Check out these five great Tony De Vit mixes

Tony De Vit, a pioneering figure in the hard house/trance genre, passed away on July 2, 1998, at the age of just 40 – having played a crucial role in shaping the UK club scene during the mid to late 90s.

De Vit gained recognition as a DJ at popular gay clubs Heaven and Trade, where he successfully introduced his Hi-NRG influenced sound to a wider audience. Tracks such as Burning Up, Are You All Ready? and The Dawn – the last of which was released posthumously – remain hard house classics to this day.

Furthermore, De Vit played a pivotal role in the debut of the renowned Global Underground series. The label upstart Boxed approached him as the first choice for Global Underground GU001 Live in Tel Aviv, a groundbreaking release in 1996. A year later, he followed up with the fifth instalment of the series, Global Underground GU005: Tokyo.

Commenting on his passing back in 1998, NME said that De Vit “was responsible for a real revolution in clubland. It was his phenomenal mixing ability and ability to ‘read’ a dancefloor that took the ferociously hard and fast ‘nu energy’ techno sound out of the London gay scene and onto the straight dancefloors of Britain and the world.”

Here are five classic Tony De Vit mixes from over the years.

Tony De Vit – Trade Volume One (1995)

Featured in a double pack with a mix from Malcolm Duffy, Tony takes no prisoners with tracks from the Moving Melodies, Bonzai Records and Jump Wax labels, rounding off with Sigma 2’s storming The Controller.


Tony De Vit – Pure Regression Live In Ibiza (1997)

Tony brings his idiosyncratic sound to the White Isle, with devastating results. Includes the Baby Doc mix of N.R.G’s classic Never Lost His Hardcore.


Tony De Vit – Transmission (1994)

Tracks from Josh Wink, Leftfield, 99th Floor Elevators, Artemnesia and Asha’ J.J. Tribute feature in this promo mix from 1994.


Tony De Vit – Dreamscape 20 (9 September 1995)

It’s all killer no filler in this mix from the Progress arena at Dreamscape 20, which took place at Brafield Aerodrome in September 1995 – huge tracks from Felix, OT Quarter, Indica, DOP and a Tony De Vit remix of Xpansions – Move Your Body all feature.


Tony De Vit – BBC Essential Mix (8 January 1995)

With tracks from Patrick Print, Force Mass Motion, JX, Mrs Wood and Marmion’s epic Schöneberg, this Essential Mix sees Tony blend a myriad of genres seamlessly – a powerful way to usher in 1995. This mix was recently repeated on BBC Radio One to mark the 25th anniversary of his passing.


Read More: Tony De Vit: “Once I get into a club and people are going beserk, there’s no other feeling like it.” [January 1997]

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