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DJ Sy - Profile

DJ Sy (real name Simon) has been on the happy  hardcore scene for a long time.      He became interested in Hip Hop and scratching whilst at school and spent a long time perfecting his DJing.    DJ SY was a student in Nottingham during the Acid House days and following college decided to stay in the city.   He was DJing professionally in clubs from around 1989 with a mixture of hip-hop, soul and house.    He gained a residency around 1990 at the Nottingham club Venus.  

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The night became legendary across the region and lead to his name growing and bookings at other venues.    He reputation was established as the 'Scratchmaster', from there he went on to play at many of the big raves including Fantazia and Obsession.

As well as DJing SY co-owns a studio in Aldershot, Hampshire, and formed his own record label Quosh Records in 1994.  This went on to be one of the hardcore scenes most prolific labels.   Partnered by DJ Unknown, Sy has created some of the best selling tunes - amongst which is the remix of "Discoland", and the ground breaking "Bring Me Round To Love".

The pairing have produced prolifically across all dance music styles, and have had chart hits with garage music.   They produce records under various pseudonyms in many other styles including  Breaks, Drum & Bass and House scenes.

Official Dj Sy Biography

Sy started djing professionally in 1989 playing hip-hop, soul and house. He gained a residency at a nightclub called Venus in Nottingham in 1990 whilst still at university. The night became legendary, and because of this he was booked at events all over the Midlands, such as Nemesis in Leicester, Amnesia in Coventry, Time in Birmingham and at The Eclipse (the ravers’ mecca!)

Having gained a name as a Dj with a style of mixing that was unique to the newly born rave scene, other promoters such as Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, Obsession, Fantasia, Interdance and Perception included Sy on their line-ups. Club work all over the country and abroad followed and helped to establish his reputation as the “Scratchmaster”.

Sy’s individual mixing ability has maintained his popularity with ravers young and old and his infamous Old Skool sets are still in high demand. He is still one of the hardest working and in demand DJ’s on the circuit and can be found playing all over the country every weekend - his constant high quality upfront sets helped him gain the title of Hardcore Heaven’s “Hardcore Dj Of The Year” for the past 2 years in succession! Sy appears at virtually every major UK Hardcore gig, including Slammin Vinyl, Hardcore Heaven, HTID, Uproar, Dizstruxshon, Uprising, and Tasty, and more often than not graces the decks for his infamous “Power Hour” last set with MC Storm.

The hardcore scene has benefited recently from a surge in interest, with the quality and content of the music vastly improved from the lull in the late ‘90s. Together with his long-time producing partner, DJ Unknown, Sy has helped this newly found faith in hardcore, and their co-owned record label, Quosh Records, now boasts an impressive discography of over 90 releases.

The latest outlet for the boys’ talents has been Hardcore Heaven 3, released by Resist, available now from HMV & all good music retailers, featuring several recent & forthcoming Quosh Records releases. They also have a good few of their tracks featured on the latest & hugely successful Clubland X-Treme Hardcore 2 compilation, released by Universal Music.


Emotions (12") Quosh
The Rip Off E.P. - Part 2 (12") Triffik Toons
The Scratchmaster's Obsession (3xCD) Sound Dimension Recordings
Discoland (12") Quosh
Hardcore NRG (4x12") In Effect 96 (Sy & Unk... Solid State Records
Volumes 1 & 2 (Remixes) (10") Vol. 2 (Sy & Unknown R... Quosh
Follow Me (12") Follow Me (Sy Remix) UK Dance
Off Yer Nut!! (3xCD) '95 Style (Sy Mix) Smart TV
Rushtria - The Dance Paradise Album (CD) Dance Paradise (UK)
United Dance Volume 1 - 4 Beat At Its Best (2xCD) Fourbeat Records
United Dance Volume 4 (2xCD) Fourbeat Records
Ecstatic - Volume Two (2xCD) Impact

Links to Fantazia

DJ SY has performed at the following Fantazia events:

Fantazia New Year 1991
Fantazia Summertime
Fantazia Palace

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