I still have a really old tape recorded from the radio, i think it was my first exposure to jungle. School was full of Technics jackets and i started to become aware of friends tickering with music on Amigas, a couple of which did alright out of it.
I remember going to United Dance sometime in the 90s, the 2 main rooms were alternating Hardcore and Jungle all night but it soon became apparent that hardcore was losing favour to the dnb. I went with about 5 mates and we were all well underage and baby faced and it was the beginning of us ruining our lives lighting up, double dropping and eventually burning out. Still i wouldnt change it.
Andy C probably changed everything...maybe not but i just remember the massive shift into darker, fuller sounding production although it has to be said Optical - To Shape the Future remix was probably one of my favorite tunes. I must have gone to every Warning @ the Junction in Cambridge for about 10 years but after a while it started to repeat every year, one month would be Formation, one would be RAM, Bad Company etc. A couple of lads i knew at college went on to become Commix and signed with Metalheadz. Eventually the few good record shops in town struggled to survive and one of my friends (surplus)caused a massive issue by playing a record he had cut after splicing the parts of recordings together in order to get hold of a tune before it was released, only for its author Ray Keith be at the night and go fucking mental with Mampi Swift for backup edit might have been the other way round, around the time of 'Trippin' - that was a night called Breakage and the venue had its own climate, it would get so sweaty it would rain indoors. In the end i feel like the overuse of bass kick build ups/fills and the arrival of Pendulum kind of killed the scene for many of us and i started to realise i was an old dude in the middle of a load of kids and started to tune in more with Techno.