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Byline: Emma Johnson

CLUBBING at the age of 11, DJing professionally at the age of 13, on Radio One by his early twenties, the wunderkind protege of the late, great Tony de Vit - the Fergie story is the stuff of legend.

At the age of 21 he was one of the UK's biggest stars and the king of hard dance. Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, he was virtually a local here in Liverpool, regularly playing for the likes of Garlands.

Then he went quiet on us.

"I went back to school," Fergie reveals. "From when I came over to England in 1996 to 2006 it was just mental. I was working all the time, there was never really any thought into what I was doing. It was a case of 'you are playing here, you are playing there'' and it was absolutely brilliant. I was living the dream really, flying around the world taking all my friends with me.

"When I left Radio One I took some time to decide what I wanted to do. I stopped things for a while and went to college in Glasgow to study sound engineering.

"It was good but strange. The guys there knew of Fergie but actually thought I was Fergie's big brother. I went along with it for a while," he laughs.

In his time away Fergie (aka Robert Ferguson) has lost none of his Irish charm although he does appear to have shaken off his hard house tag.

He says: "I think a little break for anybody is good. Back then I had the label of hard house which is now well and truly gone.

"I had a great time playing that but we all grow up as they say. Now I am playing techno but I use that term broadly."

Fergie only recently turned 30 but is already into his third decade in dance music.

"I was talking to Timo about it (German electro star Timo Maas) at New Year. He was saying he is 40 and has been doing this 16 for years. I said 'Man when I'm 40 I will have been doing this 26 years!'" At the end of this month Fergie will end his self-imposed Liverpool exile with a gig at Circus alongside fellow Radio One alumni Yousef.

"I have been speaking to Richard (Circus co-promoter Richard McGinnis) and Yousef for a number of years and I went there last January for Laurent Garnier.

"I wanted to see what the vibe was. It is like going back in time in a good way. It's no airs and graces just full on, lights down, let's have a rave time."

. Fergie joins Derrick Carter, Guy Gerber, Heidi, Paul Woolford and more at Circus on Saturday February 27 at the Masque. Tickets pounds 14 advance. See www.chibuku.com/shop

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