This show was 69th in the global techno chart.
So I first went to Trade in 1997. I was 17 years old and a ‘bedroom’ DJ of a few years. There would always be 4 of us who went together; myself, my friends Matthew and Paul and my brother Adam.
I was playing at the Chunnel Club in Vauxhall most weekends at that point, where I went on to later be a resident alongside Tony Price and Steve Thomas and it’s safe to say that Trade was monumental in terms of carving my musical taste and mixing style. After a can of red bull and a banana in the car for brekkie, that initial excitement of even just getting in was unreal, then walking down that twisty staircase, being hit with the warmth and sweat of a million bodies going mental under that insane lighting rig. Then the musical progression from Malcolm Duffy into Steve Thomas, Tony de Vit and then Ian M and the wicked Wardman was just an incredible, unique experience and I adored every single second of it. I hope anyone listening to this enjoys it! BIG LOVE TRADE PEOPLE!! Matt x