The title of Peggy Gou’s celebrated 2016 EP "Seek for Maktoop", takes its name from the Arabic word maktoob, derived from the concept of destiny. Gou, born in South Korea, has already glimpsed any number of potential destinies; designer, model, pianist, writer, editor and stylist.
However, as time passes and trends fade, a constant, electronic pulse has proved irresistible to the DJ and producer since childhood. To say the past few years have been busy for Peggy Gou would perhaps be an understatement in a scene loaded with overstatements. Prolific in the studio, and in turn, behind the decks, 2016 saw the release of no less than four EPs across three labels. Her two-part ‘Art Of War’ series on Rekids, for which Gou also designed the distinctive artwork and commissioned challenging, inventive remixes from both Galcher Lustwerk and Terekke, was interspersed with a contribution to the coveted ‘Phonica White’ series of 12”s. Gou could once regularly be found digging in the legendary London record store, and the result, 'Day Without Yesterday' / 'Six O Six’, was a pair of offbeat club anthems that led neatly into the aforementioned ‘Seek for Maktoop’ - released on Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour Records - a record on another altogether different, no less atmospheric house tip, celebrated on Resident Advisor for its “sparkling groove”.
This combination of playful curiosity and open musical experimentation - not to forget her signature, MPC-led rhythms - have already contributed to Gou’s rise. Her eclectic record bag has resulted invitations to play gigs across the globe, in clubs including De School, Sub Club and Panorama Bar, and with appearances at scene-leading festivals such as Les Nuits Sonores and Dekmantel. Both her club sets and a growing vault of online mixes speak fondly to an open ended musical philosophy, complimenting a style that can veer seamlessly and creatively between pumping techno, playful house and more abstract compositions. Of course, Peggy Gou isn’t the only DJ to lay claim to such a diverse range of influences, from J Dilla to Patrick Cowley, the Yellow Magic Orchestra through to DJ Sotofett. But few filter such inspirations from such a unique angle, energised by dance music's rich and diverse history, herself staking a personal claim with refreshing curiosity and undeniable style.
Summer 2019 saw Peggy follow in the footsteps of Carl Craig, DJ Koze, Nina Kraviz and Four Tet, by being invited by !K7 to curate & mix the latest installment of the label’s storied DJ-Kicks compilation. Contributing one of her earliest productions, ‘Hungboo’, alongside music from Carl Craig, Aphex Twin, Kyle Hall and Pearson Sound, Peggy’s entry is a perfect encapsulation of her wide music tastes and DJing talent.