It's the earlier half of the 2000's. You've decided that a thursday night bender is in order... where else do you head? Fry'ed Thursday Delights.
You've spent the night dancing up a storm, head across the road to the Hotel for a short break and drinks, maybe a game of pool... and next thing you know most of the night has gotten away from you.
You head back into the ICEBOX... it's coming up to closing set.
Who remembers this time? This era? WHO REMEMBERS DAVE STROUD CLOSING SETS@ THE ICEBOX ON A FRIDAY MORNING?
For any true hard house fan in Sydney who was around that time, who EVER went to ICEBOX, surely would know this man.
Having first seen Dave Stroud play back in 1998 on a boat cruise, my first experience of a Dave Stroud set was far from hardhouse. Playing old skool rave, english breakbeat hardcore, I loved what he played and how he played it from the beginning. Soon later we became mates at some stage, realising that practically any style of music we liked, it was a shared sentiment.
So fast forward back to the early 2000's, and Dave and I began playing a few sets back to back at the ICEBOX (cheers for that opportunity Sir Stroudy!) and it was here I really got to experience the energy that came from an icebox final hour.
Across Sydney Stroud had a reputation for banging it out each and every set. Playing as a resident at nights such as MY PLACE @ 61 REGENT ST, PANDEMONIUM @ 77, REVOLUTION @ ICEBOX as well as being a regular at DAYDREAMS during the Pavillion Hotel era, he was with no doubt a main player in the Sydney Scene.
The gigs don't stop there. The trip to Canberra became a regular occurance for him also, having to trek down their for various gigs such as PASSION and RETOX. A long list of international shows back in the day are the highlight of this mans bio, with support for Floowshow of Tripolli trax, Kevin Energy & Hixxy just being a few.
Never one to follow what was considered the trend, in the early days as a majority of the Sydney Hard Dance DJ's ventured into the German Traance territory, he held his ground and kept banging it out.
Words/interview by Tanner Rowdy One