The first record I ever bought was a 7" copy of 'Stranger In A Strange Land' by Iron Maiden. I bought it because I liked the record cover and I reckoned I might like their music.

In the years since my record collection has grown to such an extent that there simply isn't enough space to store it all. What am I to do though? If I hear a record that I like, I've got to buy it haven't I!

My interest in music began in the early 1980s when I was really too young to appreciate what I was listening to. The first song I can remember is 'Video Killed The Radio Star' by The Buggles, and the first pop video I can remember seeing is 'Another Brick In The Wall' by Pink Floyd. My early favourites were electronic pop bands like Ultravox, OMD, & The Human League, as well as Adam & The Ants of course.

The first gig I attended was the Greater London Council abolition free concert at Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank. Eddy Grant headlined that day.

During my teenage years I was listening primarily to Indie and anything out of Manchester - think Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, Charlatans, James etc. I also had a sporadic interest in dance music and I listened to Capital FM avidly.

From 1993 to 1995 I was vaguely aware of the burgeoning trance scene through my brother, but I didn't really follow it all. The first trance record I heard was ‘Love Stimulation’ (Love Mix) by Humate on MFS records. It immediately struck me as being totally different to anything I had heard before – too polished and melodic to be techno, yet too driven and futuristic to be house. The apparent classical and new age influences in this record really captivated me. The subsequent X-Mix 1 compilation by Paul Van Dyk, and Dance 2 Trance, Jam & Spoon, and Cosmic Baby releases further whetted my appetite for this new style of music.

I had never been to a 'proper' club until the first time I went to Lakota in Bristol whilst studying at university. I knew straight away that I had stumbled onto something that had been missing all my life. Around the same time I discovered the weekly radio show that Way Out West presented in Bristol, and it became compulsive listening for me. However, it was a trip to the legendary Final Frontier club night at the United Kingdom club in Wandsworth in May 1995 that sealed my fate. The man responsible for this was DJ Dag – he changed my life in the space in 5 minutes! From that point on, I knew I had to get involved. One track in particular that night stood out, and I tried desperately to track it down. I eventually found out it was 'Vicious Circles' (Union Jack remix) by Poltergeist on Platipus records. Through looking for this record I acquainted myself with most of central London's dance music specialist stores, and started buying other records that were recommended to me. I remember the first time I bought a Noom record (Noom 13) from Karim at Flip Records; I had a feeling that I would be buying a lot more Noom records. Gradually I immersed myself further into the trance and techno scenes as I regularly visited The Final Frontier club night and its successor Voyager, and the Temptation nights at Lakota. Visits to Return to the Source club nights also proved inspirational. I’ve still kept all the flyers from all the clubs that I’ve visited, and like the sad person I am, I keep any magazine articles relating to any artists or record labels in my collection.

I finally bought a pair of Technics SL1210s (and mixer, and amp, and speaker) second hand from someone living near Bedford. Well, I needed something to listen to my 12"s on didn't I! I then began the long and difficult task of teaching myself to mix records. I have never received any assistance or guidance in learning to mix, other than being shown how to cue up a record. Hence my mixing style is probably different to most other peoples. Of course my day job gets in the way, so I don't get to spend as much time practicing my mixing as I would like so it’s just an occasional hobby.

These days I’ll listen to new trance/techno/progressive house releases over the internet on various sites but I rarely like anything that I hear. I rarely go clubbing now - London simply doesn't have enough good club nights, and I now prefer to buy as music as possible on CD over the internet, but I will always buy and support music that I like.

I've shared details of the house/techno/trance portion of my record collection here on discogs to keep a record of my collection, and to hopefully converse with like minded people.

Favourite Current Dance Artists:
Oliver Lieb, M.I.K.E, Union Jack, System 7 & Astral Projection

Favourite DJs:
Nick Warren, John OO Fleming, & Sven Väth

Musical Inspirations:
Classical Music, New Age Music, & Traditional Tribal/Ethnic Music

Musical Heroes:
Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Santana, Kraftwerk, John Peel, Joy Division, New Order, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, 808 State, Jam & Spoon, Oliver Lieb, DJ Dag & Vibrasphere

All Time Favourite Record Labels:
Factory, Creation, MFS, Eye-Q, Harthouse, Superstition, Noom, Platipus, R&S, & Rising High

All Time Favourite Album:
'The Stone Roses' by The Stone Roses

All Time Favourite Remix:
‘Hallelujah’ (Oakenfold & Osbourne remix) by The Happy Mondays

All Time Favourite Single:
'True Faith' by New Order
Recent Activity
posted a review of Commander Tom - Attention!. over 9 years ago
The more cynically minded might use this release as proof that even Commander Tom needs to pay the bills! That would be harsh though. Yes, it’s a complete departure from tracks like ‘Are Am Eye’ and ‘The Vulcan’, and yes it’s glossy and has female ... See full review
posted a review of Sven Väth - An Accident In Paradise (Remixes). over 9 years ago
Not only was Sven Väth at the top of his game when he recorded the title track for his debut ‘solo’ album (Ralf Hildenbeutel was practically ever present whenever Sven Väth was in a recording studio back then), but each of the remixers on this release ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Tiësto - Urban Train. over 9 years ago
Whatever else Tiesto does, musically speaking 'Suburban Train' will always mark the pinnacle of his career and for many clubbers this will remain one of the greatest tracks ever.

In truth this probably owes a lot to 'ICE 794' by HH (aka Hardy Heller) ... See full review
posted a review of Albert Vorne - A Leaden Day. over 10 years ago
This release is a real treat for all those who take their euro trance seriously.

The Original Mix heads straight off into rolling/rattling punchy beats with the top end tightly filtered right off. Ominous soundscapes creep in until it strips itself ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Remix EP. over 11 years ago
The Acrid Abeyance remix of 'Ab-Chic' makes an essential 'must have' for any self respecting hard acid trance acolyte. Even by Noom standards, this track is special. The track begins with an ominous landscaped synthesizer drawl that runs throughout. The ... See full review
posted a review of Zyon - No Fate. over 12 years ago
Quite possibly more so than any other, 'No Fate' is the quintessential Eye Q track.

The original version begins with a rising mysterious epic and winding tonal sub-orchestra section before the trademark joyous piano keys make an appearance. This is ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Club European Vol. 4. over 12 years ago
'Espana Z' by Marco Zaffarano is certainly one of the better tracks from the MFS Club European series in so far as it actually captures the spirit of the country it represents (Spain) and is an excellent dance floor track as well.

This is a somewhat ... See full review
posted a review of Marco Zaffarano - Minimalism E.P.. over 12 years ago
Even by Harthouse standards, 'MZ5' bangs away furiously to such an ear splitting standard that it should really come with a government health warning!

With 'MZ5' the beats are of the ferocious whooping banging variety, the acid could cut through ... See full review
posted a review of Yokota* - Panicwaves. over 12 years ago
'Panicwaves' is like a track that fell from a visiting time travel craft from the future.

It is the consummate intense nightmare-ish techno-trance monster, even by Harthouse standards. At the heart of the track is a long drawling simple new-age-ish ... See full review
posted a review of The Visions Of Shiva - How Much Can You Take?. over 12 years ago
The Visions Of Shiva project was short lived, but burned brilliantly whilst active, with 'How Much Can You Take' just edging 'Perfect Day' in the classic stakes.

The 'Physical' version is the more famous of the two versions here. It is of course ... See full review
posted a review of Sven Väth - Fusion / Scorpio's Movement. over 12 years ago
'Fusion' is just plain odd. It lies somewhere between experimental jazz orchestra and pop with a very quirky edge - straight out of the Yello school of experimentation.

'Scorpio's Movement' is the dance floor track here. There was quite a lot of ... See full review
posted a review of Jurgen Vries - The Theme. over 12 years ago
The 'JamX & De Leon's DuMonde Remix' stays just on the right side of Hard Trance without tipping over into Hard Style or whatever they call it these days.

Bruising banging beats, a highly infectious soaring riff, and heavy piano keys are the order of ... See full review
posted a review of Way Out West - Domination / Ajare. over 12 years ago
Not just one all time progressive classic, but two of them. Does it get any better than this?

'Ajare' is an unlikely but highly infectious tribal progressive houser. 'Unlikely' because it doesn't seem to have any real melody, instead it remains ... See full review
posted a review of Way Out West - Blue. over 12 years ago
OK, Nick & Jody are extraordinary musicians, but just how did they manage to compose such an incredibly beautiful piece of music. Watch the movie 'Withnail & I' and all will be revealed.

Don't let that detract from this piece of work though, Way Out ... See full review
posted a review of Vernon - Vernon's Wonderland. over 12 years ago
'Vernon's Wonderland' is quite possibly the all time trance classic.

This track is the perfect marriage between modern classical symphonic and trippy hard edged euro trance. Forget what type of music you're into, you absolutely must listen to this. ... See full review
posted a review of Josh Wink - Higher State Of Consciousness '96 Remixes. over 12 years ago
The thought of a track like this doing major league chart damage now is unthinkable, but it really did happen.

The 'Original Tweekin' Acid Funk Mix' is the one that does the damage. Insane squiggly high pitched acid with ordered breakbeats is the ... See full review
posted a review of The Volunteers - Sun Down. over 12 years ago
Possibly more so than any other DJ Dag release this captures the very essence of the 'Join the Tribe' mantra.

Close your eyes and you can almost imagine yourself on the desert plains in pre-Columbian America, at night, dancing around the tribal fire ... See full review
posted a review of Vapourspace - Gravitational Arch Of 10. over 12 years ago
A stone cold classic that sits agreeably amongst those into techno, trance, or progressive house. This really is one of those elite tracks that stands out a mile from all else and makes for pleasurable home listening as well.

You could almost be ... See full review
posted a review of Wippenberg - Neurodancer. over 12 years ago
Forget about running for cover, there's no escaping this record. In the acid trance stakes, this is unique in so far as it even manages to make 'Lost In Love' by Legend B sound like a chill out record!

It all starts off innocuously enough, like ... See full review
posted a review of Paul van Dyk - Forbidden Fruit. over 12 years ago
The 'BT & PVD's Food Of Love Mix' is essentially a sister record to 'Flaming June' by BT, and as such mix together harmoniously.

The original album version was very much in the older Paul Van Dyk style, i.e. in terms of sounds probably more ... See full review
posted a review of Paul van Dyk - Columbia EP. over 12 years ago
I think everyone will have their own personal favourite out of this selection of tracks. I always plump for the Starecase remix of 'Vega'. It features the best of both the Starecase and Paul Van Dyk worlds. Essentially they add their breaky trademark to ... See full review
posted a review of Sven Väth - L'Esperanza. over 12 years ago
For many, particularly those outside Germany, this 'L'Esperanza' was the first we had heard of Sven Vath. What an amazing way to announce yourself onto the world stage it was. This is the very personification of heavenly bliss and as such perfectly ... See full review
posted a review of Tillmann Uhrmacher - On The Run. over 12 years ago
It's not often that house inspired dance music collides with the world of rock guitars, especially of the twangy 1980s Americana variety (think Lethal Weapon soundtrack). This could quite easily have turned out horrible, but somehow Tillmann Uhrmacher ... See full review
posted a review of Union Jack - Two Full Moons & A Trout. over 12 years ago
Which ever mix you listen to, there is no denying that not only is this one of the all time trance classics, but possibly more than any other track it will silence even the most hardened trance cynic.

The original is a lush journey deep into a ... See full review
posted a review of Usura* - Open Your Mind. over 12 years ago
This bridged the gap between Italian disco inspired piano house and the then emerging progressive house scene, and in doing so remains relevant and playable.

The 'Classic Mix' is the pick of the bunch, using stomping meaty club oriented house beats, ... See full review
posted a review of Underworld - Cowgirl / Rez. over 12 years ago
Don't say it too loudly, but 'Rez' is actually actually a psycadelic trance track. That is certainly nothing to be ashamed of and certainly those in that particular scene should regurlarly give 'Rez' a listen to see how it should be done.
posted a review of Underworld - Born Slippy.NUXX. over 12 years ago
There have never been that many anthems in dance music in the same way that rock music has enjoyed. Tracks rarely unite any dancefloor and have people punching the air, and those that do are usually forgotten all too quickly. This might have something to ... See full review
posted a review of Umek - Gatex (Disc 1). over 12 years ago
You will of course be familiar with the original mix, but has anybody noticed that this track may have been inspired by 'Man from Tomorrow' by Jeff Mills?

The Tiesto remix might prove to be very surprising for those who simply regard him as just ... See full review
posted a review of Troop - Homecoming EP. over 12 years ago
A lot of fuss has been made about this duo recently thanks to their Booka Shade guise, but if you want to know what these guys are really capable of, this is the release to check out.

Noom 17 marked a bit of a departure for Noom at the time. There ... See full review
posted a review of Solar Stone* - The Calling. over 12 years ago
A lovely female vocal trancer that much like BT's collaborations with Jan Johnston, does not have the slightest whiff of cheese about it.

The 'Still Waters Mix' is similar to the 'Inner Peace Mix' in terms of melody and structure, but comes out on top ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Tiësto - Urban Train. over 12 years ago
Whatever else Tiesto does, musically speaking 'Suburban Train' will always mark the pinnacle of his career and for many clubbers this will remain one of the greatest tracks ever.

In truth this probably owes a lot to 'ICE 794' by HH (aka Hardy Heller) ... See full review
posted a review of Terra Ferma Feat. Katie Ashley - Don't Be Afraid / Teeth Of The Jungle. over 12 years ago
At a time when Platipus were leaving their trademark psychedelic trance sound behind, 'Teeth Of The Jungle' came as a welcome return to the 'good old days'. This track is uniquely Platipus, from the stomping tribal tinged beats through to the squelchy ... See full review
posted a review of Sunday Club - Paladian Dawn. over 12 years ago
'Paladian Dawn' dawn hails from the good old days of the progressive house / epic trance cross over and stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best that the likes of BT, Sasha, and Way Out West released back in the mid 1990s.

All the epic staples ... See full review
posted a review of Spooky - Stereo EP. over 12 years ago
'Stereo' is quite unique in that it lies somewhere between trance and breakbeat, but with all the qualities of melodic techno. It is built around joyous majestic organ led twirly riffs over a quick side to side breaky groove, and does indeed have a very ... See full review
posted a review of Sunscreem vs. Push - Please Save Me. over 12 years ago
You could be forgiven for being sceptical about yet another female vocal euro trancer, but you may well be surprised by this. Or maybe it's not that surprising when you consider Push (under his many guises) has consistently released some of the finest ... See full review
posted a review of Luke Slater - All Exhale. over 12 years ago
The Club Mix is one of those sorts of tracks that seems to have it all and is pretty much impossible to categorize. It lies somewhere between techno and electro but has all the hypnotic qualities that suits the more open minded trance floors as well. ... See full review
posted a review of Shaft (2) - Monkey. over 12 years ago
For anybody who grew up in the 1970s and the 1980s this record is great fun.

There is no attempt here at taking itself seriously; instead the emphasis is on placing in as many Monkey and Kung Fu samples as possible. This is all set to a backdrop of ... See full review
posted a review of Sasha - Xpander EP. over 12 years ago
Together with 'Heaven Scent' by Bedrock, 'Xpander' heralded the second coming of Progressive House. From here on for the next few years virtually every producer in the 4 to the floor sphere made their productions ever more progressive, and if they ... See full review
posted a review of Schiller - Ruhe. over 12 years ago
The Humate remix here by far outstrips the previous Humate remix for 'Das Glockenspiel'.

This is an epic trancy progressive journey that equals if not bests anything that the Bedrock boys have produced. Yet it still has an undeniable Humate feel to ... See full review
posted a review of Rodd-Y-Ler - The Art Work E.P.. over 12 years ago
'Lifesigns' is one of the great lesser known trance classics.

It starts off with epic rising classical chords as though a call to the dancefloor. This intro comes to a natural end and the tough electro tinged beats kick in. The hypnotic groove builds ... See full review
posted a review of The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place. over 12 years ago
One of the most fun dance records ever!

Here The Prodigy take a more techno oriented route as opposed to breakbeat, but the result is still rave mayhem of the highest order.

A cutting acidic synth line dominates the proceedings (think 'Take Me ... See full review
posted a review of Poltergeist - Vicious Circles - The Remixes. over 12 years ago
The Union Jack remix proves just how quickly the trance scene was moving back in the early to mid 1990s. 'Vicious Circles' was originally released in 1993 and by all accounts was considered to be an excellent track, yet once the Union Jack version came ... See full review
posted a review of Parker - Beams Of Gaia. over 12 years ago
It's not often that a label gets off to such a good start as Exciter did with this record.

The 'Hard Mix' is the standout mix here. It stays just on the right side of Hard Trance without crossing over into Hard Style. The track announces itself with ... See full review
posted a review of Ovation - Book Of Revelation. over 12 years ago
"Gentlemen, please be seated and open your prayer books to the book of revelation, psalm 69"

The Luxor mix is the very much the quintessential Dag style Lunatec tribal trancer. It features strong Native American Indian pounding beats, galloping ... See full review
posted a review of Octagen & Arizona (2) - Starburst / Profound. over 12 years ago
If you only get hold of one record on Captivating Sounds, this should be it.

In the euphoric euro trance stakes, 'Starburst' is right up there with the likes of 'Schöneberg' by Marmion and 'Neurodancer' by Wippenberg.

In terms of Dutch style euro ... See full review
posted a review of Nu NRG - Connective EP. over 12 years ago
Even if you've grown tired of boshing club oriented progressive euro trance, you may very well find yourself liking the title track 'Connective'.

Even more so than other Nu NRG releases, 'Connective' seems to have the hand of PVD running all over it ... See full review
posted a review of Mo'Hawk - Atlantic Stress / Substance. over 12 years ago
'Atlantic Stress' is one of the finest euro trancers of the new millennium. It has a sound that is at once typically Marco V in terms of the beats and electro tinged production, but overall probably lies closer to M.I.K.E.

The track starts out with ... See full review
posted a review of Moogwai - Viola. over 12 years ago
This initially appeared on Platipus Records Volume 5 several months prior to its release on 12", and in doing so built up a lot of interest amongst DJs and the wider public. Paul Oakenfold in particular was crazy about it.

The word 'sublime' does not ... See full review
posted a review of Lochi - London Acid City. over 12 years ago
'Waterloo Sunset' by The Kinks, 'London Calling' by the Clash, 'Down At A Tube Station At Midnight' by The Jam, 'West End Girls' by The Pet Shop Boys...

This is right up there with the best of them as an all time London anthem. Even without the vocals ... See full review
posted a review of Moby - Go. over 12 years ago
'Go' is the track that launched the legend into the public gaze.

This hails from an era when tracks would be played on pirate FM radio stations several months prior to general release, giving those in the know the coolness factor over joe ... See full review