Respected UK dance music producers and remixers, Terry Farley (b. 13 June 1959) and Pete Heller initially found success at the forefront of the Balearic / acid house scene in the UK in the early 90s. Londoner Farley was a fan of Studio One reggae and ska before becoming involved with the London soul club scene during the 80s, DJing alongside a youthful Paul Oakenfold. Heller grew up on the south coast of England and began his musical career by Djing in a Brighton discotheque, playing disco, hip-hop and house. A visit to Danny Rampling’s legendary south London club, Shoom, opened a new chapter in his life. After playing warm-up sets for Rampling, Heller and Andrew Weatherall formed the Boy’s Own collective, running a fanzine, Boy’s Own club nights and eventually a record label - Junior Boy’s Own. It was during this period that Farley and Heller met and began remixing. Farley had already remixed the Happy Mondays’ ‘Wrote For Luck’ with Oakenfold, as well as other tracks by that band and several by Primal Scream. His credibility as a producer-remixer was also enhanced by his work on the Farm’s cover version of the Monkees’ ‘Stepping Stone’ and the subsequent ‘Groovy Train’. The productions’ funky dance-influenced sound lent the band kudos at the height of the Manchester-based ‘baggy’ scene and helped to make ‘Groovy Train’ a UK Top 10 hit.
Farley and Heller’s initial productions as a team with Hugo Nicholson were released as Bocca Juniors. Since then, their remixing skills have been used by many artists including Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, Sunscreem, K-Klass, Simply Red, New Order, U2, Janet Jackson, Boy George, and the Pet Shop Boys. They have also produced for Kylie Minogue. Their own productions have appeared under the name Fire Island and have been hugely popular on the club scene. As Fire Island, they covered Machine’s 1979 classic ‘There But For The Grace Of God’. Their 1997 recording ‘Ultra Flava’ was a huge hit in European clubs and Ibiza and eventually became a UK Top 40 hit when the vocals of Ultra Naté were added. In 1999, Heller’s track ‘Big Love’ was signed to Pete Tong’s London Records and quickly became ubiquitous on European dancefloors (especially those in Ibiza) before entering the UK charts at number 12. Building on their reputation as excellent club DJs, they also mixed Late Night Sessions for the Ministry Of Sound. In 2000, Farley began producing a fanzine called Faith, which featured a mix of music, politics and satire and was given away in hip London clothes and record stores.