Disc 1: Hard House mix by DJ Denise
Denise touched a turntable for the first time in 1998 and DJ'ed her first show just two weeks later, a young prodigy who became the fastest rising star the San Francisco electronic scene has ever witnessed. Earning such titles as "San Francisco's premier hard house DJ," "the Bay Area's top female trance DJ," "Queen of hard trance" and countless other praises, she's proven time and time again why she is one of the most sought-after DJs in the Bay Area. Her career has been a hectic but rewarding roller coaster ride, averaging well over 100 shows a year and traveling all across the North American West Coast and Hawaii. With more compilations to date than you can count on both hands, she's kept hungry listeners satisfied with her knack for good music and unique style of mixer cuts, tricks, and incomparably tight beatmatching.
DJ Denise owns and runs her own business, Mizumo Music, which will also be home to her record label of the same name. At the moment, Denise has several remixes under her belt, but this is only the beginning. "If you can't find what you like," she says, "You've gotta make it yourself!" Keep your eyes and ears open for more original productions in the near future.
Since the moment she first touched the tables on that unforgettable day in '98, Denise has never been able to envision a fate other than DJing. In this world of endless DJs, she stands out as an original with the talent to go far. She doesn't do it for the fame; she does it because she loves to make people happy through music. Thousands of fans can attest: it's working so far!
1. Knuckleheadz "You Can Feel It"
2. Steve Thomas "They Came in Peace"
3. Steve Thomas "I Am"
4. Mark Kavanagh "Make You Wanna?"
5. Phlash! vs. Base Graffiti "Mind, Body & Soul"
6. DJ Ziad "4 to the Floor"
7. OD404 "Let Me Tell You Something" Steve Thomas remix
8. Base Graffiti "If You Have It" 2002 remix
9. Phlash! featuring Steve Hill "Get A Life [Frantic Theme]" Andy Farley mix
10. Steve Hill "Wicked 2003" Kumara remix
11. Yukan Project "It Starts Hard Again" Knuckleheadz mix
12. F1 "Recoil" Paul Glazby mix
13. Steve Blake & Phil Reynolds "Phase 2" Nick Sentience mix
14. Neon Lights "You're Not Alone" Mr. Bishi mix
15. Mr. Bishi "Throw Your Hands [In the Air]" Lee Haslam mix
Disc 2: Hard Trance Mix by Steve Hill
Steve Hill is based at Pure Groove Records in London, home to labels Y2K and Tripoli Trax. In the six years he has been in the UK, the New Zealander has fast become one of the leaders of the Hard Dance sound. Recording under a number of guises including Kumara, Mr. Bishi, Nylon, Volts Wagen, Neon Lights, Phlash! and Nu Renegades, as well as under his own name, he is also consulting A+R for Tripoli Trax and Y2K, owns VW Recordings, manages artists such as Prime Mover, Grinder and Shark Boy, and has toured the world over DJ'ing! His uplifting Hard Dance sound is regularly heard at superclubs where he plays such as Frantic (resident), Sundissential, Fevah, God's Kitchen, Hard House Academy, and festivals such as Dance Valley in Holland, Tidy Trax Weekender, as well as on a number of compilations including Frantic Residents (Nukleuz 2003), Welcome To The Club (Universal 2003), Tripoli Trax Volume 2 (Sheer Music S.A. 2001), and Crankin Hard House (Universal 2001). With more air miles than an albatross, Steve plans to tour the States very soon...
1. JFK "Whiplash" Bad Habit Boys Mix
2. Kinetica "Let Go" Original Mix
3. JFK "Good God" Warp Brothers Mix
4. Steve Hill vs Stealth "Looking Back" Beat Renegades Mix
5. Steve Blake "I Get A Rush" K90 Mix
6. Taskforce "Touch Me" Thrillseekers Mix
7. Neon Lights "Bullet In The Gun" Guyver Mix
8. Steve Hill "Wicked 2003"
9. DJ Meister "Can You Feel It" Steve Hill Code Mix
10. Prime Mover "Feel What I Feel"
11. Shark Boy vs Steve Hill "Touch Me" Vox Mix
12. Grinder "Runaway" Original Mix
13. Rob Tissera "Burning" Guyver Mix
14. Mr. Bishi "I Need Your Loving" Lee Pasch Mix
15. Steve Hill "My Lovin'" Guyver Mix
Shouts & Thanks:
"First of all big thanks to Tarik for giving this project the green light, Steve Hill for his constant feedback and input, and Ziad and the rest of the Pure Groove crew for doing things proper! Without you lot I never would've discovered the wonderful world of hard house. Thanks to my family (mom, dad, Brian, and Dave, my computer tech) for their love & support. To my colleagues (Thomas Trouble, the Skills crew, Joey Mazzola, Morgan, Kem, Gerard, Aleks, Paul the Fanman & the Audio Metamorphosis crew, St. John & House Nation, Tracer, Future Funk, Dawn of Sound, Andy & the Anubis crew, Dragn'fly, Elz, the list goes on!) thanks for always being there for feedback & advice, to my friends Jess, Leddy, Ian, Ant & Rose, Nat & Vinny, Sergio, Lenne & Lino, B.Choi!, Brooke, James Chang, Caroline, K1, K2 & SB, Kellen & Shali, K3 & Phil - without you my life would be a bore! To the promoters who have booked me in the past (and the future, wink wink!), to the Bay Area scene and my loyal fans both at home & abroad, thank you for letting me share my music and skills with you. Finally, thank you to each & every person who has ever seen or heard me & thought good thoughts. Endless thanks for your love & support! Keep on listening & I'll keep spinning..."
"This album is dedicated to all of those who have contributed to the success of Tripoli Trax, Y2K and Volts Wagen. To all of the Pure Groove team, past and present, especially Tarik, Ziad, Steve Thomas, Paul C, Jojo, Mick, DJ Lick, Amparo, and to all of the artists and remixers who've graced our releases over the years, the distributors, the retailers and the people that buy our records each and every week - this album wouldn't be possible without you.
Personal thanks go to DJ Denise for working so hard on this album, Tom Slik, Jon Bishop, DJ CBR, Andrew Innes, and all of the great U.S connections! Jon Langford, Mick Shiner, the Frantic Crew, Rachel Auburn, Rob Tissera, Greg 'Shark Boy' Ferguson and all the usual suspects, plus, I can't forget my girl, Alexis Hart and my family, Mum, Dad, Andy, Hilary, Kyle, Ryan, Jasmine, and Leo... thanks for all your support!"
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