The 80’s laid the foundations for electronic music as we still listen to and experience it in clubs. When the classic Disco era crashed, the creative minds that did not want to abandon club music gathered and continued the tradition in different directions, freed from commercial boom necessities. Whoever spent their formative years at that time had not only the privilege of being able to directly follow and shape the defining styles of dance music until the end of the decade, they also witnessed how in the 90’s these proceedings led to House and Techno, and all the connected styles that followed suit. Meaning everything that still rules the floor.
In the youthful years spent in the nightlife of his hometown Hamburg, Boris Dlugosch was right in the middle of those groundbreaking events, as he moved from being a drummer in a heavy metal band to Italo Disco enthusiast, only to quickly embrace whatever was played and celebrated in the clubs. There was particularly one club to play a pivotal role, the seminal Front, where since 1983 the no less seminal DJ Klaus Stockhausen masterfully pulled all the stops. All the origins of today’s electronic music were present, ranging from Electro Funk to Hi-NRG, Italo Disco, New Wave, Synth Pop and the first House Records, and were dropped much earlier and much more effectively than in the rest of Europe, and a knowledgeable crowd paid their dues with relentless hedonism. In 1986, at the age of 16, Boris Dlugosch already started his DJ career right there, and he soon proved that he learnt the lessons from his mentor Stockhausen, but he also proved that he had enough talent to develop his own signature. And the according sound was House.
In only a few years House went through considerable changes, and Boris Dlugosch was one of the first DJs outside the US who not only played what happened, but also determined it. From the pioneering Chicago days to Acid House, to the Techno blueprints made in Detroit and the UK later on a whole lot had happened, but from 1991 on Dlugosch concentrated on US Deep and Garage House, showing a drive that particularly in Germany was beyond par. He knew the dynamics the music needed to function at the Front club, and to achieve that he displayed an impressive array of mixing skills that soon set him apart even from the American DJs. Hardly anybody performed acapellas, Dub and vocal versions with such virtuosity, and hardly anybody could hold up with the tempo with which he, as sole resident of the night, raised the most obscure Underground imports to anthem status. As soon as he entered the booth he reduced everything to rubble, and his crowd loved his sets that lasted for hours, filled with skillfully arranged breaks in styles and moods. Even at that time, it became clear that he had what it takes to influence a whole generation to lasting effects, and thus he did.