How you listened to your tape packs

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tomahawk
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How you listened to your tape packs

Post by tomahawk » 12 Jul 2016, 04:34

I don't really, as a rule, have a fav DJ but if there was one particular one whose tapes I used to save until last it was probably Seduction's. Not every tape of Seduction's from packs I had though were always my fav, even though I have never heard Seduction play a bad set.

Most of the time, if I bought a tape pack and knew how the DJs had played chronologically (set times off flyers etc), I would generally listen to them in that order, so I could sort of trace through the night and get the feel for how it evolved. Packs like Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, United Dance were good for this. It wasn't always the case though. Some DJs who played earlier sets played great and sometimes the last set of the night wasn't always my fav (blah blah blah!), so sometimes it was just at random "I feel like Ramos, Ramos' tape is calling me...' etc.

I mostly liked Happy Hardcore in 94/95, so if there were Jungle sets I might skip those and listen to them a few days later when I'd exhausted the Happy ones. I didn't dislike Jungle but it just wasn't first choice. A lot of Jungle tapes I ended up with I hardly played again! I think the first tape pack I borrowed (not bought) was Dreamscape 8 (?). I can't remember what the first tape pack I bought was, possibly something in early 1994?

Probably one of my fav tape packs I had was Amnesia House's "Southern Smile". And a few Helter Skelter ones....oddly enough I never bought any Dreamscape ones until 2006, when I grabbed DS 12 off ebay. A number of mates had DS ones, so instead of doubling we just used to swap with packs we didn't have.

In 2002 when times had got a bit tough I sold a lot of what I had, including my decks. Most of tape packs went too :(

Just reminiscing, I wish I'd started collecting tapes a lot earlier, I hap a number from 1992/93 but not as many as I would have liked, most I had were copied from ones I borrowed at school. I didn't have much money back then! :lol:

Branners
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Re: How you listened to your tape packs

Post by Branners » 12 Jul 2016, 13:04

I'd mix it up. Go for the DJ of my choice in that period, look at one of the "lesser known" DJ's or just randomly grab one. Then I'd have a couple of days of blasting it out via Hifi, or walkman, then move onto the one next to it in the pack. Repeat, then move up on the pack.

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Re: How you listened to your tape packs

Post by China Rising » 14 Jul 2016, 21:33

Still got all my tape packs. I used to always listen to Ellis Dee tapes first and would look for packs with him in them. Same goes for Tango, Ratpack, Slipmatt and Ratty.

I was never really a fan of Grooverider, although he had an awesome DJ name, and I would always play his tapes last. It was only years later that I appreciated his sets a lot more.

mart
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Re: How you listened to your tape packs

Post by mart » 15 Jul 2016, 10:22

I used to play all the happy hardcore djs, dougal, sy, billy bunter ect and not really bother with any other tapes. But later on got into djs like phantasy, Kenny ken, seduction. These days I'm more into hardtrance, hard dance and very rarely listen to livesets even tho I've got loads backed up on hds and dvds, I can't stand mcs anymore :lol:

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Re: How you listened to your tape packs

Post by johno » 03 Aug 2016, 20:50

mart wrote:I used to play all the happy hardcore djs, dougal, sy, billy bunter ect and not really bother with any other tapes. But later on got into djs like phantasy, Kenny ken, seduction. These days I'm more into hardtrance, hard dance and very rarely listen to livesets even tho I've got loads backed up on hds and dvds, I can't stand mcs anymore :lol:

Yeah, I find MC's really shite now, can't listen to any old sets with them onespecially when driving :lol:

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Re: How you listened to your tape packs

Post by msprim » 10 Aug 2016, 22:10

I mainly listened to my oldskool tape packs on my Walkman while i was out and about. I listened to various DJs - well known and mates mixed tapes :D

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Re: How you listened to your tape packs

Post by BaguaChango82 » 17 Jan 2017, 20:30

Would always listen to Easygroove, Ratty, LTJ Bukem & Top Buzz sets first! 8-) 8-) 8-) :mrgreen:
Easygroove would always be the most experimentive with his hardcore to jungle to techno back to jungle to hardcore etc...
Ratty was the darkside/Jungle tekno specialist and mixing always bang on!
Top buzz always played the more dancier and mellow stuff which i really enjoyed.
LTJ Bukem with his intelligent jungle/drum & bass and seemless mixing!
And the last 3 were guilty of playing some of the unreleased dubplates of the day too!!! :D

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