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I do this to share knowledge and help out others. If you are an entrepreneur that is hungry for more knowledge and want to hear some stories of my successes and failures including my years involved in raves , please check out www.
In the end, the music I played was created and made for raves. The energy, love and appreciation from the crowd that is captured on these live sets make them a completely unique listening experience. As the years passed, we got better and better at doing the live capture, and making the crowd just as important as anything that was happening on the stage.
I just uploaded what ended up being the last ever time I spun a set anywhere. It was WEMF This was not planned as my final retirement set, but I ended up focusing on other parts of my life and new opportunities. That Hulla stage ended up being a full-on feature attraction as the dedicated hardcore fanbase of Hulla came out in big numbers.
We were involved for 5 years, from until That was how involved we were. Fortunately he was of the mind set of also moving on positively. I offered to forgive all past debts, and basically all I asked was to be booked under my normal headlining conditions. He agreed, and the peace was made. It felt good to be back there after so many years. Robin came out, and it was a bit like old times. Then on Saturday night on the main stage as the sky became dark I played what would end up being my final set of my entire DJ career.
I like that this set had meaning, about peace and forgiveness. It was good to be there. I feel good that this was my last booking. This set is uploaded to SoundCloud, so I welcome you to share in what is the final Anabolic Frolic set.
When the show first launched, it became the 1 show on the channel, which at the time was the 1 dance music streamer on the internet. In around our show left the original broadcaster, and we started streaming it on our own dedicated channel and webpage.
I have all the shows archived from the era onwards. My hope is that an entirely new audience might enjoy them, and original fans of the show can relive a great time in our lives. All the shows are available at soundcloud. I will add shows regularly until we get to the final episode. We drew comfort in that. Oddballs who had their own fashion, culture and certainly unusual tastes in music at that time.
In my case, I was a nerd. Being a nerd gave me the skills to use the early internet to make contact with people overseas who could buy me happy hardcore records. I used the usenet group alt. I never had any clothing style. Then people found me. But I could be a nerd, and be a raver. And later a famous rave DJ and promoter, who was still a nerd. This was published in Dream Magazine UK back in Little did we know where this journey was going to take us.
I can still remember the first store I saw it in for sale. A Virgin Music in Vancouver. I was on my way to Los Angeles for the official launch party with my best friend, George. Many people wrote to me after that they bought it on a whim. Hard to think back to those days before MP3s and internet streaming, that often you just bought CDs in the store trying your luck and hoping you liked it.
We arrived in LA, and went to see the Moonshine office. They had modest hopes for the CD. Jungle was represented on their label, but not the evolution of happy hardcore so that was where I came in. As we met with their staff, they ran over the publicity they would be doing for the CD. Magazine ads, posters, I would be appearing on various radio stations, media interviews, a publicist would be taking some photos.
I was now plugged into their promotional machine. This is where things started to get real, real fast. All day they were promoting my appearance as we listened on the car radio.
I started to get real nervous. Up until this point I was just a small DJ, playing small local raves, but certainly not on the level of doing international appearances and promotion. So it definitely felt like a whirlwind ride.
The one thing I was was passionate. I had already made the decision to start a business importing vinyl from the UK, and between that and DJing, that was how I made my living.
At that time I had no idea where this was all going to take me. The success of Happy2bHardcore caught everyone by surprise and it would go on to sell over , copies, which was in incredible number for obscure music. The success of the CD emboldened me. The year is , over 20 years from when I embarked on my DJ career.
Happy2bHardcore Chapter 1 would be released early , and the first Hullabaloo rave would happen later that year. We wrapped up Hullabaloo in , with a year reunion party in I was able to look at the writing on the wall during that time, and knew it was a good time to move on and wrap things up.
I had had huge success, and felt like my mountain had been conquered and felt no desire to try and recapture past successes. I followed my passion of entrepreneurship, and have started multiple successful businesses since then.
The skills I developed from my rave days I used for the rest of my life. My biggest success has been co-founding a webinar platform that has been used by over 20 million people and generated almost a Billion dollars for its users. I literally parlayed my experiences developing e-commerce solutions for my rave business and the skills from being an early online radio streamer into a whole new opportunity.
Today I use my business success to mentor and invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs. Ones hungry like I had once been, and hopefully with a bit of my guidance I can help them navigate their own success.
I do appreciate the comments that I receive from people after all these years, it is very touching. I do have one piece of unfinished business, and that is my long gestating memoirs of my rave days. That book is actually written and I hope to see it published as the definitive account of that era by someone who was in the middle of it. I just turned 38 years old. Not a big milestone birthday, spent quiet at home with my family.
It did make me think about a past birthday however. Exactly 16 years ago on my 22nd birthday I moved into a new office I had rented to launch my Happy Hardcore record business.
I had been renting a room from a family to live previously, but they sold their house and I had to find a new place to live. I had started importing and selling happy hardcore vinyl out of my bedroom, and was so passionate about my music, I made a calculated gamble that I could make a real go of it.
Worst-case-scenario I ended up being unsuccessful. I was young, had time to burn, so why not go for it. The office was about 10 x 12 feet with no windows. I had a couch. That night, my birthday, I was alone in a pitch black room. I never felt so alone in my life. I had a web page set up, and was the very first happy hardcore website ever indexed by Yahoo, which at the time was the dominant search engine.
I started making contact with other aspiring happy hardcore DJs, and before long was selling vinyl to most of them. It was a very small business, but it did pay the rent, but I could not afford anything more than that. I lived in that office.
I spent my spare time making copies of my first widely distributed mixtape, called The Frolic Files. One at a time I would copy them, and bring boxes with me to every rave I attended and handed them out to anyone that looked like they were having fun. I also started mailing them to record labels, and after being in my office for only a few weeks I got a call from Moonshine in Los Angeles.
They were thinking of doing a happy hardcore compilation and I seemed like the right guy for them. Happy2bHardcore Chapter 1 was released a few months later. Also a few weeks into my stay at the office I got a call from a promoter from a new Toronto rave company called Not The End. They got my tape. They wanted me to play at their first event.
After playing at their party, and then getting deeply involved with them for their second event, planted the bug in me to promote my own parties if I wanted to see the music that I loved get the exposure it needed.
Happy2bHardcore chapter 2 came out around that time, and I started getting regular DJ bookings all over.