I remember signing up to this place sometime around 2001. Fuck me... some 16 years ago. Back then it was hosted on Ezboard. Had a nice lovely dark blue colour scheme and all that (did we ever find out what that music loop was? ; ) It was also the first music forum I signed up to. I was young, and noticeably so (far more jaded now, of course), but I enjoyed the chat. So much so I ventured down to Bedrock on my own and met up with people from here.. and from there never looked back really. Loved the music so much I kept going back for more, and got in to DJing myself, obviously.
Being on Ezboard also made cross board posts nice and easy. Hence why I ended up on the GU Board, Techhouse and quite frankly a ridiculous amount of other forums (Cigargate, anyone?). From those I found even more to grow my clubbing circle.
I have met a ridiculous amount of people, over the years, thanks to this place. Far too many to mention them all personally. A lot of them have become close friends. They all know who they are. When my father died, it was mostly people from here and GU that kept me going, and were there for me when I really needed it. And there's many that disappeared in to the abyss too. Again, far too many of them to mention as well. There's some that still pop up on very rare occasions and it's always great to see an old face amongst the crowd. My apologies to those I fail to recognise straight away. My memory is shockingly poor at the best of times but it usually clicks after a minutes or two.
I did have a few aliases. Can't actually remember most any more tbh (cop out, I know). Digweed's Hair was an obvious one. Kareem Van Fok was a strange little side project that popped up on GU and here from time to time, when I was in a more random mood. I was never one for a malicious alias.
Anyway, that's my, frankly boring, ode to this place and I guess the old boards of yore. But, for me, they wouldn't have happened if not for here. Hence this sentimental, soppy post. And now I'll sit back and await Dermo to tear in to it, one final time. If anyone is still reading, of course.
As long as Digweed is playing you'll still find me front and centre in my own little world. Say hello, why don't you?
* raises glass *