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Oldskool DJ's that get overlooked, but...

Post by Restless » Fri Oct 02, 2015 12:13 pm

Were at all the raves/big nights BITD are?

I'm going for Bryan G.

He played for ALL of the big brands. Wasn't second-tier like Pilgrim (example), and is still massive today.

It's a shame that guys like him get overlooked.

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Post by dj jedi » Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:00 pm

Easygroove is the obvious one, probably the most in-demand DJ in 91-92 yet has rarely been on flyers since about 97.

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Post by Restless » Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:58 pm

I'd have put him, but wouldn't you say that's more down to his antics outside of DJ'ing?

Seduction and SS are another two.

I know they weren't on the level of Micky Finn etc back then, but they were still really busy and both had awesome success when the scene spilt.

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Post by Fizza » Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:42 pm

Hmm, it seems to me that it depended on where you went if you knew this dj or that dj better, or not. I never thought of Seduction being overlooked even though I never heard him play out, I just didn't go to the events that he was booked at, but I saw his name on flyers all the time. I think tape packs have something to do with it? I mean if a DJ was booked everywhere but not at events that sold tape packs regularly or just not the night they appeared, then it would seem like they were overlooked as everyone listens to Fantazia/World Dance etc.. packs so Top Buzz/Micky Finn/Hype etc.. all feature prominently. Disproportionately I would say, if that was the case.

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Post by Richruffcut » Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:58 pm

Swan e and Dr S Gachet for me. They seemed to always be playing warm up or early morning sets. Maybe it was just the nights/raves i was at bitd.

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Re: Oldskool DJ's that get overlooked, but...

Post by jamsco99 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:31 pm

swanne is a stand out one, excellet dj but doesnt seem as well respected / liked as some other djs.

Ratty was huge in 92/93 and is considered one of the best old skool djs, but from 94 onwards he hardly played any big events.

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Post by lien » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:26 pm

Restless wrote:Seduction and SS are another two.
Both these were quote big, they played all over the place. We know for a fact Seduction* broke Japan for that "ahem album" he put out & never paid anyone to licence their tracks.


* If it was not Seduction, please feel free to put me straight! The old grey matter is not what it was.

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Post by ian saunders remix » Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:23 pm

No, for once your brain is correct, it was Seduction.

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Post by Restless » Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:41 am

jamsco99 wrote:swanne is a stand out one, excellet dj but doesnt seem as well respected / liked as some other djs.

Ratty was huge in 92/93 and is considered one of the best old skool djs, but from 94 onwards he hardly played any big events.
Probably more to do with the split than anything.

Besides, Ratty's style suited neither sound, so he was stuck in a tough spot.

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Post by Traffic Cone » Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:52 am

i think SS did pretty well to have got where he is. most of the sets I've heard of his have been pretty shocking mixing wise. to the point it's distracting. i'm sure he got better but i haven't heard any of him post 94/95...

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Post by Restless » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:10 pm

^^

Still shocking.

How on earth do you DJ/mix for 25 years odd and STILL not have a single defining year where you were on-point/untouchable or just not be able to match two pieces of music tightly?

It BAFFLES me (like Chinese writing and string theory). It really isn't hard.

He's done a lot for the scene in the midlands, but there's a bunch of DJ's from the midlands that spring to mind who are better.

Ratty
Pilgrim
Fallout
Ned Ryder
Keith Suckling (and I don't rate him!)
Donovan Smith (criminally underrated DJ!)

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Post by dj_gyr8 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:42 pm

Hi,

A lot of it was simply who you knew, and if you promoted yourself, you'd get more bookings.

Having a record shop and label really helped too.

The fact certain DJ's couldn't mix was kinda irrelevant - shame really...

But also consider, it was about crowd-pleasing, good example Ellis Dee - never rated the mixing, but track selection was always spot on...

The main thing that impacted DJ's being overlooked, was simply down to the split, lots of naff DJs kept going just because they took the jungle route...

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Post by lien » Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:48 pm

dj_gyr8 wrote: Ellis Dee - never rated the mixing, but track selection was always spot on...
Ellis Dee could scratch, so I've always rated him for that. Sy was spot on for this too. Plus I always liked their track selections.

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Post by Traffic Cone » Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:49 am

Restless wrote:
How on earth do you DJ/mix for 25 years odd and STILL not have a single defining year where you were on-point/untouchable or just not be able to match two pieces of music tightly?
well i suppose if you're getting gigs then why bother learning?

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Post by Restless » Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:15 am

Traffic Cone wrote:
Restless wrote:
How on earth do you DJ/mix for 25 years odd and STILL not have a single defining year where you were on-point/untouchable or just not be able to match two pieces of music tightly?
well i suppose if you're getting gigs then why bother learning?
But you should be getting better on the job, not worse!

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