|Img Capt:||Dave Pearce (February 2008)|
|Occupation:||Club DJ, radio DJ|
Dave Pearce is a British dance DJ and record producer, who has played gigs across the UK and the world, although he is perhaps best known for his work in radio. He currently works for the BBC 6 Music. He formerly presented the long-running Dance Anthems show on BBC Radio 1, which was aired on Friday nights between 11.00pm and 1.00am. His last show on BBC Radio 1 was broadcast on Friday 26 September at 11pm. He has brought several sayings into the world of dance including "putting on your trance trousers" when he plays a trance record, "roll another fat one" meaning to play another great record. He is also known for his cry of "Oi Oi!" from the DJ booth.
He began his broadcasting career in 1981 on pirate radio station Radio Jackie, in South London, while he was still at school. He later ran his own pirate station, DDP Radio in Claygate, Surrey, together with Paul Kent (Eugene Perera), who later went on to operate a licensed station in Brighton. DDP was closed down prior to his joining BBC Radio London. He then worked behind the scenes at BBC Radio London, where he later took on a late-night show, playing new club tunes. He was then one of the original presenters on BBC GLR in 1988, presenting their weekday evening show, which focused on dance, acid-house & rap. In 1991, Pearce joined London's Kiss 100, and presented the drivetime show with Gordon Mac before taking over the breakfast show from Craig Charles.
Pearce joined BBC Radio 1 in April 1995, taking over the weekday early-breakfast show from Bruno Brookes. He took over the weekend mid-morning slot in October the same year. February 1997 saw Pearce taking over weekend breakfast and on October 13 the same year, he went on to present the drivetime show from Kevin Greening, who had taken over Breakfast, alongside Zoe Ball. In addition to drivetime, Pearce took over the Dance Anthems show on Sunday evenings. In October 1998 Chris Moyles took over the drivetime show and Pearce began presenting a Monday - Thursday evening show from 6-8pm entitled The Late Drive. This show was axed in 2004.
His first show on 6 Music was broadcast on Sunday 5 October 2008 from 8pm to 10pm, playing dance music from the last 30 years. Noel Gallagher was the first celebrity guest to pick his favorite dance anthem, which was "Strings of Life" by Rhythm is Rhythm.