BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.
Since 1993 BBC Radio 1 broadcasts The Essential Mix, which is a 2 hour studio pre-recorded radio show invented and produced by Eddie Gordon from the UK, who is a music journalist, producer, DJ and personality in the music business. The Essential Mix features all kinds of electronic music styles in a weekly dance mix show hosted by Pete Tong. The idea was to let the invited DJs create their essential mix based up on their musical knowledge that included not necessary strict 4 to the floor house music dance tracks, but also different styles of music for a variety in music and to let the DJ’s for a change select something else than their normal mix selections.
Classic Essential Selections by famous DJs.
Within this concept many famous DJ’s passed the revue and got invited to do The Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. This resulted in some of the most creative mixes that instantly became original mix classics in the world of Djing and electronic music. The idea of letting House / Dance music DJs playing all the music that they love instead of only house music resulted in all kinds of mixes in different genres. Examples in this are Paul Oakenfold that did an Goa Mix in 1994 that became an award winning mix selection. In 1997 DJ David Holmes did the Essential mix where he played music in from Nancy Wilson to Jimi Hendrix which reached many people that kept talking about the mix he did. in 1998 House Music producer and DJ Ashley Beedle stepped away from his daily work in House Music and created an exclusive two hour Reggae DJ mix that showed off his knowledge about the genre and got blogged as one of the best Reggae mixes ever.
Recent The Essential Mixes.
More recent works within The Essential Mix are the mixes from Cassius, Joris Voorn, Gaslamp Killer, The Chemical Brothers, the Twelves, The Avalanches, The Black Madonna to just name a few. As you see many great and big DJ names got invited to do the essential mix on BBC Radio 1. Many of these mixes become very popular. The Essential Mix Source: Wikipedia.