History

The journey
1984
JAN 10TH 1984
It’s just begun
Abel was a teenager when he started B-Boy breakin, popping and locking in Sydney outside HOYTS George Street and editing mixtapes recorded from ABC Radio Double JJ featuring Tim Ritchie. All the elements came together; Electro, Breakin, Scratching, MCing, Graffiti and Fashion. Abel fell in love with electronic music, futuristic sounds. Arcade games, Space Invaders!!

Photo image of Abel breakin with his crew, live performance at The Spanish Club Liverpool Street Sydney 1984.

1986
FEBRUARY 14TH 1986
Dancing all night long at the Hordern Pavilion dance parties
FEBRUARY 14TH 1986
Dancing all night long at the Hordern Pavilion dance parties
Jackn the house at the Hordern Pavilion, RAT Parties, FUN Parties, and Dance Delirium. Including Sydney Clubs The Exchange, The Freezer, Spagos. Abel learnt how to DJ watching Pee Wee Ferris play at The Freezer on Saturday nights.

1988
MARCH 23TH 1988
Bought my first Technics Turntables
Abel bought his first Technics Turntables and began mixing records on the wheels of steel in his folks garage. Mostly acid house, new beat early techno and house, 12 inch imports from Belgium, Holland, Italy, US and UK. Purchased from Central Station Records Pitt Street, Floppy Disk, Red Eye Records and Reachin Records

1990
FEB 17TH 1990
Abel’s first DJ gig at The Trap Door Pitt Street Sydney. Pop-up rave promoted by Ming D.
Abel recalls “it was in an underground venue on Pitt Street off street level, real warehouse style. I had been practicing almost every day in my folks garage for an entire year before I felt good enough to play live. The nerves kicked in, and still do, to this very day!!
1991
“Summer of Love“
Early 90s
The Early 90s marked the “Summer of Love” for the Sydney rave scene. Abel’s earlier success in promoting events lead him to join forces with Sydney DJ Ming D bringing Sydney and it’s surrounding countryside together, the legendary Happy Valley held at Windsor in 1991 was born.
“Summer of Love“
Early 90s
Along with his brother Alejandro Polo, Abel catered to the city’s exploding rave scene with parties in obscure venues including Midnight Madness at the Darling Harbour Fun Park and Mixed Beans in warehouses around industrial inner Sydney.
“Summer of Love“
Early 90s
Over the following years, he promoted various successful parties including Bent at the Cell Block Theatre and The Australian Technology Park, Platform 31 at Central Station’s disused Mortuary Railway station and Watch Wyle U Dance at The Footbridge Theatre Sydney University.

Green Acres mix tapes were recorded around this time inspired by the Sydney rave scene and the Australian bush.

1992
When most raves were held in dusty warehouses across inner Sydney
Neo Pharaoh
When most raves were held in dusty warehouses across inner Sydney. The late great Paul Holden (RIP) offers Abel a residency at STUN on Wednesday nights held at Neo Pharaoh a shiny polished marble floor nightclub in the heart of the city
1993
1993 DJ tour India Goa
India, Goa, Pun
It wasn’t just the full moon parties it was also the Indian culture, the people, the food, the colours and the chaos all in sync.
1993 DJ tour India Goa
India, Goa, Pun
Abel tours India, Goa, Pune. Playing alongside Raja Ram. Meets with Ray Castle, Goa Gill, Sven Vath and Juno Reactor.

Abel recalls ‘We DJ’d at Full Moon parties using DAT walkmans because it was easy to travel with but Sven Vath rocks up with a turntable in each hand.

1994
1994 Music production release
The Hoong and I’
Music production release ‘The Hoong and I’ released on clear vinyl. RIP HJ ‘Hoong’ KIM. The record launch was held to a packed crowd on the top floor of Kinselas. The crowd went wild when they saw DJ Abel breakdancing and rapping live. Marking the return of Breakin’ 10 years on.
1993 DJ tour India Goa
India, Goa, Pun
It wasn’t just the full moon parties it was also the Indian culture, the people, the food, the colours and the chaos all in sync.

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