All too often the mark of a successful DJ lies in the PR Machine they have working for them. Although, as the saying goes, talent will always shine through, there will always be something trying to cloak their blinding light. Some times it is chance that gives them their big break, other times it is a case of being in the right place at the right time. But then for those talented individuals who have slowly built up a stellar reputation, support of the biggest names in the scene as well as a loyal band of followers, it is merely a case that now is their time; now is Neil Quigley
We first encountered Neil on his globally acclaimed `Pacemaker' series. Where there are those that vilify the power of the Internet, this young man from an unknown English town, was happy to see his star rising in cities he may never visit. Cultured, crafted, sublime. As a mixed CD it was as close to commercially viable as you can get; bar for the fact that no label could ever license those tracks together. With Pacemaker 1 & 2 in the bag, part 3 heralded a return to public awareness for Neil that will catapult his career to the heights, appearing at Fabric by personal request from John Digweed
As well as his mixes available on CD and through downloads, the place most people tend to turn to find out what Neil is planning next, is his Internet radio show on www.protonradio.com. Before/After gives Neil not just the opportunity of feedback from a loyal band of listeners, but also the luxury of inviting a monthly guest to share the billing. As one of the more popular presenters, it was only natural that Proton would turn to Neil when planning their next commercial mixed CD. Expect a tour to follow once they start to promote this release.
But then recorded music can only scratch the surface of what he has to offer. A regular on the London scene, this last year has seen Neil cement his popularity on the decks of clubs such as The End, The Cross and Egg as a regular for the ever-impressive `Prologue' night. But then that is just the tip of the iceberg. The planned tour of the US aside, there was a guest appearance in Stockholm married with repeat visits to St Petersburg and a future night scheduled for Istanbul. It can only be a matter of time before a residency is handed his way.
His ear for a great tune has not gone unnoticed. Urban Torque Recordings, home to the impressive Departure Lounge have asked Neil to join the team in an A&R capacity; to hunt down the very best Deep House and melody laden Progressive talent that clubland has to offer. This is a key to the sweet shop moment for a DJ always willing to take a punt on a producer, no matter how well known or popular they may be.
2005 really has been the year that has pushed Neil in to the ascendancy. An appearance in DJ Magazine whilst playing with close friend and influence Meri of Rulers of the Deep would have normally been enough to make anyone's year; but that was just the starter to a glorious main course, for this was the year that Digweed came calling.
On three occasions Neil has been asked to step up to the plate and produce the goods for John Digweed
. Firstly there was an intimate Bedrock gig, then a mix for his renowned Kiss FM Show. And finally the piece de resistance saw Neil warming up as part of a Bedrock night in the main room at Fabric. This really is Boys Own material, the stuff of dreams – the reward for all those hours spent perfecting the talent that is Neil Quigley
. But then don't take just my word for it. In the 2006 DJ Mag Top 100 awards, four top DJs nominated Neil as their future star of 2006. John Digweed
, Danny Howells
, James Zabiela
and Desyn Masiello
all see something in Neil that you should as well.