Stu Allan is a British dance music DJ who worked for Piccadilly Radio and Key 103 in Manchester in the 1980s and 1990s.
His hip hop, Hardcore and house music mixes ranked him the world’s No. 3 DJ by DJ Magazine in 1993 and his performances significantly influenced the music scene during this period.
Stu Allan today remains a major contributor within the UK Old Skool house and Hardcore scene.
In 1982 Stu took up DJing. Between 1984 and 1986, his mixes / remixes were featured on Piccadilly Radio in Manchester on various shows including those of Timmy Mallet, Chris Evans and Tim Grundy.
Whilst working at Piccadilly radio as a Studio engineer, He started filling in for the regular DJ on a holiday. The one instant he was covering for a six-week vacation, the reaction was so great from listeners that in June of that year he was signed on permanently.
In 1986, Allan was given his own show on Piccadilly Radio, later to become Key 103. He began featuring hip hop and house. “Love Can’t Turn Around” by Farley Jackmaster Funk was the first record Allan played on the radio. This track got the attention of the people in charge of the station and Stu was asked to explain why he was playing this “music”. He said he believed this was what listeners really wanted to hear (having seen clubbers going wild to tunes like “Jack Your Body“, “Jack the Groove” and many other underground Chicago label tunes at his gigs), and convinced them that his choice of music was right when the station’s ratings improved massively. During this period, Allan produced a soul show called “Souled Out” and a hip hop show called “Bus ‘Diss”. He would also have a house hour which would feature the seamless mixing he is known for. Stu’s last show for Key 103 was in the year 1999.
In 1999 through to 2000, Kiss 100 London / Kiss 100 approached Allan to mix and produce the now legendary "Kiss Mix" (Mon – Sat evenings) which became the most listened to shows at that time in London for 14 to 24-year-olds
In 2005 Allan resurrected his Radio career with a new brand called ‘Hardcore Nation’ on PureDance a weekly dance show which aired for the first time on Thursday 19th May 2005 on Sky radio channel 890.
In 2010 Allan moved ‘Hardcore Nation’ to Newbury based Radio Station, Reading 107, which was managed by close friend and fellow Piccadilly Radio DJ Tim Grundy.
In 2012 Allan joined Unity Radio 92.8FM in Manchester, a community station setup to work with inner city young people, He hosted a new brand, with a twist on the established ‘Hardcore Nation’ brand. This is where "Old Skool Nation" was born, The first show broadcast on 17/08/2012 on Friday nights from 7 – 9pm then later moved to a Sunday from 7pm to 9pm, then a shuffle in the scheduling saw the show move to the 9 – 11pm slot. After 3 years and #170 shows with Unity Radio and a following that was building all the time, it was decided that Stu should go it alone on a radio station he had full editorial control over. His last on air show for Unity was on 15/11/2015.
(Old Skool Nation Shows #171, #172 & #173 were pre-recorded shows on mixcloud only)
In 2016 ‘OSN Radio’ was launched. The first LIVE show broadcast on 13/12/2015 and was show #174
OSN Radio is an Old Skool radio station jointly owned by Allan, and a long standing friend Paul Draycott, it continues to grow at a huge rate, with more djs joining the ‘family’ all the time, including Rob Tissera, Mark XTC, Graeme Park, Slipmatt’s World of Rave show, Si Frater and the legendary K Klass.
Between 1993 and 1999, he was one half of the production team behind Eurodance act Clock. As well as having commercial success in the group, their songs were also released as hardcore remixes under the pseudonym Visa and were hits on the underground scene.
Allan continued to play out in the clubs around the country as well as abroad. Playing various styles of music in the underground scene, from Old Skool Hardcore to Old Skool House and Trance. He was and still is a big attraction at Bowlers in Trafford Park, Manchester. His choice of high energy old school music made him a favourite on the rave scene in the 1990s, and keeps him busy today, out in the clubs every weekend.
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