The Dave Pearce Dance Years launched last weekend on BBC Radio 2. Bringing a tear to the eye of dance fans up and down the country, for this first show Dave unearthed a brilliant range of classics from 1992, including tracks by artists like Supernature, N-Trance, Sunscreem, C&C Music Factoy and even Sesame’s Treet. Click here to listen on BBC iPlayer.
“For the last two years on BBC 6,” he says, “I’ve been making specials with acts like Frankie Knuckles, Groove Armada, Goldie, Faithless and Moby, and I rediscovered a lot of great old tracks that just don’t seem to get played anymore. As dance music has come of age, I think it’s really interesting to look back at some of the early pioneering records that shaped the journey of dance music and inspired some of our greatest DJs and producers.”
Jeff Smith, Head of Music at Radio 2 says: “A large portion of the Radio 2 audience have grown up with disco, soul and house music and Dave’s wealth of knowledge and heritage in this genre place him perfectly to provide a new dance show for Radio 2.”
Dave Pearce is one of the UK’s most in demand DJs, living and breathing dance music since childhood. Once described by Heat magazine as “The Peoples DJ” he’s worked tirelessly to share his passion for dance music with as many people as possible. He devised, created and presented one of BBC Radio 1’s most popular radio shows Dance Anthems, has sold over 1 million compilation albums, presented shows on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 music. In 1996, he created the first ever dance show for the 140 million listeners to the BBC World service, presented shows on ITV1 and MTV and currently performs in clubs worldwide.
He launched his own label Nulife recordings with BMG and scored numerous hit records including the No 1 Rui Da Silva ‘Touch me,’ Ian Van Dahl ‘Castles in the Sky’ and even turned Victoria Beckham into a UK garage star with her No 2 Truesteppers collaboration ‘Outta your Mind.’
“If dance music has played a part in your life,” Dave concludes, “this show is for you. Whether you swapped the dance-floor for your living room, 30, 20, or 10 years ago and have become a stay at home raver or you’re still going out and want to find out what you missed from previous generations – this show is for you.”
Don’t miss this weekend’s show – which goes back to ’88. Ride on Time, baby.