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Tony De Vit


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  1. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Anthony de Vit (12 September 1957 – 2 July 1998) was an English DJ and music producer. He is considered and one of the most influential of his generation. He was credited with helping to take the “hard house” and fast “hard NRG” sounds out of the London gay scene and into mainstream clubs. His single “Burning Up” reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1995, with “To The Limit” making number 44 in September 1995

  2. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    During that year he won BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the Year Award, as voted by listeners of the show, and Music Week’s re-mix of Year Award for Louise’s (Naked). He remixed many UK Top 40 hits during his career with artists like Taylor Dayne and East 17.[9] Between 1994 and 1998 his popularity[10] with the clubbing public was rivaled by only Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox.

  3. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    In September 2010, Mixmag UK announced the nominations of 35 DJs chosen by other big names in the world of dance music as those they considered the best DJs ever. A subsequent 15-month survey, which polled hundreds of thousands of global votes, asked who was the Greatest DJ of All Time and when the result was announced in January 2011, Tony De Vit was ranked No 9 and one of four British DJs who made the Top 10

  4. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Anthony de Vit was born to Raymond de Vit and June Silcock in Kidderminster, England. Through his father’s family he was directly related to Charles Anatole de Vit, a wealthy French immigrant who migrated to the UK in the 1840s. Kidderminster has also been the family’s home since the mid-1930s.

  5. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Tony de Vit began DJing at the age of 17, as a wedding DJ in 1976 playing at local pubs in his home town of Kidderminster, followed in his early 20s, by his first residency at the ‘Nightingale’ in Birmingham on a Monday night where he played pop and Hi-NRG. He would often have to sweep floors and empty ashtrays after the club had closed. In a relatively short space of time de Vit, through his talent and the diversity of his music, helped establish the ‘Nightingale’ as a respected club. During the early 1980s, he worked at Wolverhampton’s Beacon Radio, playing club tracks during a regular late-night slot on the 1922 show hosted by Mike Baker of Smooth FM).

  6. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    ony de Vit began DJing at the age of 17, as a wedding DJ in 1976 playing at local pubs in his home town of Kidderminster, followed in his early 20s, by his first residency at the ‘Nightingale’ in Birmingham on a Monday night where he played pop and Hi-NRG. He would often have to sweep floors and empty ashtrays after the club had closed. In a relatively short space of time de Vit, through his talent and the diversity of his music, helped establish the ‘Nightingale’ as a respected club. During the early 1980s, he worked at Wolverhampton’s Beacon Radio, playing club tracks during a regular late-night slot on the 1922 show hosted by Mike Baker of Smooth FM).

  7. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    In 1992, the illegal Raves in the UK moved into the clubs in a bid to legalise the scene. One of the key figures of the house music scene at this time was a Birmingham promoter called Simon Raine, who took an interest in Tony’s career he put Tony on the bill alongside Fabio and Grooverider at ‘The Institute’ and encouraged him to make ‘in roads’ into other house parties as Tony had predominately played in the gay club scene. Raine had launched the successful ‘Gatecrasher’ club nights taking this advice he played at the ‘Chuff Chuff’ events sharing the bill with Sasha. It was at this time that he recorded and released his first record ‘Feel the Love (Don’t Go Away)’ which was well received on the club scene. His second release was a track called ‘Higher & Higher’ (with disco diva Norma Lewis ), which became the future benchmark for de Vit & his V2 concept, but it was de Vit’s track ‘Burning Up’ that took everybody by surprise going straight in at No. 24 on the UK Top 40 charts.

  8. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    In 1995, Radio 1 contacted him for his first ‘Essential MIx’. At the same time record companies recognised his ability and talent and Tony featured on no less than twelve of the top compilation dance mix Albums during this year including, Fantazia ‘House Collection Volume 2’ and the ‘Remixers’ album, Sound Dimension’s ‘Retrospective of House’ Volumes 2 & 4, Boxed’s Global Underground series ‘Live in Tel Aviv’, ‘Live in Tokyo’ and the memorable ‘Live in Handsworth Wood'(joke!), ‘Kiss mix 97’, the very sought-after ‘Trade’ Volumes 1 & 3, and the international release, ‘Trade Global Grooves’.

  9. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    With the launch of Jumpwax Records in 1996, Hard house music in the UK became more mainstream with tracks like ‘Are You All Ready’ and ‘I Don’t Care’ beginning to receive major radio play and strong sales figures upon release. Following the demise of Jumpwax Records in 1996 came the launch of his own label TDV Records, which saw him release, ‘Bring The Beat Back’ and ‘Get Loose’. Tony went on to play at all the major dance clubs/events in the UK at this time, including, Legacy @ The Manor in Ringwood, Slinky @ the Opera House in Bournemouth, Cream, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, and Creamfields. He garnered a string of awards and nominations during the year, including Mixmag’s ‘2nd Best DJ of the Year 1996’, M8 magazine’s ‘Best DJ of the Year 1996’ and was selected by Music Week as ‘Top Remixer of 1996’. His remix of Louise’s ‘Naked’ earned Music Week’s vote as the ‘Ground breaking Remix of 1996

  10. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    In 1997, he was offered a show on ‘Kiss 100’ which grew popularity grew by the year he was ranked number 5 in DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ’s in the World. In the early part of 1998, he recorded the anthem ‘The Dawn’ with Paul Janes and Andy Buckley, which was part of the six track ‘Trade EP’. Tony went on to comment that ‘…he was very proud of it…’ considering (for the first time) he was working with a new & different engineer. Paul Janes went on to remix ‘The Dawn’ as a personal tribute to Tony’s work and special understanding to his music genre, the track is considered to be his best work

  11. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Tony De Vit sadly passed away on 2 July 1998, at the age of 40, he died of bronchial failure. After Tony De Vit’s death, a conflict kept his records off the shelves for many years, but finally a compilation album of his songs and remixes was released called Are You All Ready?

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  12. Viper-Oceania   On   June 30, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Personally, Tony will always have a very influential impact on me, by far one of the best DJ’s i have heard and fortunately seen perform live back in 1995, this is simply what is called a legend because he has earned it world wide, R.I.P. to a very gifted musician and DJ.

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