A professional DJ from the mid-80s onwards, David Calikes gradually rose to become one of the most respected figures in dance music in Scotland. His first high-profile job came as resident DJ at Fat Sam's club in Dundee. By the late '80s he had begun his groundbreaking Sunday night sessions at the Metropolis club in Saltcoats, inviting dance acts and DJs as varied as Paul Oakenfold, Queen Latifah, Inner City, Seal and Adamski to Scotland for the first time. Later he concentrated on journalism, writing for publications including M8 and MixMag. When he died in 1996, M8 publisher David Foulds was among the first to pay tribute to his work: "The guy was the Scottish dance scene -- he founded it. Before him, Scotland was a wilderness."
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