Tonight at Hacienda classical was more than just nostalgia, it was more than all the instruments played by the orchestra on the Hydro's stage , or the DJ's amazing track selection ... for me it was a sense of achievement , from being there at pretty much the very start of this thing called dance music as it slowly seeped into Scotland, infected the lucky ones and slowly took over the rest of the planet.
That name doesn't do it any justice or sound very special, but tonight highlighted just how magical the journey has been.
From taking over the back rooms of sweaty pubs to raving knee deep in cow shit in a farmers field somewhere in Ayrshire, making my own tunes, traveling the world meeting so many special people and organizing my own events. It's been my full time job for almost 25 years.
Tonight this old married man, father of two just sat in his chair shimmying away, yes the producer in me was wanting to mix the sound levels and stage mix better, and find out exactly who was playing what ( I forgot my glasses). Not even the memory of the RSNO who politely told me to bolt when I asked them to remix Dreamer of Dreams in 1995 could stop me from enjoying my drunken high with loads of old friends around me smiling from ear to ear ...
I was so happy to have made it this far into what I can only describe as a wonderful journey where race , religion, and color mean nothing to me because dance music taught me anything was possible and we were all together as one, it really did change my way of thinking and I believe over several decades the world quietly changed for the better and brought many of us together .
Thank you electronic dance music and all my friends electric.
2001 HARD HOUSE & TRANCE CLASSICS
I've DJ'd in every room, opened it, peaked timed and closed it.
I will never forget raving to rocking it from 1994 until it closed.
LONG LIVE The Arches
Where's the Slam tent mate ?
Great to play b2b with my mate David Forbes