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Record label owner, radio show host, DJ and all round music aficionado, Gilles Peterson has so far had a career that most of us can only dream about.

A young music loving lad from the South London suburbs, Gilles Peterson started his musical career whilst living in his parent’s house by plying his DJ skills in pirate radio. He soon began cultivating a career around the DJ circuit in London, culminating in a residency at Camden’s Dingwalls nightclub in the late 80’s with his Talkin’ Loud Sayin’ Something club session.

Soon after, he started the record labels Acid Jazz and Talkin’ Loud, the latter a collaboration with Phonogram, with releases from Jamiroquai, Galliano and later on, Roni Size, who won a Mercury Music Prize on Talkin’ Loud in 1997.

Since 1998, Gilles has had his own BBC radio show, Worldwide, originally produced by fellow Odyssia 2016 DJ Benji B. His Worldwide show has since left Radio 1 and become one of the most popular shows on BBC 6 Music and has also spawned his own awards show, The Worldwide Awards.

His knowledge of the world music scene, whether it be through African roots, European new jazz, Detroit house or Brazilian samba, has inspired many to step outside of their own comfort zones and explore new cultures and genres of music, something that Odyssia revellers will have the pleasure of experiencing first hand.