Syco was first introduced to the Acid House movement way back in the inaugural days of the early Rave scene. Finding himself on the dancefloor of Gt Yarmouth Richard’s Parties during the halcyon 1988 Summer of Love, he realised he had arrived at an important point in time for music and culture. Wanting to be a part of the movement, fervour and runaway bliss of the moment, he took up DJing after seeing Hardcore Godfather Carl Cox rock out one of his legendary sets on three decks.
He instantly fell in love with the music. He tells us “you walked into the room and it was like another world. A whole experience where House music took over. Back in the day you would play everything together. There were no boundaries to the music and DJs weren’t afraid to blend different genres together to create a musical journey”.
From this point on he immersed himself in the scene, working with XL Records, the label that first thrust the Prodigy into the large lens of the public scene. During this period he played alongside such greats as LTJ Bukem, DJ Hype, Slipmatt and legendary Rave group Liquid. During this time he had his first record deal with Ozone Recordings, releasing two singles including Say Aaagh, which was played by John Peel on his late night sessions show.
Syco’s career took off further in 1992 when he formed Dance on Arrival, or DOA for short, a group that managed to land a deal with Drum N Bass label Boogie Beat. They released two singles, I Like It and Muppet Mayhem, both of which received considerable airtime on the scene, making their way into the boxes of a number of big name DJs such as Ratty and Carl Cox.
In addition to his releases, Syco also played at the Norwich Sound City gigs in 1992 at the Waterfront – a venue specially created to accommodate this event. He played on the ones and twos alongside N-Joi, Prodigy, Shaman and Orbital playing two sets for XL Records, his employer at the time. Following this he co-formed Another Dimension, a project that went on to spawn both the Wardance and Red Seal record labels, grabbing a major club smash with the Afterlife EP by 39 Orbits.
Taking some time out between 1997 and 2005, Syco decided to return to the scene in bringing his Old School attitude to the then current soundscape, settling on an eclectic sound base on Hard Techno. This sub-genre best reminded him of the original Acid House scene, passing more than a nod towards the original European sounds.
Syco is still passionate about the music in the same way as he has always been – from those first days of opening his ears to the first notes of the Rave scene. Instead of listening at record shops he spends hours sifting through samples online of hundreds of tunes. He has an absolute ear for good music and the ability to pull out sounds and select records from a huge slice of time, bringing a dash of both the old and new to any party at which he plays.
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