3 Steps Ahead, the true Hardcore legend. It’s been many years since he passed away and left a big gap in the Hardcore scene. The legendary producer and DJ from the early days of Hardcore has left a mark forever, by being not only unique and diverse, but also a brilliant producer. He has made so many memorable anthems, and with his distinctive bare chest and glasses, he became an instant hit. The Gabbers loved him, and he was embraced from the first second. His death went through gabber nation as a shock (and of course his family), and many have paid their respects to this legend.
He had played many events, and even after his death his name and his legacy continued. With a whole bit dedicated 5 years ago (at the ‘last’ Thunderdome), and even at the last Thunderdome (which took place last weekend) they made sure he was remembered. Today I went online and found this mix by Gabberland, focussed on 3 Steps Ahead and his music, and the mix was made by MC Rave.
Memorable musis by a memorable artist.During the 90s I was sadly too young to witness him, but I did see him at Mysteryland 1998. That was the only time I saw him. His livesets were quirky, and I was never fond of him shouting down the microphone, but that was 3 Steps Ahead.
To remember the lost Gabber, MC Rave made this mix, filled with records by 3 Steps Ahead. Just glance at the tracklist and it will make you smile!
01. 3 Steps Ahead – Welcome To Planet Steps (Intro)
02. 3 Steps Ahead – Strictly Business (Catscan & X-Ess Love ‘N Respect Remix)
03. 3 Steps Ahead – Mindblower
04. 3 Steps Ahead – Cloud 9
05. 3 Steps Ahead – Midnight Tonight
06. 3 Steps Ahead – Wanna Have Sex?!
07. 3 Steps Ahead – Interview With Channel 4
08. Private Productions – Looped (3 Steps Ahead Remix)
09. 3 Steps Ahead – S.O.B.
10. 3 Steps Ahead – Funny
11. DJ Waxweazle – Adrift (TGV Mix)
12. 3 Steps Ahead – Action
13. 3 Steps Ahead – Kick Off (Interlude)
14. 3 Steps Ahead – Hardcore
15. 3 Steps Ahead – Put Your Hands Up
16. 3 Steps Ahead – Stravinsky Bass
17. 3 Steps Ahead – Good Time
18. 3 Steps Ahead – Paint It Black (DJ Mix)
19. 3 Steps Ahead – Motherfuckers You’re Gonna Die
20. 3 Steps Ahead – Money In My Pocket
21. The Illegal Alien – Don’t Tell Me What To Do
22. 3 Steps Ahead – Gabbers Unite (Long Mix)
23. 3 Steps Ahead – Drop It (Original Mix)
24. 3 Steps Ahead – Cyberspace Is Where I Live (Interlude)
25. 3 Steps Ahead – I Just Love To Get Stoned
26. DJ Buzz Fuzz – Jealousy (Is A Motherf#cker) (3 Steps Ahead Remix)
27. 3 Steps Ahead – It’s Delicious (Original Mix)
28. DJ Weirdo & Dr. Phil Omanski – Young Birds (3 Steps Ahead Remix)
29. 3 Steps Ahead – Gangster (Feel So Good)
30. 3 Steps Ahead – So Much Trouble
31. 3 Steps Ahead – House From Hell
32. 3 Steps Ahead – Gabbertime
33. 3 Steps Ahead – Crazy
34. 3 Steps Ahead – In The Name Of Love (Negative A Refix)
35. The Illegal Alien – Your Secret Fantasy
36. 3 Steps Ahead – Kick Out (Outro)
Now that’s a tracklist and a half! Sweet Lord, that’s a lot of 3 Steps Ahead in here. I haven’t seen something like this since he released his own album, wasn’t it called ‘Junkie 4 Life’?
3 Steps Ahead was slightly different when it comes to his music. Groundbreaking from time to time, with all time classics, and sometimes just so fucking weird. Listen to ‘Cloud 9’, ‘Wanna Have Sex?!´, ´I Just Love To Get Stoned´ etc. He’s made so many records I didn’t understand back in the 90s, and even to this day they gone all over my head.
But on the other hand he has made ‘Drop It’. Name another similar record which has as much of an impact as this record. But to me the best records are ‘Good Time’, ‘So Much Trouble’, ‘Hardcore’, ‘Gabbertime’, but the one that always gets me going is ‘Gangster (Feel So Good)’. That has got to be his best record.
MC Rave’s mix is nice, but it has got a lot of errors. It doesn’t make the records any less, but it ain’t flawless. But you’ve got to give him credit for making a dedication mix for the legend that is 3 Steps Ahead. He might have passed away, but his music lives on.
Check out this mix, and if you don’t know the legacy he left behind, start checking 3 Steps Ahead out online. There’s plenty of music to be found!
DJ: MC Rave
Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, Hardcore, Gabber
Mix Info: Podcast #6 – Special 3 Steps Ahead Tribute
Length Mix: 01:42:39
Tracks: 36 (thirty-six)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN
File Size: 234 MB
File Type: mp3
More Information: Gabberland – Soundcloud Page