Alumni Spotlight

Stevie G - DJ, Promoter and Producer

7 Jan 2019
Stevie G

DJ, promoter and producer, Stevie G is a Cork music legend who got his big break at the internationally-renowned club, Sir Henry’s back in the 90’s. 

Through his Corks RedFM 104-106 show, ‘Black on Red’, he has introduced legions of listeners to the latest hip-hop, soul and R&B sounds over the past 17 years.   He is also active in encouraging a new generation of artists in their careers and opening doors for emerging talent. He runs Soul Jamz Records with Ian Ring and they also produce music together as aboveDat. Stevie chats to us about DJing in the Old Bar, writing for the UCC Gazette and how a J1 summer in the US inspired him musically!

Course/subjects studied in UCC and year of graduation

I studied English and History and graduated with my degree in 1995.

Best memory of University College Cork
I started DJing when I was in UCC in the old bar. We used to set up the decks in the back end of the bar every Friday and just play records. It was a good time and I met loads of different friends from loads of different backgrounds up there. I used also watch loads of great movies in the library and fell in love with the work of guys like Jim Jarmusch.

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?
I was hoping to be a writer full time and I started writing about music for the UCC magazine (then called the Gazette). In fact I narrowly missed out on becoming editor when I was in first year, but ultimately the DJing and music route proved more suited to me. My visit to the USA during the J1 was most influential though and inspired me to go in the direction I went musically.

What is your advice to current UCC students?
UCC is a special place. Enjoy it. Go with your gut instincts regarding future endeavours. Get involved in different things if you have time!

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?
There was a really good American lecturer in History, Tom Ward (?), who encouraged me to pursue my interests in the US civil rights movement, which were informed by my musical tastes and which I still study today and help document. The acclaimed Joe Lee headed up the History Department and when I graduated he encouraged me to go with my music interests too as he knew it was my passion. I’ll never forget that and I’m grateful.

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?
I used to play soccer with UCC and in first year was part of the victorious Harding Cup squad. In recent years I’ve done lots of workshops and talks in UCC, with the DJ Society. I did one of the early talks for Griff Rollefson’s Planet Rap series, and I’m delighted UCC has recently received a large grant to expand his studies. I also co-hosted an exhibition on Sir Henry’s nightclub with Eileen Hogan, Martin O’Connor and UCC Library in 2004 and I’m back on campus regularly for lots of different events!

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