The Steve Mason's Experience show on BFBS radio 1 was the show that introduced me to electronic music. Steve played new and mostly unknown tracks and shaped my music taste forever.
Ever since 2010 I tried to rebuild my old record collection. Over the years most of my 90s techno records and CDs were either sold, lost or stolen. The Steve Mason Experience show was a perfect way to start when I was looking for forgotten gems of the 90s.
I used pages like http://home.arcor.de/steve-mason/ and http://www.mixesdb.com to get track listings. But over the past years the former seems to be totally abandoned and the latter gets only minor updates. The Steve Mason Experience facebook group is also dormant. Youtube and mixcloud offer only a limited number of old Experience show recordings and recordings tend to disappear over time.
The fear that sooner or later those sources may vanish completely lead me to the decision to create a worthy archive. An archive that not only tries to get all information on one page but also enriches with discogs linking. Adding content to this page and comparing everything with discogs will take time. This archive will grow slowly but steadily. Over time more features like ratings, covershots and additional infos from corresponding issues of Frontpage or Raveline will be added.
From the 2016 perspective the Steve Mason Experience show is a piece of music history. Looking through the years of his show you can see the maturing of electronic music through the 90s. The show documents a time where everything seemed possible in Europe. Electronic music was fresh and genres were evolving. It documents the rise of the golden age of techno in Europe. And shortly after that golden age ended this show was cancelled.
While the 90s are over and will never come back this list of shows allows you to once again see how techno grew into EDM we know today. And you will be surprised how bold, innovative and fast techno used to be in the 90s.
In a time without internet
For a long time in the 90s the Saturday night ritual was recording Steve Mason Experience or make sure someone else did it. You needed two 60 minute audio tapes for it. And those tapes would stack over time. On Monday mornings you could listen to the tracks at school and discuss them with friends.
In a world without internet his weekly show was the best way to know which new records we could expect.
We were there as the wave rolled towards the shore, reached its peak and eventually collapsed.
We feel like crying because we know this wave of drums and melody won't return in our life time.
The family we once knew seems dead. They died on their way into the 21st century.
died by taking to much drugs; died by drowning in their commercial success.
We want others to see; we want others to understand. It changed us, made us better.
Then we were all equal. Colour did not matter. Style did not matter. Appearance did not matter.
Just drums vibrating through the walls; drums vibrating into our body; drums reaching deep into our souls.
The sweet smell of fog filling your lungs; the blizzard of light turned time into slow motion.
Dancing until exhaustion; until heartbeat and drum became one. Tears of joy
because we felt connected, we felt at peace and we were in love.
It's true: The family we once knew is dead. We have new families; we have own families.
For them we keep the melodies of our past as a present for their future.
We preserve this wonderful wave in our heart.
There it keeps pumping and drumming until everything turns dark.