S'Express, the project fronted by DJ Mark Moore in the late '80s and early '90s, have a remix album dropping on Needle Boss Records soon.
Todd Terry started DJing around his home city of New York in the mid-'80s. “When I started — around '84, '85 — I was just doing random parties, weddings, Sweet Sixteens, a lot of different parties — anything I could get my hands on,” Todd tells DJ Mag.
“I just wanted to DJ at the time, so me and my friends would load up speakers and a system and everything, and stress ourselves out just so that we could get to this party — and DJ. Rain, snow — whatever we had to do, we made sure we got to the party.”
How a largely instrumental album by an unknown Norwegian duo became a word-of-mouth million-selling sensation at the start of the decade, thanks to some unique hooky melodies and different ways of getting their music out there...
By the mid-'90s, Norman Cook had been involved in three UK No.1 records. First there was the acapella 'Caravan of Love' in 1986 with Hull-based indie band The Housemartins, who Cook had joined on bass as a favour to his old pal from Reigate College — Paul Heaton, the singer.
One of the most prolific and pioneering electronic music composers of the '70s and '80s, Giorgio Moroder was born in Italy and started playing guitar in a jazz band at the age of 16. “I was a musician for more than 10 years with a small group,” he tells DJ Mag, backstage at the Top 100 DJs party where he was presenting the No.1 award. “Touring as a musician was a nice life but I thought I might end up at 50 or 60 and still playing the clubs, so I thought I should become a composer.
As a teenage boy, music-obsessed Kris Needs ran the fanclub of '70s bluesy-glam band Mott the Hoople before becoming immersed in the London punk scene in the late ‘70s. He edited the respected ZigZag punk ‘zine and went on tour with The Clash, started his own band The Vice Creems and had his life saved by Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols.