As 1987 dawned, Matt Warren was a successful DJ and producer who just under two years earlier had founded Sunset Records. Matt hoped he was on the cusp of another successful year, and that Sunset Records would go from strength-to-strength.
That was what Matt hoped, but it didn’t play out like that. One of the tracks Matt planned to release was Bang The Box which he had just recorded. However, there was just one problem, his partners in Sunset Records didn’t like the track. This put Matt in an awkward position,
Matt had founded Sunset Records with three of his friends, and he didn’t want to spoil his friendship because of wasting to release a single. However, he knew that Bang The Box was a “banger” that had the potential to be a hit. He was torn, but deep down knew what he had to do.
Rather than spoil his friendship with his partners, Matt decided to resign from Sunset Records and setup a new label AKA Dance Music. This left him free to release Bang The Box later in 1987.
Bang The Box was released in 1987 baring the catalogue number AKA 1. Matt and his former partners at Sunset Records watched as Bang The Box sold in excess of 50,000 copies.
Seven years later, in 1994, Matt rerecorded and remixed two of his best known tracks Bang The Box and House Ain’t Givin’ Up. He and Van Christie III had engineered, mixed and produced the two tracks. This included House Ain’t Givin’ Up which featured Jaymes Ballard, while Mario Smokin Diaz had remixed House Ain’t Givin’ Up (Tribal Mix). These two tracks featured on Bang The Box and House Ain’t Givin’ Up 1994 Re-Mixes, which was released by Chicago-based Warzone Records.
It was home to Mario Smokin Diaz, Jaymes Ballard, Van Christie III, Dough Woodbury and Matt Warren. Four of the Warzone Records crew had played their part on Bang The Box and House Ain’t Givin’ Up 1994 Re-Mixes, which featured seven smokin’ remixes. This included Bang The Box (Old School Mix), Bang The Box (Underground Mix), Bang The Box (Original Re-Mix), Bang The Box (Bang! The Beatz), House Ain’t Givin’ Up (Trance Mixx), House Ain’t Givin’ Up (Tribal Mix) and House Ain’t Givin’ Up (Original Re-Mix). One of the finest remixes was Bang The Box (Old School Mix), which saw a classic reinvented for a new generation of dancers.