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Son of a jazz trumpeter, Rennie started life playing tenor saxophone and sitting with his Fathers various bands around Southern England. Later after getting heavily into black music he formed various funk bands playing sax and keyboards. Rennies musical infatuation took a big twist when he heard the sounds coming out of Detroit in the late 80s. After making rudimentary House music on the wrong kind of drum machines with soon to be Rhythm Section members Ellis Dee, Richard Thake and Nick Newton Scott, they had interest from (amongst others) the new British house label Guerrilla. Preferring to release their own material they form Rhythm Section Recordings and became part of the wave of breakbeat house that went on to become known as Hardcore in the early 90s.

Their third release Comin On Strong was a anthem and would have charted top 40 if theyd known about bar codes on records. With Ellis Dee the crowned king of rave Djs, Rhythm Section played at pretty much every main party between 90-92. On the same bill as The Prodigy, Moby, Altern 8, Shades Of Rhythm and Bizzare Inc. Their music was very big with pretty much every major DJ at the time, Fabio, Grooverider, Ray Keith, Carl Cox. As the drugs sped up, so did the music. When the bpms reached a ridiculous 150, Rhythm Section decided to call it a day and separately went back to making music at House tempo.

In 1993 Rennie founded Thursday Club Recordings (TCR) as a medium for putting out his own material. His first few releases were funky house with a smattering of breaks lurking in the background. Recording now as Thursday Club he had a big tune with Thursday Theme which was chased by Virgin. A chance PA in Florida was another turning point in 1994. Hearing a thriving breaks scene at its original tempo galvanized Rennie into going back to pure breaks.

A Place Called Acid (1995) was one of the biggest breakbeat tunes around. With his pedigree as a member of the legendary Rhythm Section in the rave days. Rennies remixing skills are much in demand. He also set up Friction with Adam Freeland, Tayo and Ian Williams which pretty much kick-started the whole Nu Skool scene. He also coined the term Nu Skool along with his fellow Friction partners as a way of describing their music.

Hes released records on Whole9yards, City Of Angels, Chrysalis/EMI, Mob and China Records to name but a few. Hes collaborated with many top producers including legend Arthur Baker (on Like No Other, Hey Funky People and Face It), BLIM (on that massive Eskimo track and now the equally huge 2Freaks) and with Meat Katie (on Rubba and Atmosphere). Following on from the huge Black Widow Rennie also decided it was time to go back into the studio with Uberzone and their follow-up Cous Cous received support from the likes of everyone from the Plump DJs to Pete Tong and Stanton Warriors!

He continues to DJ all over the world and wow audiences with his dancefloor-friendly funk-infused breaks sets. He is resident at Romes premier night, Agatha and runs a hugely successful clubnight, Hum, with Meat Katie which takes place in London. He has been voted Most Valuable Person at The International Breaks Awards two years running and this year also picked up awards for Best Single (2Freaks) and Best Remix (for Emit/Collect).

Rennie released a mix album on Perfecto Perfecto Breaks which received huge support across the board and his latest remix, of Ferry Corstens Rock Your Body is getting caned by all the top jocks. Currently he is working on his artist album for TCR (due out Sept 2004) aswell as new collaborations with the likes of Lee Coombs and is set to mix the next in the Y4K series and of course he continues to be chairman of the local Dwarf-Hurling association. 2003 saw his label TCR reach its 10 year anniversary - an incredible feat for any independent label.


Rennie Pilgrem

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