Paul Holden

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Tributes are pouring in for pioneering and much-loved Sydney DJ, Paul Holden, who has died suddenly after falling at home.
Holden, 51, who was regarded as a leader in the emerging rave culture in Sydney in the late 1980s and early 1990s, fell at home in Mosman home on Tuesday hitting his head, according to a friend who spoke to Fairfax.
Holden was alone and not found until Wednesday morning when a family member found him.
Holden's longtime friend and fellow DJ Mark Dynamix wrote on Facebook: "I have no words right now, I can't speak, utterly shocked. I have just heard that my partner in Jack The House, Mr. Paul Holden has passed away. Absolutely devastated."
Another DJ, Robbie Lowe, said Holden's music selections were always uplifting and infectious: "Everyone would always be smiling from ear to ear when Paul was playing.
"I got to play alongside him for the first time ever a couple months ago and I'm so grateful for this. I was so nervous as well because I really wanted to impress him as I've always looked up to him."
Stephen Ferris, head of the music program for the upcoming Vivid festival, worked as a Sydney DJ in the 1980s and 1990s. He said Holden's 30-plus year career was a testament to his talents and personality.
"He was one of the originals still floating around so to go so long without any bad blood or having changed personality types and fallen out with people is extraordinary in itself. He was such an easy guy to work with.
"I felt very sad when I heard the news. He was genuinely loved by everyone and he remained a DJ because he loved the music."
Cosmo Cater, a former DJ, wrote that Holden "embodied the qualities of a really great DJ in that he was able to connect with any crowd through his music and immense charisma.
"He regularly delivered 'nights to remember'. His music was immensely happy and there was such a fun quality to it, no matter what sound he played."
Holden started as a DJ at the Exchange Hotel on Oxford Street in 1980 and during his long career worked alongside international stars such as De La Soul, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier and Paul van Dyke. He played at many Sydney parties including the Mardi Gras parties and Sleaze balls at the Hordern Pavilion, Bacchanalia, Strawberry Fields, Jack the House, Field of Dreams and Stun! He also regularly toured Australia as a DJ.
In 2003 Holden told recounted his career highlights to dance music publication inthemix: "Playing to 25,000 people at each of two Mardi Gras and two Sleaze Balls was truly magnificent."
He also told publication what got him started: "When I was about 10 I attended a disco party at the local scout hall and was instantly entranced by the sight of people dancing to loud music and the flashing of a strobe-light.
"That was it, I was hooked!"
A Facebook page has been set up for people to share memories and leave condolences for Holden, which it described as "one of Australia's all-time most successful, versatile and popular DJ's."
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Paul Holden Discography Tracks

Albums

00-7 Paul Holden - @ album art Paul Holden @(CD, Mixed) Maya Recordings (2) 00-7 Australia 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BO 006 Paul Holden - Sun Gate 98 / Honey Buzz album art Tibet Team Frankfurt Meets Paul Holden Tibet Team Frankfurt Meets Paul Holden - Sun Gate 98 / Honey Buzz(12") Beatz Only Records BO 006 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
ATOM 001 Paul Holden - It Feels Great (To Deviate) album art Paul Holden It Feels Great (To Deviate)(12") Atomico Records ATOM 001 Australia 2002 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Paul Holden - Corruption #2 album art Nik Fish V's Paul Holden, DJ Opus (2) V's Jumping Jack Nik Fish V's Paul Holden, DJ Opus (2) V's Jumping Jack - Corruption #2(Cass, Comp, Mixtape, Promo) Not On Label none Australia 1995 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

DEA 001, DEA 1 Paul Holden - Towards 2000 album art Paul Holden Towards 2000(CD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Slamm (Australia), Slamm (Australia) DEA 001, DEA 1 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
RRR 001 Paul Holden - The DJ World Series Volume 1 - DJ Paul Holden - Phur album art Paul Holden The DJ World Series Volume 1 - DJ Paul Holden - Phur(CD, Comp, Mixed) Ripe Result Recordings RRR 001 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
Paul Holden - Happy To Be Hard album art Paul Holden Happy To Be Hard Slamm (Australia) Australia 1995 Sell This Version
ATOM1 Paul Holden - Holdenwise album art Paul Holden Holdenwise(CD, Comp, Mixed) Atomico Records ATOM1 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
ATOM2 Paul Holden - Eye Of The Storm [Holdenwise 2] album art Paul Holden Eye Of The Storm [Holdenwise 2](CD, Mixed) Atomico Records ATOM2 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
sla053 Paul Holden - Downunderground 010 (Sydney) album art Paul Holden Downunderground 010 (Sydney)(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Slamm (Australia) sla053 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
sla063 Paul Holden - Downunderground 015 (Hard House 2002) album art Paul Holden Downunderground 015 (Hard House 2002)(2xCD, Mixed) Slamm (Australia) sla063 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
SLA067 Paul Holden - Harder Faster album art Paul Holden Harder Faster(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Slamm (Australia) SLA067 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
DUG013 Paul Holden - Hard House album art Paul Holden Hard House(2xCD, Mixed) DownUnderground DUG013 Australia 2004 Sell This Version

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dj_stealth

dj_stealth

March 30, 2016
Very saddened today by the death of Paul Holden. RIP mate....your sets were banging!!!
ultraskool

ultraskool

December 3, 2011
Where is Paul Holden's Hard House compilation that was released with downunderground.info? I won the CD from a competition I entered in 3D World Magazine.

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