Throwback Thursday dedicated to Tony De Vit 12 September 1957 – 2 July 1998

We take a solemn approach to our Throwback Thursday and dedicate it to a true gentleman and icon of the British dance music industry, Tony De Vit (12 September 1957 – 2 July 1998) who sadly passed away 17 years ago on this day after losing a long battle with illness.

DJ, Producer and Remixer 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, during that year he won BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the Year Award voted by listeners of the show and Music Week’s re-mix of Year Award for Louise’s (Naked). He remixed multiple UK Top 40 hit’s during his career with artists like Taylor Dayne and East 17.

Between 1994 and 1998 his popularity with the clubbing public was rivaled only by Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox. In September 2010 Mixmag UK announced the nominations of 35 DJ’s chosen by other big names in the world of dance music who they considered the best ever the result of the 15 month survey which polled hundreds of thousands of global votes asked who is the Greatest DJ of All Time the result was announced in January 2011, Tony De-Vit was ranked No9 and one of four British DJ’s that made the Top 10.

We have compiled a series of mixes for you to enjoy. So switch off the lights, break out the glowsticks and turn it up for a history lesson you won’t forget

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