A classic party set filled with happiness. This is, to some extent, where it began. Learning how to bring all of these ecstatic sounds together into something that told a story, brought beauty forward, and raised emotions. And once I started, I could never stop.
The sets of this era are split between dark and light, happy and sad. This was a time of extreme consciousness opening for me, musically and in general, and the schism between opposites is a reflection of the imbalance that exploration was taking.
In choice of music, as well as actual content, a lot of the vestiges of my early 90’s addiction to industrial remained evident. Apart from the usual suspects of the scene at the time, like artists on Chicago’s fabled Wax Trax! records and the many amazing bands and labels closer to home in Canada, there was also darker ambient and experimental content, all of which melded into a stew of dark and hard beats, resulting in an immediate affiliation with hard techno and dark, heavy trance. At the time, Toronto, and all of southern Ontario, were pushing out an amazing amount of home-made content in that range (Plus8, DOVe), and it was this time when I started getting beyond my growing CD collection, and started to buy vinyl. Expensive and hard to play at the time with an old belt-drive turntable with no tempo adjustment on it, it was still hard to pass up what I was finding. Equally, having collected so much Wax Trax, I was becoming immersed in their Warp reissues. You can hear the results.
A mixed bag of tracks that reflected a voracious appetite for, and growing awareness of electronic music. I think it’s good right up front that I didn’t stick to one style, in the early 90’s I was playing 4-5 genres of music, sometimes even in one set. In our apartment in Ottawa, the parties would run non-stop, sometimes for days, and I would get to experiment with my limited music selection, seeing what fit and what didn’t, and what I really felt passionate about.
A very early Sublight set, this b-side of the third mixtape, is filled with ambient gems that feel like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day. Featuring many of the artists associated with Warp’s early 90’s Artificial Intelligence movement of experimental ambient & techno music.
The second side of the first tape. A transition from my industrial years to techno and hardcore.
Trying to learn how to mix, all the way back in 1994, with a relatively small but heavy music collection. Noel, affectionately known as the Krak Baby, provided much of the early inspiration.