Download Side A – 30:43, 70.3 MB
Download Side B – 32:09, 73.6 MB
320kbps, 44.1kHz stereo
I taped this off the radio one night (CHIN 100.7FM Toronto) during the peak of exposure of electronic music, back when you were guaranteed some sort of reputable techno or cousin thereof on the airwaves at any time of day. No fun story to share about this tape. DJ Dominik was one of the members of the Canadian Hardcore Collective; a group of Torontonian DJs who hosted hardcore techno radio shows. I’d always figured Toronto Hardcore Collective would have had a more impactful acronym but what do I know.
Dominik is unquestionably a well-respected DJ due to his music, his abrupt juggles and cuts, and especially his musical tastes, specializing in Dutch-style hardcore and gabber. His style has always been very well defined – very Dominik – and no one else in the city had the records this guy had. This mix is a perfect example of what one could expect from the man at a party or club. That is, if he showed up.
I swear, I went out of my way to score tickets to perhaps 6 parties Dominik was booked at, and he showed up for the gig maybe once. I’ve also got a 4-tape continuous recording of a flustered DJ Frisky who was supposed to do a tag-team show with Dominik but he never showed up, leaving the poor chap with 6 hours of airtime and 3 hours of records. Other times I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find him spinning to an empty room, unannounced, at some club or event, leaving plenty of space for me to hop around to his bouncy basslines.
Dominik has played for crowds all over the world so perhaps his fairweather reputation doesn’t leave the city, but it’s the second trait that comes to mind after his outstanding skills. Regardless, don’t let my jaded, fuzzy recollection of trifling nightlife politics muddy your opinion of this mix. His transitions and beatmatching are terrific, he plays many gems most hardcore heads have never heard, and what you hear here is consistent with what you can expect when you see the man live. Dominik is one of Toronto’s most admired and accomplished DJs and one of the true founders of our rave scene.