Rusty Egan / DJ
Rusty Egan is a drummer ‘The Rich Kids’ – Visage – The Skids – Phil Lynott TOTP Theme Yellow Pearl And a DJ Producer. He was DJ at The Blitz Club introducing ambient and electronic music in his sets 2013 2016 WRITING AND RECORDING IN IBIZA and hosting a weekly radio show with new releases planned for 2017.
However, Egan did not return to Visage when they reformed with a new line-up in 2004.
He has been a DJ since 1978 and was the DJ at Blitz, the influential New Romantic nightclub in London where he worked with Steve Strange from 1979 until 1981. Whilst there, he introduced German (Kraftwerk), Japanese (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and British (Eno, Ultravox, Landscape) electronic/synthpop to the British club scene, almost single-handedly putting together the soundtrack for the New Romantic movement. Egan also owned The Cage, a New Romantic-era record store on London’s King’s Road. As the club grew in popularity, Egan began to be recognised as a central figure in London’s nightlife. Also Egan has chanpioned electronic synth pop since Kraftwerk via his dj sets.
In 1982, he and Strange opened up the Camden Palace nightclub in London, where he continued to spread and influence the development of electronica in the UK. For a time, he switched to producing records for many of the bands he used to DJ, including Spear of Destiny, Shock, Visage and The Senate.
Egan was later brought back into his career as a disc jockey by the allure of the internet as a medium for sharing music. Presently, he works as a DJ playing and promoting 1980s style synthpop and electronic music.
Egan appeared alongside former Visage bandmate Steve Strange on makeover show Pop Goes the Band in early 2009 on Living TV. He had his teeth drastically reconstructed as part of his makeover.
Egan won the category for lifetime achievement at the 2009 London Club and Bar Awards. Previous winners have included Richard Branson, Mark Fuller and Nick House.
In January 2011, Egan and Steve Strange reopened the Blitz Club for one night, with performances from Roman Kemp’s band Paradise Point and electro punk artist Quilla Constance plus DJ sets from Egan himself.
In 2017 Rusty Egan Presents released Welcome to the dancefloor to great critical acclaim .