DJ Hell at "Direct Drive" Chicago. 1997

    Next up is DJ Hell set. The tape says it was around the 2AM hour. This was by no means Hell's first or last party in Chicago. Based in Germany, Hell has been through Punk, New wave, Hip hop, House, Techno, Electro, Electroclash and back again! One of his first singles "My definition of house music" became a huge club hit when it was reissued on Belgium's R&S records in 1992. I was one of the MC'S for this show and when I introduced Hell I called him the "German Cowboy" over the system because of his stance while mixing (Riding the decks) and his long sleeve button down shirts he would wear. After his set, He was talking to the promoter and asked who introduced him on stage. I thought the worst but when he asked how I knew they called called him that in Europe, I was at a loss for word's and was picking my stomach up from off the floor. This mix goes in and out of house and techno. Classic tracks on these sets are Josh Winks "Are you there", Jeff Mills "The bells", Laurent Garnier "Crispy bacon", Basement Jaxx's "Fly life" Gusto's "Disco's revenge", Daft Punks " Phoenix and Dave Angels remix of Ken Ishii's "Overlap".  Originally I posted this mix from an 90 minute cassette tape that I had but after words I got a hold of the full two hour Dat tapes from the show and thought why not put it out as it was recorded. So here it is the way it was that night!

DJ Hell during his set.

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Special thanks to Clark Terry for capturing and letting us use the pictures from the night.

Hope this finds you all well. Cheers!

Gus Audio.


  1. Man! I remember this set! When Disco's Revenge came in, I didn't think it could get any better . . . that is, until "Fly Life" came in. I was in Rave-Heaven!!!

    Thanks for posting these!

  2. Thanks for the comment's Glad you found the site!

  3. Gus Audio - Great Job. I luved to hear that bumpin house tunes and hypnotic detroit! Do you have a playlist for this beautiful set or could you remember some more tunes or even another dj hell set from this time?
    Thanks in Advance

  4. Hey tswsg, It would take me awhile to get the play list together. Alot of this music I've heard before but would never be able to name the tracks. As far as other Hell set's, I'm working on posting Hell's set from Helloween in Chicago, 1997. If you click on the fanpage tab above and become an fan on the page you can see the whole line up on the flyer in the classic flyer's album. Thanks for your comment's!

  5. hi again, sorry i'm not on facebook but I'll check your site frequently from now on!

    As a hughe dj hell fan it would be damn amazing to hear the helloween set from 1997, since that year he had a great collection of techno and house wax on his wheels of steel :-)

    I also remeber a DVD-Movie about Dj Hell
    called "Freakshow" showing parts of his USA Tour in the year 1997 (not to sure about the exact time). On this tour Hell was e.g. playing in a Disco with people on inlineskates :-).

    I also remeber a few tracks from the 1997 set. If you have a bit time, we could complete it together. Must have been an amazing festival with hell and saunderson :-).

    Cheers from Dresden, Germany

  6. Tgwsg,
    I'm the promoter that put together the gigs in Chicago with Hell, I had Hell out on 3 seperate gigs. Also Richard Bartz on 3 occasions as well twice with Hell once in Los Angeles. I have all of these recordings shoot me an email addy and I'll send you the recordings once I pull them off tape.

    Armin Gent
    Direct Drive Ent.
    Chicago/Los Angeles

  7. Hey Armin, Thank you so much for your efforts!!!
    You'd make me so happy with some more oldschool hell sets. My E-mail-address:

    THANKS in Advance!
    cheers from Germany,

  8. waiting for hell ... :-)

  9. still waiting for more hell pleaseeeee :)