10 December 1957, London, England. This producer, mixer, composer and keyboard wizard was one of the UK dance music scenes first crossover successes. He first worked in a hi-fi shop and developed an interest in electronics in his teens. Hardcastle made his recording debut in 1981 on Dont Depend On Me, a single by UK soul act Direct Drive. He subsequently formed First Light with vocalist Derek Green, with whom he had worked on the Direct Drive sessions. First Lights output included a deplorable cover version of Americas A Horse With No Name. Hardcastle then formed his own Total Contral Records label and enjoyed two number 1 dance hits in 1984 with Youre The One For Me/Daybreak/A.M. and Rainforest. The latter was released on the Bluebird label in the UK, and became a big club hit in America on the Profile Records label.
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