When Terry Francis and Nathan Coles started throwing parties, it was pretty much a reaction to their circumstances. Already committed to London’s fledging acid house scene, and both influenced by rare groove and up-tempo soul, they wanted to do something for themselves, just for their mates, with DJs they liked. Acid House pioneer and ‘Godfather of Tech House’ Eddie Richards was duly installed as their resident. And thus the legend was born.
Held initially on a monthly basis at a variety of often secret locations and promoted strictly through word of mouth, the club has grown and developed through it’s policy of promoting the original ethos of the acid house movement; it’s sound system booms, it’s atmosphere unpretentious and where absolutely everybody is having a great time. Nearly two decades later these three roving Ambassadors of Tech House are still igniting dancefloors around the world with their unique fusion of cutting edge House and Techno, ensuring that Brand Wiggle, the catch-all term covering record label, clubnight, artist name and attitude – remains at the forefront of people’s consciousness.
A 10 year residency at Fabric, arguably the UKs most important and influential underground nightclub, and Terry’s installation as weekly resident there, is testamant to the far reaching global impact that the Wiggle brand has had. Numerous world tours have seen thus unholy trinity of Tech House Titans touch down in major cities around the world preaching the Tech House gospel to their adoring disciples.
Constantly striving to stay one step ahead and with their fingers firmly on the pulse of the underground, Wiggle’s sweat-soaked Warehouse marathons have played host to some of biggest and highly respected names in the DJ firmament including Stacey Pullen, Richie Hawtin, Maetrik, Layo & Bushwacka, Richie Hawtin, Pure Science,Tigerskin, Maetrik, Audiofly, Simon Baker, Dachshund, Saytek, Jay Tripwire, Alex Celler, Richard Grey, Mr.C, Stimming, Abe Duque, Glimpse, Geddes, Raymundo Rodriguez, Dj Three, Todd Bodine, D’Julz, Corrie, Geddes, JB, Mr G, Cesar Merveille, Liz Edwards, Asad Rizvi, Grant Dell, Felver, Lewis Ryder, Clive Henry, Colin Dale, Dave Mothersole, The Pushamann, Get Fucked, Tangun, The Freaks, Claire Ripley, Arnaud Le Texier, Kenny Hawkes, Magnus Asberg, J. Jeff, Bob De Rosa, Big Hair and Little Mike.
It seems incredible to think that Wiggle, arguably London’s best underground tech-house night, has reached full adult age. This hugely influential Wiggle collective Nathan Coles, Terry Francis and Eddie Richards have helped define the late-night, bass-driven house sound that is now so ubiquitous across dancefloors around the world. When Wiggle started they were instrumental in defining a new sound where the Jack of Chicago and the Machine Funk of Detroit and Berlin were seamlessly melded with the Deep house of New York and London. It’s now 2013 and Deep House/Tech-House music’s popularity has never been more apparent. As Wiggle prepare to celebrate their 19th birthday on the 25th of may, in the rarified atmosphere of The Paramount club 384 feet up in the central London skyline they can be justly proud of the mark they have made in clubland.