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Tall Paul was absolutely immense circa '97.
His set at a Fantazia event (G-Mex) is one of THE cleanest and tightest mixes I've heard. World class stuff. Paul was on dangerous form that night.
Paul was easily the best DJ in the world in '97, easily. Although Ratty and Hype were f*cking up there as well. Like, really close to him.
That's what I love about some DJ's from back then. They used mixers that literally had nothing to them, and the way they worked the EQ's/channels/faders and got a PERFECT sound out of them is something that still blows me away to this day. Those mixers, although great back then, really weren't.
Whitehead is a don. Always rated him. He could program a set like no other.
I still look for sets from TP & AW, as they never failed to rock it.
by 97 i was into house and went to house nights in the midlands were i went to uni. i had completely lost touch of the rave scene (i grew up on suffolk / essex border, so we had a big jungle scene).
One night i went to a drum and bass night in 97 or 98 with alex reece headlining. got to the door and there was posters saying Alex Reece has been replaced by Ratty (who was one of my favourite djs from 92/93 when i first got into rave) - i was so excited and just stood next to the decks all night. think that was the last time i went to a drum and bass night.
also growing up there was a club about 5 minutes walk from my parents house, used to go every friday and saturday (if not going raving) and occasionally they had bigger name djs - so i got to see Slipmatt, Sy, Randall, Black market, Ray keith etc.. 5 minutes walk from my house close up in my small local club.
best years for raving was 92/93 but honestly 97 was prob my favourite year i was really into the house scene. As cheesey as it sounds - hearig Rampling or Judge Jules on radio one then going to see them straight afterwards hearing the same tunes as on the radio. Jon of the Pleased, Allister Whitehead, Tall Paul - I used to live for the weekend.
these are not my favourite sets, but i think they are game changers as they changed the direction of the scene
Dougal - dreamscape 8, the first anthem bashing set of happy tunes regardless of how old they were
oakie - Goa mix, cause its different
top buzz, fantazia new years eve - pure class, the whole set just flows with quality mcing too
sy - obsession the dream, just perfect time for sy in 93, mixing dark and happier tunes, quality set
slipmatt, fatazia new years eve 92/93 - shit event, but a good set which gives me goose bumps listening to it.
fabio book of love, first set of the night and set the tempo for the entire night
Ah man, sounds amazing!
Dreamscape 2 was superb. It was before the venue as called the Sanctuary. I got a cab with two mates from my home town over to MK and got arraanged to be picke up at 7am. Was there right to the very end and remember the vibes being so so happy. People just dancing on these stages that went up 3 or 4 levels like a pyramid.
Top Buzz were great.
I was a little fuzzy most of the night! Seduction was also brilliant.
Ratty up close was a joy to see! His scrathing and mixing was amazing. That set was by far the best I have ever witnessed live. Tune selection, tight mixing, even MC's had my mesmorised!
I must have played the tape 100s of times when I purchased it.
I was actually quite lucky as a lot of the night I wasnt sure what was going on!! But went there looking forward to Ratty and come away buzzing. Seeing him scratch tunes around, needles snap and just having the time of his life made it all the better!
It was one of the first times he played FInal Conflict/Tales from the Darkside.
I would pay serious serious money to relive that night all over again!!
Is this still up for grabs
12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) (Not On Label) - near mint - £20
Grabbed one the other day.... so good!
I had to do it for a couple of other people as well - All that popped up originally was this tick thing, which I clicked - Thought that was it, but then when I had another look inside your profile, there was another menu & a selection to activate.
All sorted now though
Now that was fast! Cheers
Actually - looks like I needed to click some other buttons as well - should all be sorted.
@ Matt - I thought I'd approved you, so you should be good to go.
Anyone know the mods there or if its still going?
I signed up a few days ago but not been approved yet so can't login.
Nice stuff, mate! Love the mixer! Any chance of a t/l?
1) How good was Dreamscape 2?
2) How good was Ratty up, close & personal?
Has to 92 for me. I went to my first event in Nov 91 and was just getting into, but 92 is where it became my life!!
10 days into the year I went to Liberty at teh Ice Bowl Stevenage, with the likes of Randall and Carl Cox and I ended the year at Club Dreamscape at Club rage in Leicster on New Years Eve with loads of other nights out in between (Book of Love, early AWOL at Paradise, Astoria, Dreamscape 2 etc..)
Must have been to around 30-35 events that year. Loved the vibes in most places and 24 years later I can still picture loads of these nights in my head (some are a bit fuzzy)
Would have to say my best night was probably Club Dreamscape (not the NYE one) but the first they done in November at Club Rage. Ratty was off the scale, I stood like the trainspotter I was 2 yards away totally wrapped up in it!!
I could still write a review of most nights thats the impact they had on me.
At the time, I thought Book of Love was a let down, then again it was my first outdoor event and just didnt enjoy it at 4am when the sun started to come up. It didnt seem right. Lookng back and watching the video, I am so glad I went.
So a big 1992 for me!!!
Definitely 92-94 for me on both counts. I often get the "you weren't there" remark, but in my opinion I was. I was buying tapes, collecting flyers and watching rave videos in 1992. I went to several under 18s raves in 1993 and 1994 at Poole Arts Centre (where In-Ter-Dance did their big raves) and saw the likes of Slipmatt, Ratpack, Donovan Smith and local acts like Dream, Dance and MC Shadow. So I may not have been lucky enough to go to the "real" raves in the golden era, but I don't agree that I missed it. Those two years shaped who I have been for the last 24 years.
Strictly raving, it would be 1998-1999. I had been to a couple of proper raves in 1997, but it was only in 1998 that I discovered The Manor in Bournemouth, where I spent most weekends for those two short years. without doubt my absolute favourite years and best memories from a raving point of view, the place was magic.
Started ravin in around 93 but that was mainly clubs, house parties, and illegals in the forest . My first big type of rave I went to was dreamscape 12. Id fell out of love with the hardcore In 95/96 tho and was always wanting to hear the early tunes from 91/92/93 so moved in the dnb direction.
Its funny how everyone's story will be different depending on age. Just shows how quick it was changing