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MICHAEL GRAY

As one half of the prolific house-music duo Full Intention and with a successful solo career, Michael Gray is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most respected and in-demand DJ/producers. He tells us about what started it all, how he learnt to remix, his production arsenal and how he’d love to get his Moog Voyager back!

In 2004, beat-driven crossovers with hefty kicks and optimistic, insistent vocal hooks were dominating airwaves all round the world – as exemplified by Eric Prydz’ No. 1 smash Call On Me. In amongst them was The Weekend, the first single from Croydon DJ, producer and remixer Michael Gray – with its catchy Moog lead line and universal chorus, it’s regarded as a seminal classic and returned to the clubs in 2017 with Gray’s Glitterbox Mix that once again dominated the dancefloor. Back in the day, it seemingly came out of nowhere, yet its creator was practically destined to be a renowned DJ…

Born and raised in Croydon in the 1970s, Michael Gray was introduced to music at the age of five through the music emanating from his sisters’ bedrooms. He was enthralled and at the age of 11, started to become keenly interested in the sounds of disco and soul. He soon ventured into the world of DJing, honing his skills every month in a local church hall. Come the early 1990s and Michael had developed to the point where he was able to launch himself in the UK dance scene, before teaming up with Jon Pearn to form Full Intention.

His discography is highly impressive, remixing the likes of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Sugababes, George Michael and J.Lo as well as releasing a range of original material on industry institutions such as FFRR, AM:PM, Atlantic, Defected and Toolroom to name a few. We sat down with Michael to discuss his career and production best practice…

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