b. Australia, d. 25 October 1996, Sydney, Australia. A DJ, producer and remixer, Robert Racic first began to work as a DJ in Sydney in the early 80s. He was one of the first Australians to import New York garage and Chicago house records and as such became widely-regarded as ‘benevolent godfather’ to the nebulous Australian dance music scene. He was fundamental in sponsoring the development and success of indigenous dance-influenced groups such as the Rockmelons and Machinations, as an alternative to conventional rock music. Racic began producing for the experimental duo, Severed Heads, whose single ‘Greater Reward’ (1988) became the bestselling import in the USA that year and reached number 19 in Billboard’s Club Play chart. After further success with Severed Heads for Canadian label Nettwerk Records, Racic produced three further chart singles with Brisbane dance group Boxcar (for Pulse 8 Records). His biggest chart success came in 1994 when Severed Heads’ ‘Dead Eyes Opened’ reached number 12 in the Australian charts. Racic died in 1996 as a result of a brain virus.
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