Pete Tong is an English DJ who has been around as long as my dad. He’s made countless positive contributions to the music industry. He began drumming, but his interests soon turned to deejaying. With his first gig at 15 at a friend’s wedding, he started early with his music career. He rounded up a few friends and began promoting and booking halls for local bands to earn some extra cash. He even set up a mobile disco based transit van before starting his own club Family Function. He became the DJ and promoter for other venues, gaining a loyal following eager to listen to his underground Jazz, Funk, and Soul.
After a stint at Blues and Soul Magazine, he left to join London Records where he first became exposed to the newly emerging House music of Chicago. In 1986, he organized the album The House Sound of Chicago, Vol. 1, the first British release to introduce this genre and style of music.
He now works for BBC Radio 1 and is known worldwide for hosting programs like Essential Mix and Essential Selection, which focus on Electronic music. You can listen to these on internet radio, through his record label FFRR, and at one of his many performances at nightclubs and music festivals around the world.
His House music has a very understated cool that is influenced by his time as a Blues DJ. His music is incredibly refined– with the exceptional, simplistic quality you can expect from a seasoned artist. Especially in More Intensity, you can hear the clean and rhythmic bass lines that give it a Jazzy feel, vocals that feel like they’ve been pulled from a gutsy R&B song, and synth among with other Electro features.