Relive Pete Tong’s first Essential Mix from 1993 in celebration of its 23rd anniversary

There aren’t many more things as legendary in the world of dance music than BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix. The weekly broadcast held by the “voice of dance music” Pete Tong has been a staple for showcasing new and upcoming talent for the past 23 years and is one of the most well-respected mediums in the genre. Usually dedicated to the sounds of the underground, the Essential Mix has always been a go-to for fans of new and exciting artists within genres like house and techno, and due to its interesting broadcasting time of 4-6am on Saturday mornings, this provides some truly unique mixes that are usually different than an artists regular type of mixing.

Beginning on October 30th, 1993 with none other than Pete Tong himself at the helm of the decks, the first ever Essential Mix was a cracker, and included such classics as Björk’s “Big Time Sensuality” and the Victor Simonelli hit “Do You Feel Me.” The Essential Mix soon became a hit with fans, and over the past 23 years it has not only featured some already massive artists but has also helped to propel the careers of many producer and DJs. Some of the best mixes of all time have come from the Essential Mix such as Eric Prydz’s absolute masterclass in mixing ability from 2013 or the incredible genre-spanning mix from Nicolas Jaar which displayed the type of diversity that is often seen in an Essential Mix. The Essential Mix promotes artists displaying their taste in music as opposed to what they’d play live because the mix is intended for home listening instead of the dance floor, this explains the interesting mixes which are often produced and allows us as listeners the chance to go a little deeper into the mind’s of our favourite artists, for this reason, the Essential Mix has been consistently loved and adored by thousands of fans around the world and that doesn’t look like it’s going to chance

The Essential Mix promotes artists displaying their taste in music as opposed to what they’d play live because the mix is intended for home listening instead of the dance floor, this explains the interesting mixes which are often produced and allows us as listeners the chance to go a little deeper into the mind’s of our favourite artists, for this reason the Essential Mix has been consistently loved and adored by thousands of fans around the world and that doesn’t look like it’s going to chance any time soon.

You can listen to the first ever Essential Mix from Pete Tong below: