DISCONET is revered as the “Granddaddy” of all remix services. It provided mixed/segued dance music sets to make the DJ’s job a little bit easier and expose clubgoers to new music. The DJs spinning at the height of the disco era were given access to a new professional tool — a different interpretation of current dance tunes to attract clubgoers’ attention. Anticipation of the latest DISCONET remixes became a worldwide craze.
DISCONET records were pressed monthly. Only 1000 to 1500 copies of each issue were available. In later years, the company’s most popular remixes, edits and medleys were re-released in special boxed sets and on CD, all manufactured at Europadisc’s state-of-the-art facilitiies in Manhattan.
The first DISCONET record was released in October 1977. The original team included Tom Savarese, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Kevin Guilmet and Mike Wilkinson. Tom, Bobby and Kevin were already recognized as DJs of the Year by “Billboard” magazine. During DISCONET’s infancy, every issue consisted of club hits mixed together. Each side ran from 15 to 20 minutes in length. Eventually, the two-record programs incorporated full-length remixes and edits of individual dance records. Some included rhythm tracks.
Among DISCONET’s most notable remixers were John “Jellybean” Benitez and Tuta Aquino. The company’s versions of “Lay All Your Love on Me” by ABBA and “Stormy Weather” by Viola Wills, among others, became instant dance club favorites.