This is every record collector’s wet dream,” says Gilles Peterson. The DJ and broadcaster is speaking over the phone from his east London hub, where he is surrounded by his collection of more than 50,000 pieces of vinyl. “This lockdown has been the first time in my life that I’ve put the brakes on and haven’t got a gig for at least six months,” he says. “It means I finally have the time to properly go through this collection I’ve built up over the past 40 years. I’m very grateful that I’ve got this place where I can be creative; I need it for my mental health.”
Peterson has built his reputation over the past four decades as a label head and DJ championing jazz and global music, perhaps best known for his weekly Saturday afternoon show on BBC 6 Music, which has been a staple of its programming since 2012. In 2016, Peterson expanded his operation and opened his own online radio station, Worldwide FM, which has seen its listenership more than double in the month since lockdown began.
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[This piece was published on 24/04/20]