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DJ Sy

Great interview with a man like DJ Sy over at Ransom Note

Shouts out for Ark, shame the dates are wrong (shoudl eb 91-97), Fantazia, Obsession etc

Check the whole interview out here   Dj Sy

 

Tell me how you got into music

I’m originally from Croydon, and it was through radio stations that I got into the music. One night I was tuning across the radio and I came across Invicta Radio– I think it was Mastermind Roadshow on, they were a couple of guys, Mad Max and Dave VJ, and they were playing New York New York by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Up to that point I’d been quite heavily into ska, the Specials and all of that, but when I came across this track I’d never heard anything by it. It was funky, it was a rap, immediately I was hooked. I stayed in every night tuned into that radio station for months and months, listen to rap. I ended up getting Technics decks a couple of years after that through a Saturday job

That was quite a commitment in those days

Yeah. There was no one else in my school into the music- maybe two blokes in a thousand kids. So yeah it was really rare to be into it. It wasn’t the normal thing to do – it was even really difficult to find out what the decks were that the hip hop DJs were using cos there was no internet back then

How did you find out what the decks were?

I went to a hip hop night with an MC I used to do demo tapes with, and that was the first time I saw a DJ in front of me live. I remember staring at them for the whole show, I must have been about 14, 15, staring at these two decks thinking I want them, I want them. I did a little scratching before then, but when I got the Technics it transformed what I could do.

What was the show?

I can’t remember the name, but it was in Brixton, and all the British guys who were around then played; Hijack, Cookie Crew – I think Mastermind were DJing there which is how I knew about it.

So finding the decks must have been hard – learning to scratch must have been harder

That’s the thing, it sounds like I’m trying to big myself up, but I had to work it out myself. There was no digital support, no videos I could watch – that hip hop show I mentioned was one of only a very few I went to and you couldn’t really see what was going on because you couldn’t get up close. So I was completely self-taught.

And the scratching became such a feature of your sets

I bought it from my hip hop grounding, then carried on doing it even when I played house music. I’m a bit gutted about that whole thing, because to keep on top of it you’ve got to practice 5-6 hours a day, and at the start I used to do that. But I got so pissed off with turning up to clubs and the set up not being right, the mixer being a weird mixer with no cross fader, or the decks being 10 feet apart, I kinda lost faith in it, so I didn’t keep up the practice. It’s a bit of an excuse, but I’d get to a gig after having practiced a new technique or pattern, and I just couldn’t do it. I’d get so pissed off – it’s something I’ve always done but I didn’t follow through because of that fact. But still, I got known for scratching, and people started tagging me as ‘the UK’s number one scratchmaster’ which bothered me a bit. I mean it was flattering, but you look at some of these guys, these proper hip hop guys who live and breathe hip hop scratching and they’re a million miles further advanced than what I do. I just use it as an addition, I use it to augment the music – if there’s a flatter bit of a track I’ll try and give a bit more rhythm to it – it’s not a main feature, I try and keep it subtler.

Yeah, very true. That’s a good way of putting it – a very political way of putting it hahaha… DJs who scratch all over a vocal are twats, you want them to shut the fuck up..

So when did you take it out and start playing

I went to university in Nottingham and got together with a load of like-minded people who were into urban music, hip hop, soul and all of that, and we put a night on for students, and then that was pretty popular. Because of that there was a wine bar in the centre of Nottingham that my mate managed to sweet talk us a gig in. It went well the first night, and within two weeks it was rammed. The owner of that wine bar owned a club in town, and he put me on there – that went well, he then moved to a club called Venus in Nottinghma that’s quite famous, and it all kicked off there. That was just at the time of tracks by LFO and Nightmares on Wax, and the rave scene really started. The hip hop had been good, but it wasn’t really club music back then, and with the summer of love of ’88, and house music coming over to the UK, I really loved it. So this fella bought Venus and it went mental – I caught it right at the right time with those tracks coming out. The manager wanted to keep it a trendy sort of London Balearic club, but because I don’t really like that sort of stuff I stuck to the proper underground hard rave stuff, and it went mad. There were queues around the block. The owner got rid of me in the end because the clientele was too rave based and he didn’t like it. He was very fashion conscious, and he wanted to be right on the cusp of every changing trend – rave has always been a bit of a bastard niche, it’s always been a bit looked down upon and he didn’t want to go down that path. I mean, of course with the drugs that are associated with it you can understand it from a certain point of view – you don’t want 2000 kids off their faces in Nottingham city centre, the national press were against it. Crazy times.

How did you get from there to a national stage?

The start of that was through DJ SS. He booked me for an event in Leicester, for one of his Nemesis gigs, which was 2-3000 people. They were awesome raves, really really good. I played that and that got my name out into record shops on flyers. Then I was booked to play in Amnesia in Coventry which was massive back then, and it went from there really. Once Gideon from Obsession – or Fantazia as it was known back then – booked me, he took me down to Exeter, down to the South coast.

There are so many stories of people getting stitched for payment, or encountering gangsters, is this something you came across?

I never did. To be honest, I never had time to hang about in raves. At that time I was really getting busy – I’d do Newcastle, over to Carlisle, then over to Exeter in the same night. It’s a bit gutting really, I would have liked to experience it a bit more, to soak up the atmosphere rather than just turn up and play, but that’s the way it was.

What were the tunes that came out around 1991 – 92 that really sounded to you like the sound was being pushed forward?

That’s easy – Edge #1 – well, it’s called Compounded and the artist is Edge #1. I remember I was at an Ark night in Leeds – it’s something I was doing from 91-95. They were wicked nights, and I remember one night Grooverider was on, and at last I had a chance to check some other DJs out. He pulled that tune out, and it was something that I’d never heard before. Most of the other stuff was pure breakbeat then, but this had the kick to it, and that synth line. I went up to him and said ‘what the fuck is that!?’ I think that’s a real seminal track.

What point did you get into the production?

That was about ‘94. Heavy breakbeat stuff had split off into jungle, but there were a few DJs who still liked the four/four kick – it was noticeable in 92 – 93 hardcore that there were tracks that had the 4/4 kick running through, but in ’94 it branched off into a genre of just that, a lot happier as well, lots of piano breaks in there. ‘94 was when I still had a full time job, but I had so many gigs that I thought I just can’t carry on working 7 til 5 or whatever it was – I’d end up having to cancel gigs because I was so tired. So I thought, everywhere I was DJing was busy, it was a really good time for raves, so I made the decision to quit the day job and start producing. It was crazy times – I think Slipmatt’s SMD #1 did about 20,000 copies. For something that’s not being advertised on radio that’s not bad for a day’s work.

And you were pursing the happier 4/4 sound – was that a conscious decision to move away from the breakbeats?

To be honest it was forced, which is unfortunate. My favourite era, which is probably 87-90, the tunes I really liked were the bass heavy breakbeat tunes, really dark tunes like Unique 3, Nightmares on Wax, LFO… I dunno. I really liked the early 90s as well, up to 94, because there was the mixture, you could play a piano track, and then follow it with the darkest thing you’ve heard in your life and the crowd would lap it up. But when it split you kinda had to make a choice. I remember in 94, the jungle stuff was just a bit too dark and monotonous, it was all amen breaks and I wasn’t really inspired by it, but then it bothers me that the happy scene was a bit too happy – there wasn’t much variation in it. So I tried to introduce a bit of darkness into the tracks, but it split so much. It was amazing how it split so immensely. Within the space of a year happy hardcore was a million miles away from jungle. It was ridiculously popular and the atmosphere at happy hardcore raves was out of this world, but it always bugged me that there wasn’t more variety and that if you did do something a bit different it didn’t get as good a reaction as the really happy stuff.

Then in the late 90s and early 00s there was a period where vinyl stopped selling and record shops started closing down. How did you react to this? Was there ever a point where you were worried?

There’s been a few occasions like that. Around 98-99 happy hardcore had run it’s course a little bit, and the scene started to take a bit of a dip. That was a worrying time, but luckily the trance element was introduced, that gave it another kick up the balls as it were – that style is still around 16 years later. That got popular, and by 2005-06 it was absolutely massive again, it picked right up. That coincided with the decline of vinyl – vinyl sales were a big chunk of my income and I had to adapt to the digital market which at the time was nowhere near as big. That’s the reason I stopped producing, you’ve got to support yourself and now there’s just not the financial reward in producing hardcore. It’s a shame but that’s how it’s gone.

 

So you’ve got another job?

Yeah I’m in property development now, I’ve been doing it for about 10 years – with the decline in record sales and downloads I had to branch out and do something else. It’s good – Djing now I’m not doing it just for the money, I’m doing it more for enjoyment than having to pay the bills.

Are you a naturally manic person? Because to me, 180 bpm is manic. You seem pretty laidback to be honest..

Hahaha, I’m very laidback I’d say – the thing with hardcore is you get the half tempo feel to it – it sounds like 90 bpm to me, it’s the way you interpret it I suppose. I remember when the tempos started to creep up and Ellis-D put out a track called something like ‘keep rave at 140 bpm’ – and you’d hear tracks faster than that and be like Jesus Christ it’s too fast! Now we’re at 180 bpm and I don’t even bat an eyelid. It’s crazy how you get used to it.

OK, finally what’s the greatest rave you played at?

I think the 1992 Fantazia at Matchams Park in Bournemouth. I was doing a very late set, 4 til 5 or 5 til 6 or something. I drove down and it was a beautiful morning. The sun was coming up, and it was dead quiet where I parked. I walked up 500 yards, walked round the corner into this huge crowd of 10 or 15,000 people going mental as the sun came up. It was absolutely wicked.

 

 

Ark Mixes

Here is the full current list of all of the available mixes from Ark. If you haev nythign not on here, drop us a line.

Ark 2nd Birthday Town And Country Leeds 19th June 1993    DJ CJ Bolland
Ark 2nd Birthday Town And Country Leeds 19th June 1993    DJ Gary Norman And Mark Holliday Part 1
Ark 2nd Birthday Town And Country Leeds 19th June 1993    DJ Gary Norman And Mark Holliday Part 2
Ark 2nd Birthday Town And Country Leeds 19th June 1993    DJ Rob Tissera Part 1
Ark 2nd Birthday Town And Country Leeds 19th June 1993    DJ Rob Tissera Part 2
Ark 2nd Birthday Town And Country Leeds 19th June 1993    DJ Sy
Ark 2nd Birthday Town And Country Leeds 19th June 1993    DJ Welly
Ark 2nd Birthday Town And Country Leeds 19th June 1993     DJ Vertigo And Welly And MC Rush Part 2
Ark 4th Feb Spring 1995    DJ Rob Tissera Part 1
Ark 4th Feb Spring 1995    DJ Rob Tissera Part 2
Ark 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark 1993/4    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark 1994    DJ Ian Ossia
Ark 1994    DJ Luvdup
Ark All Nighter Town And Country Leeds 10th April 1993    DJ Frank De Wulf
Ark All Nighter Town And Country Leeds 10th April 1993    DJ Slipmatt
Ark All Nighter Town And Country Leeds 10th April 1993    DJ Sy
Ark All Nighter Town And Country Leeds 10th April 1993     DJ Rob Tissera And DJ Iyamede
Ark And Cream Leeds Uni 24th Feb 1996    DJ Carl Cox
Ark And Cream Leeds Uni 24th Feb 1996     DJ Carl Cox Part 1
Ark And Cream Leeds Uni 24th Feb 1996     DJ Carl Cox Part 2
Ark And Cream Leeds Uni 24th Feb 1996     DJ Rob Tissera
Ark And Cream Leeds Uni 24th Feb 1996     DJ Sy
Ark And Fantazia Palace Blackpool 26th Dec 1994    DJ Excel
Ark And Fantazia Palace Blackpool 26th Dec 1994    DJ Loftgroover
Ark And Fantazia Palace Blackpool 26th Dec 1994    DJ Slipmatt
Ark And Fantazia Palace Blackpool 26th Dec 1994    DJ Stu Allan
Ark And Fantazia Palace Blackpool 26th Dec 1994    DJ Sy
Ark And Fantazia Ritzy Leeds 28th August 1995    DJ Anne Savage
Ark And Fantazia Ritzy Leeds 28th August 1995    DJ Luvdup
Ark And Fantazia Ritzy Leeds 28th August 1995    DJ Peer
Ark And Fantazia Ritzy Leeds 28th August 1995    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark and Fantazia Ritzy Leeds 28th August 1995    DJ Sy
Ark And Fantazia Ritzy Leeds 28th August 1995    DJ Tony De Vit
Ark And Fantazia Ritzy Leeds 28th August 1995    DJ Top Buzz
Ark And Life Palace Blackpool 17th April 1995    DJ Bowa
Ark And Life Palace Blackpool 17th April 1995    DJ John Waddicker
Ark And Life Palace Blackpool 17th April 1995    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark And Life Palace Blackpool 17th April 1995    DJ Sy
Ark And Life Palace Blackpool 17th April 1995    DJ Sy
Ark And Life Palace Blackpool 17th April 1995    DJ Vertigo And Anne Savage
Ark And The Orbit Corn Exchange Leeds 22nd Aug 1992    DJ Dave Angel
Ark And The Orbit Corn Exchange Leeds 22nd Aug 1992    DJ Jon E Bloc
Ark And The Orbit Corn Exchange Leeds 22nd Aug 1992    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark And The Orbit Corn Exchange Leeds 22nd Aug 1992    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark And The Orbit Corn Exchange Leeds 22nd Aug 1992    DJ Rob Tissera And Paul Oakenfold
Ark And The Orbit Corn Exchange Leeds 22nd Aug 1992    DJ Unknown
Ark And Universe Leeds Uni 25th June 1994    DJ Craig Campbell
Ark And Universe Leeds Uni 25th June 1994    DJ Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin
Ark And Universe Leeds Uni 25th June 1994    DJ Mike E Bloc
Ark And Universe Leeds Uni 25th June 1994    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark And Universe Leeds Uni 25th June 1994    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Autumn Studio Mix Sep 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Breakfast Club Leeds Poly 20th March 1992    DJ Carl Cox Part 1
Ark Breakfast Club Leeds Poly 20th March 1992    DJ Carl Cox Part 2
Ark Corn Exchange Leeds 31st July 1993    DJ Dave Seaman And Ian Ossia
Ark Corn Exchange Leeds 31st July 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Corn Exchange Leeds 31st July 1993    DJ Vertigo
Ark Corn Exchange Leeds 31st July 1993    DJ Welly
Ark Corn Exchange Leeds 31st July 1993 wrong date    DJ Paul Oakenfold
Ark Hi Flyers Leeds Xmas 20th Dec 1992    DJ Vertigo And Gary Norman
Ark Hi-Flyers Leeds Xmas 19th Dec 1992    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Lancashire Preston Uni 5th Nov 1994    DJ Sasha
Ark Lancashire Preston Uni 5th Nov 1994    DJ Sasha Part 1
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston     DJ Ewan Cawood
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 1st May 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 1st May 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 1st May 1993    DJ Vertigo
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 1st May 1993    DJ Welly
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 1st May 1993     DJ John Jepson
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 1st May 1993     DJ Shack
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 1st May 1993 DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 5th Nov 1994    DJ Anne Savage
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 11th June 1994    DJ Graeme Park
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 11th June 1994    DJ John Digweed
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 11th June 1994    DJ Judge Jules and Anne Savage
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 12th June 1993    DJ Craig And Welly And MC Rush Part 1
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 12th June 1993    DJ Ewan Cawood
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 12th June 1993    DJ Rob Tissera And MC Rush Part 2
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 12th June 1993    DJ Vertigo
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 19th March 1994    DJ Ewan Cawood
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 19th March 1994    DJ Ewan Cawood
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 19th March 1994    DJ Farley Jackmaster Funk
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 19th March 1994    DJ Farley Jackmaster Funk
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 19th March 1994    DJ Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 19th March 1994    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 19th March 1994    DJ Vertigo
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 27th March 1993    DJ Christian Woodyatt
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 27th March 1993    DJ Ian Ossia
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 27th March 1993    DJ Welly Part 1
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 27th March 1993    DJ Welly Part 2
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 27th Nov 1993    DJ Parks And Wilson
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 27th Nov 1993    DJ Paul Taylor and Ewan Cawood
Ark Lancashire Uni Preston 27th Nov 1993    DJ Vertigo And Rob Tissera
Ark Last Ever Leeds Uni 22nd Feb 1997    DJ Anne Savage
Ark Last Ever Leeds Uni 22nd Feb 1997    DJ Rob Tissera Part 1
Ark Last Ever Leeds Uni 22nd Feb 1997    DJ Rob Tissera Part 2
Ark Last Ever Leeds Uni 22nd Feb 1997    DJ Sy Part 1
Ark Last Ever Leeds Uni 22nd Feb 1997    DJ Sy Part 2
Ark Leeds 1st Sep 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds 1993    DJ Nigel Walker Part 1
Ark Leeds 1993    DJ Nigel Walker Part 2
Ark Leeds 1995    DJ Rob Tissera And Anne Savage Part 1
Ark Leeds 1995    DJ Rob Tissera And Anne Savage Part 2
Ark Leeds Poly 7th Dec 1991    DJ Gary Norman
Ark Leeds Poly 7th Dec 1991    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Poly 8th Nov 1991    DJ Dave Seaman
Ark Leeds Poly 8th Nov 1991    DJ Mark Holliday Side 1
Ark Leeds Poly 8th Nov 1991    DJ Mark Holliday Side 2
Ark Leeds Poly 11th July 1992    DJ Leafy
Ark Leeds Poly 11th July 1992    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Poly 11th July 1992    DJ Rob Tissera Part 2
Ark Leeds Poly 11th July 1992    DJ Tony Walker
Ark Leeds Poly 11th July 1992    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Poly 11th July 1992    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Poly 11th July 1992     DJ Vertigo And Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Poly 11th July 1992      DJ Vertigo Part 1
Ark Leeds Poly 11th Oct 1991    DJ Dave Seaman
Ark Leeds Poly 11th Oct 1991    DJ Gary Norman Part 1
Ark Leeds Poly 11th Oct 1991    DJ Mark Holliday
Ark Leeds Poly 12th June 1992    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Poly 12th June 1992 Mark 2    DJ Rob Tissera And MC Motormouth
Ark Leeds Poly 18th April 1992    DJ Gary Norman
Ark Leeds Poly 18th April 1992    DJ Gary Norman And Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Poly 18th April 1992    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Poly 20th Nov 1992    DJ Steve Williams Side 1
Ark Leeds Poly 20th Nov 1992    DJ Steve Williams Side 2
Ark Leeds Poly 23rd July 1994    DJ Ewan Cawood And Curtis Zack
Ark Leeds Poly 23rd July 1994    DJ Phil Faversham Part 1
Ark Leeds Poly 23rd July 1994    DJ Phil Faversham Part 2
Ark Leeds Poly 23rd July 1994     DJ Anne Savage And Ian Ossia
Ark Leeds Poly 25th August 1992    DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Poly 25th August 1992    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Poly 25th Sept 1992    DJ Martin Gee
Ark Leeds Poly 25th Sept 1992    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Poly 25th Sept 1992    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Poly 25th Sept 1992     DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Poly 26th July 1991     DJ Gary Norman
Ark Leeds Poly 27th Nov 1992    DJ Jon E Bloc And Martin Gee
Ark Leeds Poly 27th Nov 1992    DJ Vertigo And Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Poly 27th Nov 1992    DJ Vertigo And Rob Tissera Part 1
Ark Leeds Poly 27th Nov 1992    DJ Vertigo And Rob Tissera Part 2
Ark Leeds Poly 28th Feb 1992    DJ Zammo And Steve Williams
Ark Leeds Poly Around 1992     DJ Ali Cooke
Ark Leeds Poly Around 1992     DJ Ali Cooke
Ark Leeds Uni 1st July 1995    DJ Anne Savage
Ark Leeds Uni 1st July 1995    DJ Carl Cox
Ark Leeds Uni 1st July 1995    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 1st July 1995    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Uni 2nd Dec 1995    DJ Carl Cox Part 1
Ark Leeds Uni 2nd Dec 1995    DJ Carl Cox Part 2
Ark Leeds Uni 2nd Dec 1995    DJ Paul Bleasdale And Anne Savage Part 1
Ark Leeds Uni 2nd Dec 1995    DJ Paul Bleasdale And Anne Savage Part 2
Ark Leeds Uni 2nd Dec 1995    DJ Peer
Ark Leeds Uni 2nd Dec 1995    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 4th Dec 1993    DJ Parks And Wilson
Ark Leeds Uni 4th Dec 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 4th Dec 1993    DJ Rocky And Diesel
Ark Leeds Uni 4th Dec 1993    DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Uni 4th Dec 1993    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Uni 4th May 1996    DJ Anne Savage And Ian Ossia
Ark Leeds Uni 4th May 1996    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 4th May 1996    DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Uni 6th May 1995    DJ Ewan Cawood And Vertigo
Ark Leeds Uni 6th May 1995    DJ Luvdup
Ark Leeds Uni 6th May 1995    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 8th Nov 1991     DJ Gary Norman
Ark Leeds Uni 8th Oct 1994    DJ Anne Savage
Ark Leeds Uni 8th Oct 1994    DJ Ewan Cawood
Ark Leeds Uni 8th Oct 1994    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 8th Oct 1994    DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Uni 12th Feb 1994    DJ Carl Cox Part 1
Ark Leeds Uni 12th Feb 1994    DJ Carl Cox Part 2
Ark Leeds Uni 12th Feb 1994    DJ Ewan Cawood
Ark Leeds Uni 12th Feb 1994    DJ Paul Taylor
Ark Leeds Uni 12th Feb 1994    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 12th Feb 1994    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Uni 14th Oct 1995    DJ Anne Savage
Ark Leeds Uni 14th Oct 1995    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 14th Oct 1995    DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Uni 14th Oct 1995     DJ Luvdup
Ark Leeds Uni 15th May 1993    DJ Jumping Jack Frost
Ark Leeds Uni 15th May 1993    DJ Ratty
Ark Leeds Uni 15th May 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 15th May 1993     DJ Juan Magic Atkins
Ark Leeds Uni 15th May 1993     DJ Stu Allan
Ark Leeds Uni 15th May 1993     DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Uni 16th Oct 1993    DJ Ian Ossia
Ark Leeds Uni 16th Oct 1993    DJ Mr C
Ark Leeds Uni 16th Oct 1993    DJ Parks And Wilson
Ark Leeds Uni 16th Oct 1993    DJ Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 16th Oct 1993    DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Uni 16th Oct 1993    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Uni 16th Oct 1993    DJ Vertigo And Rob Tissera
Ark Leeds Uni 18th Feb 1995    DJ Anne Savage
Ark Leeds Uni 18th Feb 1995    DJ Sy
Ark Leeds Uni 18th Feb 1995    DJ Vertigo
Ark Leeds Uni 23rd April 1994    DJ Carl Cox Part 1
Ark Leeds Uni 23rd April 1994    DJ Carl Cox Part 2
Ark Leeds Uni 23rd April 1994    DJ Ewan Cawood
Ark Leeds Uni 23rd April 1994    DJ Ian Ossia
Ark Leeds Uni 23rd April 1994    DJ John Digweed
Ark Leeds Uni 23rd April 1994    DJ Vertigo
Ark May 1993    DJ Vertigo Part 2
Ark May 1993     DJ Vertigo Part 1
Ark Studio Sessions Volume 2 Summer 1993    DJ Sy
Ark Studio Set August 1994     DJ Sy
Ark Sugar House Lancaster 20th Oct 1995    DJ Allister Whitehead
Ark Sugar House Lancaster 20th Oct 1995    DJ Anne Savage
Ark Techno Volume 1 Spring 1993    DJ Unknown
Ark Techno Volume 2 Summer 1993    DJ Unknown
Ark Techno Volume 3    DJ Unknown
Ark Town And Country Leeds 6th Feb 1993    DJ Vertigo
Ark Town And Country Leeds 6th Feb 1993     DJ Frank De Wulf Part 1
Ark Town And Country Leeds 6th Feb 1993     DJ Frank De Wulf Part 2
Ark Volume 1 Ark?    DJ Rob Tissera

Ark Recordings Complete Discography

Complete discography of Ark Recordings. Only 4 tunes, but each one an immense hands in the breakbeat house stormer.

https://www.discogs.com/label/29461-Ark-Recordings

Flipped Out Everybody Is Somebody(12″) ARK 004 1993
Flipped Out Basstab / Love Bomb(12″) ARK 02119203 1992
L-Dopa Better Daze(12″) ARK 12099201 1992
P.P. Orange My Feelings(12″) ARK 12099202 1992

Note that the mix tapes from the Ark events were never classified as Ark Recordings releases.

Flipped Out ‎– Everybody Is Somebody

Ark Recordings ‎– ARK 004
Released: 1993

 

A1 Everybody Is Somebody (Just Belive Mix)
A2 Everybody Is Somebody (Double Explosion Helicopter Buzz)
Thisside
AA1 Everybody Is Somebody (P.P. Orange Mix)

Mixed By – J. Farrell, K. Walsh, P.P. Orange

AA2 Everybody Is Somebody (Original Mix)
A Everybody Is Somebody (Carpe Diem’s Eddie Lock ‘N’ Dylan)

Remix – Carpe Diem

AA1 Everybody Is Somebody (Original)
AA2 Everybody Is Somebody (Kirk)

 

Flipped Out ‎– Basstab / Love Bomb

Ark Recordings ‎– ARK 02119203

Released: Nov 1992

A1 Basstab (Power House)

Remix, Other [Rearranged By] – Flipped Out, Rob Tissera

A2 Basstab (Original)

Mixed By – Flipped Out

AA1 Love Bomb (Rob Tissera Mix)

Remix, Other [Rearranged By] – Flipped Out, Rob Tissera

AA2 Love Bomb (02:05 Mix)

L-Dopa ‎– Better Daze

Ark Recordings ‎– ARK 12099201
Released: Sep 1992

A1 Better Daze (Full Steam Ahead Mix)
A2 Better Daze (Perfect Beat)
B1 Better Daze (Rub A Dub)
B2 Better Daze (Rub A Dub Dub)

P.P. Orange ‎– My Feelings
Ark Recordings ‎– ARK 12099202
Released:Sep 1992

A My Feelings (Original Mix)
B1 My Feelings (Shake Your Booty)
B2 My Feelings (Rhythm)

The Worst Mix of all time?

This might be the worse set of all time, and we normally like Loftgroover full on gabba.
The first half is rubbish hard trance/gabba and we only recognise the 2nd track – Bass X – Hardcore Creators, then at 32 mins he swaps to boring garage.
its hard to believe anyone likes this tape.  must have been confusing on the actual night. its like he realised noone there liked gabba and all else he had was the worst kind of dull us sounding housey garage.   Imagine is this was your first ever rave, you’d be off to the local indie club like a shot.
To top it off there’s also some lame and too loud MCing (from the normally reliable MC Rush and MC MC).  Plus the mixing is cack.

Post up any other rubbish mixes in the comments.

As a ying to this yang, check out The Greatest mix of all time