We ask the Decoded directors for the tracks that shaped their lives musically

Yesterday was a pretty quiet day in the office, so we took the opportunity to ask the directors for 3 tracks which opened their minds to dance music and made them all want to be DJs. The results are really enlightening.

Damion Pell
Spanning a career over two decades, Damion has played across the world from beach parties in Sydney, tropical jungle parties on the Great Barrier Reef, to DJing at the top of a mountain at Snowbombing and residencies at Ministry of Sound London.

Commander Tom – Are Am Eye

Drax – Amphetamine

DJ Misjah & DJ Tim – Access

Daz Pearson
As operations manager for our successful global radio shows Daz works mainly behind the scenes, but he’s also a very gifted, incredibly humble and accomplished DJ himself having played, run and co-promoted events across the UK and Ibiza.

Origin – Wide Eyed Angel

Celeda – Be Yourself (Tenaglia Mix)

Jam & Spoon – Stella


Ian French
Global A&R Manager, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat to Drum & Bass, Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are good food, great wine and travel.

Goldie – Inner City Life

Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag

LTJ Bukem – Horizons

Mick Finucan
As far as talent and drive for techno goes within the Decoded team Irish Editor Mick is up there at the top. With his trademark sound of driving techno he has an impressive collection of his own productions in an ever growing back catalogue including a competition winner remix for Josh Wink release on Ovum. Now taking a new direction in his style an returning to his roots of the late 90’s, he has releases forthcoming on Decoy and ARTS with some more in the pipeline waiting to announce.

Dave Clarke – Red 2

Laurent Garnier – Crispy Bacon

Richie Hawtin – Minus / Orange 1

Simon Huxtable
UK Editor Simon fell in love with dance music in the early 90s but didn’t realise it was dance music until many years later. A DJ for 19 years, he played all around the UK and beyond at some of the best nightclubs in the country, but it’s with production he now finds the greatest pleasure and is currently signed to a raft of high-profile progressive house labels.

FSOL – Papua New Guinea

Bizarre Inc – Raise Me (Eons Ascension Mix)

Terrorize – It’s Just a Feeling