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Pete Tong On The Evolution Of Electronic Music
British DJ Pete Tong visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Tong discussed his early interest in dance/electronic music, the excitement of watching America "wake up" to dance music and finding inspiration in new music trends, among other topics.
"It's a time of evolution, it's a time of change [for dance/electronic music]," said Tong. "I find these moments the most inspiring because it's where I fit in. It's navigating and discovering and championing what's going to be next."
A native of Kent, England, Tong has worked as a DJ, producer, record label A&R, and radio host. As an A&R rep for London Records, Tong signed artists such as Run DMC and Salt-N-Pepa. He currently serves as a host for BBC Radio 1 and iHeartRadio's Evolution dance music radio show.
With more than 30 album credits, Tong's latest release came in 2013 with The Pete Tong Collection. The 60-song collection includes remixes of hits such as Latch's "Disclosure," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Calvin Harris' "I'm Not Alone."
Tong is currently performing dates internationally through December.