Special Show!! Our very good freinds at Masterworks music have kindly given us an exclusive guest mix done by the one and only Dr Packer! This is to Mark 53 Degrees 1st Birthday Party in Leeds on the 29th July! Cash Masterworks own 80s Child, Andy Buchan, Mike Worrall & Andy Sykes - FREE IN
Dr Packer Bio
Dr Packer is an alias of West Australian DJ/Producer Greg Packer, set up for Remixes & Edits of mainly retro music such as 70’s, 80’s, 90’s Soul, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop & Reggae. Greg although known more for ‘Liquid Drum & Bass’ regularly plays sets of ‘Old School Funk, Disco & Hip Hop. Greg purchased his first record in 1982 at the age of 10. That record was ‘Grandmaster Flash – The Message’! Greg grew up in Northapton in the UK, frequently listening to his mother’s disco records (to which he says he had no choice!). In the 70’s it wasn’t uncommon to hear music such as ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ or ‘And The Beat Goes On’ played in the house, so the disco thing really was his first introduction to music, records became his life and he has collected 25,000+ over the years…
Moving on to the 90’s – Greg immigrated to ‘Perth, Western Australia’. Once there he purchased his first pair of decks in 1989. In 1991 he won the WA – DMC’s and went on to defend the title in 1992.
Greg then moved onto ‘Jungle & Drum & Bass’ music in the early 90s, and was and still is regarded as a pioneer of that sound in Australia winning many awards which saw him go on to have a global touring business, touring the UK, Europe, Asia, New Zealand & Australia.
In 1998 Greg took up production and set up his own studio label ‘Interphase Music’ He produced over 100 tracks & remixes under the name ‘Greg Packer’ and was signed to many other labels in the UK & USA including ‘Good Looking Records’
Early 2013 Greg began mixing entire sets from CD therefore searching for music online, he started picking up re-edits. A certain artist stood out to him in ‘Late Nite Tuff Guy’. He loved the way the original songs were beefed up and sounded much fatter on a club system whilst still maintain the original vibe of the record. In addition to this the edits were ‘DJ friendly’ meaning you were able to beat mix them flawlessly unlike playing the original vinyl versions.
In August 2013 Greg Produced his first two edits under the name ‘Dr Packer’ which was ‘Keni Burke – Rising To The Top’ and ‘Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That’. Unsure of what to do with them he sent them to ‘Fingerman’. He instantly played both of them on his radio show and suggested to send more his way. This was the push Greg needed to continue with what was initially a bit of a fun in the studio.
Off the back of this support Greg started his own Surgery Edits series on Disco Dat Records. This proved to be a hit immediately with it taking out the coveted #1 spot on Juno Download and holding the position for 6 weeks. Since then Greg has released 7 in this series all of which have gone straight to #1.
Dr Packer has quickly become a mainstay in the sets of some of the biggest names in the disco world with the likes of Greg Wilson, Hot Toddy, Fingerman, Joey Negro and Norman Jay regularly featuring his edits in their performances. All of this support helped Dr Packer to be voted #1 in the Traxsource Top 20 Nu Disco Artists midway through 2015. At the end of the year Dr Packer came in at #4 in the Top 100 Disco Artists
With 2016 already off to a flyer with a busy touring schedule seeing tours planned for Australia, Asia and the UK/EU, it’s fair to say that things are only just beginning to heat up for the Dr from the West
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