TONY DE VIT, UK dance music DJ and producer, died yesterday (Thursday, July 2) aged 40.
De Vit died at Birmingham’s Heartland Hospital of bone-marrow failure and bronchial pneumonia. He’d collapsed while on holiday in Miami and had been in hospital for four days. On his admittance to the hospital, doctors said he was suffering from extreme exhaustion following an acute case of food poisoning. Doctors later established his illness was caused by bronchial pneumonia.
Away from the fashionable breakbeats and drum & bass of the Big Beat Boutique and Metalheadz, De Vit was responsible for a real revolution in clubland. It was his phenomenal mixing ability and ability to “read” a dancefloor that took the ferociously hard and fast “nu energy” techno sound out of the London gay scene and onto the straight dancefloors of Britain and the world.
A DJ on the UK gay scene for the last 20 years, and a resident at notorious London after-hours club Trade for the last six, it was only in 1994 that Tony gave up his day job as a stock control manager in a Birmingham tile factory. He became a regular fixture at Northern clubs like Gatecrasher, Cream and Miss Moneypenny’s, as well as a presenter on London’s Kiss FM radio station.
His popularity with the clubbing public was rivalled only by scene stalwarts such as Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox. He remixed singles by Louise, The Shamen and Michelle Gayle amongst others, while his singles ‘Burnin’ Up’ and ‘To The Limit’ both reached the Top 40.
His manager, Kay Marstersen said yesterday: “I have lost a very dear friend and the world has lost one of the most talented DJs and producers. Tony was a wonderful person who made people laugh and happy when they were around him. He was dearly loved by clubbers throughout the world.”