Today, 12 September, would have been Tony de Vit’s 61st birthday.
The myriad of events taking place this past July, marking 20 years since the hard dance maestro’s passing, was a sign of just how much de Vit influenced the clubbing scene we know today.
A few months before his untimely death at the age of just 40, Mixmag caught up with de Vit at the start of what looked to be a promising 1998 for the Kidderminster native.
As interviewer Mark White (somewhat poignantly) asks, what would de Vit do if everybody decided to stop dancing to ‘nu-NRG’ (latterly known as hard house) over the coming year?
“Hopefully if they had moved on to something else, it’s because I had moved them with me,” de Vit responds.
“At the moment, it’s getting faster, chunkier and harder, which suits me down to the ground. But if it changes… as long as I’m there changing it.”
[Article snippet taken from Mixmag, January 1998]