony de Vit. He was so taken aback by the young DJ’s talent that he asked him to play for a bit longer so he could listen. De Vit then asked Fergie to come to England for his first taste of premier league DJing.

Still aged only 16, Fergie got the opportunity to go on his first DJing tour, spending two weeks in South Africa. The tour was a success, and the following year he was block booked for a host of gigs in London, the club capital of the world, playing Privilege, Space and Bora Bora. He also secured a regular spot at the London hard house club Trade.

By late 1998, Fergie was on another tour, this time in Australia, taking in huge gigs at Melbourne and Sydney. In 1999, he jetted to the east coast of America, where he wowed the crowds in Atlanta, New York and Philadelphia. At 18, he was not yet old enough to drink according to US law.

Towards the end of 1999, Fergie was voted best up and coming DJ by Muzik Magazine. The following week, he was named as one of the UK’s top 20 DJs by Mixmag Magazine. In 2000, he was again nominated as Muzik Magazine’s best new DJ, and rated highly in DJ Magazine’s poll.

DJ Fergie is best known for his weekly radio show on Radio 1, but he has also presented interviews and live mixes on Club FM Dublin and Cool FM Belfast, and guested on Kiss FM London.

In between international jet setting, and winning numerous DJ polls, Fergie also finds the time to produce his own music. His first release, ‘Deception’, was on Trade Records, and sold out within its first couple of days of release, charting nationally at number 36. With more single releases planned, and with the ever rising success of his weekly BBC Radio 1 show, there looks like there is no stopping this young lad from Larne, still only in his early 20s. He continues to make regular appearances in Northern Ireland, and is regarded by many young aspiring Northern Irish DJs as proof of what can be achieved.

Roddy O’Flaherty