Among the top dance DJs in the UK, Pete Tong has preserved his standing while probably the most powerful person in UK dance music as a result of his regular Essential Selection radio program on BBC Radio One (aired to around one-million listeners) including his nightclub shows before 1000s of folks.
Entering this world in Dartford, Kent in 1960, Tong performed percussion in a school band throughout his teen years, but after changed to DJing. Right after exiting school, he was a traveling DJ who performed at weddings and celebrations throughout the late 1970’s, and paid his dues at smaller music labels also.
By ’83, Peter Tong had accepted employment with London Records working as an A&R consultant. It was this job that would eventually expose Tong to what is now known as Chicago House music.
Soon after connecting with the executives of Trax Records and DJ International (two extremely influential Chicago house music labels), Tong arranged an ’86 collection named The House Sound of Chicago, Volume One. This was the very first UK release to introduce Chicago house music.
Nevertheless, Tong had by no means abandoned DJing throughout his stint with London Records, and he started marketing the Chicago sound at nightclubs around London, ultimately causing the break-out throughout the late 1980s.
After the British Broadcasting Corporation started giving airtime to accommodate songs, Tong proved to be normal selection to direct the periods, along with his Crucial Choice radio show (air every Friday evening) became the location for nightclub partygoers — and label executives — to acquire information regarding the newest in dance-music.
Tong’s status grew as large so that as rapidly since the whole world-extensive reputation of home songs through the first ’90s, and he launched numerous selections showing his combining abilities — 4 volumes of the Dance Nation series including as in the Essential Selection show.
In November of 2012, Tong was requested by Clear Channel Communications inside the USA to support start a brand new EDM station on the iHeartRadio system called “Progression,” which functions forefront Dance, Trance, House and Electronic music tracks. Combined with launching, Tong released a nightly 2-hour plan aptly titled “Its All Gone Pete Tong” (subsequent to the film of the exact same name), that is similar to BBC1 show. The stage would later form the idea for Apparent Channel to broaden the “development” business name for the terrestrial airwaves against the December 20 of ’12 launching of the structure on WEDX/Boston, with Tong performing publicity and voice-over drops for your station. Moreover, his iHeartRadio software also hits the airwaves on WEDX.