Gilles Peterson is a British-based DJ, record collector and record label owner residing in London. Via his labels Acid Jazz, Talkin’ Loud and, since 2006, Brownswood Recordings. Brownswood Recordings have produced artists such as Mala, Ghostpoet, Owiny Sigoma Band, working with artists such as Lefto, Simbad, Four Tet and many more. Peterson has been associated with the careers of well-known artists of the 1990s such as Erykah Badu, Roni Size and Jamiroquai.
After starting out on pirate radio, and having shows on various legal London-based radio stations, most notably Kiss FM dance music station, he was recruited to the BBC’s youth-oriented Radio 1 in 1998. Since 2012, he hosts a three-hour BBC 6 Music Saturday show, 3-6pm. Peterson’s “Musical Vitamins” range from Jazz, Hiphop, Afro, Electronica, house & Soul featuring visits and guest mixes from such luminaries as Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Brainfeeder boss Flying Lotus and soul legend Bobby Womack.
Peterson has a Saturday afternoon BBC Radio 6 Music radio show, where guests such as Kamasi Washington, Jamie xx, Howling, Bonobo and Kate Tempest have all had sessions with Peterson himself. He also broadcasts an internationally syndicated worldwide show across seven European countries, including: Radio Nova (France), FM4 (Austria), Radio X (Germany) and Funkhaus Europa (Germany), plus InterFM in Japan, Tysa FM (Ukraine) and FBi Click in Australia. In parallel to this, he hosts frequent DJing gigs around the world.
Peterson became popular on his SoundCloud with a follower base of more than 3 million, featuring mixes and artists from Brownswood Recordings.