Gary G-Wiz

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b. North Carolina, USA. A white hip-hop producer, who moved to Freeport, New York, at the age of six. Musically inclined parents, who owned a nightclub and booked acts like the Coasters and Drifters,…
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b. North Carolina, USA. A white hip-hop producer, who moved to Freeport, New York, at the age of six. Musically inclined parents, who owned a nightclub and booked acts like the Coasters and Drifters, were an early influence. Teaching himself first drums then computer programming, he sat in on the decks behind two rappers as part of New York rap group 516. In 1985 he met Chuck D of Public Enemy for the first time, and the two struck up a friendship, as G-Wiz was invited to work alongside Eric Sadler and Keith Schocklee as part of the Bomb Squad. When Schocklee formed his S.O.U.L. label, G-Wiz brought him their first act, Young Black Teenagers, who he would go on to produce and manage. His own production credits had begun with Public Enemy’s Apocalypse ‘91: The Enemy Strikes Black album, and ‘Can’t Truss It’ single. He would subsequently work with Run-DMC (‘Oooh Watcha Gonna Do’, ‘3 In The Head’). Further work with Public Enemy followed on Greatest Misses, while Aaron Hall’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid’, for theJuice film soundtrack, gave him a hit record. His remix client base has branched out beyond the hip-hop frontier, including work for Janet Jackson, Bel Biv Devoe, Peter Gabriel, Lisa Stansfield, Anthrax, Helmut and Sinéad O’Connor.