ony de Vit began DJing at the age of 17, as a wedding DJ in 1976 playing at local pubs in his home town of Kidderminster, followed in his early 20s, by his first residency at the ‘Nightingale’ in Birmingham on a Monday night where he played pop and Hi-NRG. He would often have to sweep floors and empty ashtrays after the club had closed.
In a relatively short space of time de Vit, through his talent and the diversity of his music, helped establish the ‘Nightingale’ as a respected club. During the early 1980s, he worked at Wolverhampton’s Beacon Radio, playing club tracks during a regular late-night slot on the 1922 show hosted by Mike Baker of Smooth FM).
It was around 1988 that London’s famous gay superclub, ‘Heaven’ was looking for an alternative DJ and Tony landed the spot there playing twice a month on Saturday nights he would play the main floor ‘Heaven’ was regarded as the top gay club in the UK at this time. De Vit’s set at ‘Heaven’ rapidly established a reputation for itself and in 1990 another soon-to-be-influential club named Trade emerge onto the scene, promoted by Laurence Malice & Tim Stabler,
Tony was a regular visitor to ‘Trade’, where he began to bombard the promoters of ‘Trade’ with tapes of his sets. Eventually, they relented and allowed de Vit to stand in one night for Smokin’ Jo. After a great set, De Vit landed his own residency at Trade. Later in his career he would perform a 12-hour DJ set on 2 occasions at Trade; some consider these his defining moments as a DJ.
In 1992, the illegal Rves in the UK moved into the clubs in a bid to legalise the scene. One of the key figures of the house music scene at this time was a Birmingham promoter called Simon Raine, who took an interest in Tony’s career he put Tony on the bill alongside Fabio and Grooverider at ‘The Institute’ and encouraged him to make ‘in roads’ into other house parties as Tony had predominately played in the gay club scene. Raine had launched the successful ‘Gatecrasher’ club nights taking this advice he played at the ‘Chuff Chuff’ events sharing the bill