Monsoon & Dreamwurx
Name: Pete Glennon & Gary Horner
Location: Halifax / Brighouse
Biggest musical achievement: Being Signed To FFRR, Featuring on various Ministry Of Sound / Pete Tong / Clubland CD’S, Receiving a gold disc for Dreamon ‘The Beat’, Being played on Radio 1 by Pete Tong & Judge Jules, Writing the theme to a TV show ‘UK Uncovered’, Having our tune remixed By Ferry Corsten & Kevin Reese Saunderson.
Best song you’ve created in your opinion: Get On The Source
Musical influences: Shaun Imrei, Klubbheads and all the 90s uplifting house / Piano tunes
Bio: They met when Gary was working & doing the dance vinyl buying at Bradleys Records in Halifax. Pete had already made a name for himself as a DJ locally, so when a job came up at the shop he was asked if he would like it. Using their combined knowledge they succesfully ran the dance music side till the shop closed in 2006.
One of their regular customers was Shaun Imrei (Terrorize / Bassheads / Elevation). After striking up a friendship with him and seeing the success he was having at the time they decided to have a go themselves, putting all the money they had into buying Atari ST’s and other equipment to be able to start making their own music.
They remixed Terrorize’s ‘Its Just A Feeling’ for the re-release for Shaun. They also had a track signed to Hamster Records which never came out as the label went bust before the release. Their big break was in 1995 when a tune they made ‘Dreamon – The Beat’ found its way to Simon Marlin (Shapeshifters) via a demo tape, who signed it to his new record label Downboy. With the help of a remix from another local DJ Eddie Skratch, it became an underground hit & caught the attention of Pete Tong who signed it for his FFRR Label.
‘Dreamon – The Beat’ was inspired by Klubbheads – Klubbhopping, and came out on vinyl and was put on two ‘Pete Tong Essential Selection’ Cd’s and two ‘Ministry Of Sound Dance Nation’ Cd’s. The money made from that was then put into building a better studio. They started making their own white label remixes which included a version of Cameo’s ‘Word Up’ which made its way to Judge Jules who played it on his Radio 1 show.
In 1999, inspired by the Klubbheads ‘Kickin Hard’, and their remix of the Vengaboys, they decided to make a tune in a similar style to that but putting their own stamp on it. At the time there were only a couple of other tunes to use the donk bass but they were in a more hard house style. Their influences were more uplifting piano & house vocal tunes of the 90s, so they decided to mash up the donk with a full vocal & a catchy rap like the Klubbheads did with Kickin Hard. They came up with ‘Everybody Dance’. At the time they hadn’t heard anything like it with a full uplifting vocal, and hard house was massive so they didn’t know how it would do. They made a funky house tune for the b side hoping that if people didn’t like the a side they’d buy it for the b side.
Mark Aldrich had become a friend through the distribution company he worked for and had the finances to put into starting up a record label. It started off as white labels but eventually became Pump Records. Pete had already worked on a couple of tunes for the label with Mark as Aldrich & Glennon including ‘Whatever’ which did really well, but ‘Everybody Dance’ was a sign of things to come. It sold the 1000 pressed, and was followed by ‘Splashed’. ‘If I Make U Mine’ got them known in other areas like Wigan where bounce was blowing up.
Their style was established by now so ‘Everyday’ followed, then their biggest & most succesful tune ‘Get On The Source’.
The rest is history…