A piece of clubbing history: John Digweed Renaissance Demo: 14/07/1992

We’re HUGE fans of Jon Digweed so when we came past piece of clubbing history shared by Renaissance, we instantly had to share it with you. This post serves as one of the greatest moments in dance music history, the emergence of DJ JD aka John Digweed.

On this exact date, 25 years ago, I received a demo in the post from a completely unknown DJ that Dan Prince, then editor of Mixmag, had told to send it to me… I know it was this date, as it was a Saturday morning before Renaissance that night. I had listened to this demo 5/6 times during the day – and again on the way to the club that night. I knew I’d found something special the moment I heard the mix between the first 2 tracks on the B side of that tape!

After Renaissance that night, as often happened, Sasha came back to my house the next morning… I told him I’d found a DJ who I thought was amazing, and went on to play him the tape. He too was blown away! The only writing on the tape was ‘DJ JD’ and a phone number, so I called John after the weekend and told him I loved the tape and wanted him to play at the club, but I told him I wouldn’t put ‘DJ JD’ on the flyers as it sounded like a rave DJ and instead wanted to bill him as John Digweed. I booked his first date on Saturday 5th September 1992 – and spent 4 weeks before his debut gig telling everyone I’d discovered this amazing DJ – and, of course, he didn’t disappoint!! The whole club was blown away by the talent on show on his first night, and I then started to regularly pair him with Sasha at Renaissance, ahead of that iconic mix compilation, 2 yrs later, that took the S&D partnership global… so here’s the mixtape that started it all, a piece of clubbing history and a significant footnote in Renaissance’s history and in the career of one of the world’s finest DJs! ??

If that didn’t give you goosebumps, then this surely will… Tracklist below the mix:

Side A
01. Seventh Sense – Get The Music (Himalayan Dub)
02. Age of Love – The Age of Love (Sign of the Times Mix)
03. Frontier Man – Express-It Thru The Dance
04. Fire Island – Fire Island
05. Yothu Yindi – Treaty (K-Klass Stripped Down Mix)
06. East 17 – House Of love (Wet Nose Dub)
07. Mombassa – Cry Freedom
08. Brothers Love Dubs – Mighty Ming
09. Kym Sims – A Little Bit More (Uncle Bob’s Full Pounder)
10. Erasure – Take A Chance On Me (Take A Trance On Me Mix)

Side B
01. En Masse – Feel The Mantra (Vox Mix)
02. Zener – My Vision E.P – My Vision Is Clear
03. Thomson Twins – Play With Me (Jane)(Dubwash Mix)
04. Drum Club – U Make Me Feel So Good (Deep N Hard Mix)
05. Double FM – The Sound Of Amnesia (Original Dub Mix)
06. Havanna – Schtoom (Kuba Mix)
07. The African juice – Love Me
08. Slackjaw – Drive My Body (Maserati mix)
09. Space Master – I Need You (Master Mix)
10. Ramirez – Hablando (Acordeón Mix)
11. Eagles Prey – Tonto’s Drum

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