An Audience with Rusty Egan

with questions & songs hosted by Electronic Café

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From Punk to New Romantic – The Early Years. 

One of the most influential DJ’s of modern times, Rusty Egan is often cited as the pioneer of electronic dance music in the UK. He is the former drummer for the British new wave band Rich Kids who were founded by former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, with Steve New and fronted by Midge Ure in 1977. Rusty met Steve Strange on the Kings Road in 1978 after The Rich Kids had split up.

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Rusty was co-founder and innovative DJ at “The Blitz” in 1979 and 1980 where he worked with Steve Strange running the influential New Romantic club in London.

The venue was the spiritual home of the “Blitz Kids,” a stylish, creative in-crowd of young Londoners including John Galliano, Stephen Jones, Boy George, Marilyn, Sade, Siouxsie Sioux, Billy Idol, Phillip Salon, Martin Degville, Siobhan Fahey, Robert Elms, Chris Sullivan and many more.

It was the birthplace of many bands including Culture Club, Visage and Spandau Ballet who played their first gig at “The Blitz” on 5 December 1979.

Rusty introduced electronic / synthpop artists including Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Eno, and Ultravox to the British Club scene.

Rusty went on to form Visage with Midge Ure, fronted by Steve Strange and gained great success including the worldwide hit ‘Fade to Grey’. Rusty then joined Scotland’s finest The Skids as drummer, recording and touring the second top ten album ‘Days in Europa’.

In 1981 Rusty and Steve Strange opened ‘Club For Heroes’ and from 1982 to 1984 they hosted a 1,600 capacity Camden Palace nightclub in London wich attracted live performances from Grace Jones, The Eurythmics, Kraftwerk, Wham, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and an unknown Madonna making her London debut in 1983.

More recently Rusty has been producing and has gone back to his DJ roots at venues in Ibiza, Dubai, Verbier, San Tropez, Monaco, the Isle Of Wight Festival and London.

Rusty supported Spandau Ballet on their Arena Tour of Europe in March and April 2015.

He recently released ‘Welcome to The Dancefloor’ the long awaited album featuring vocal performances from Peter Hook, Tony Hadley and Midge Ure to name just a few and Tubeway Army’s Chris Payne on keyboards.