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Oli Sykes unearths the self-curated, bootleg mixtapes he used to sell at school, and now we want one

Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon performing on stage
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Back in the day, mixtapes were the OG way of listening to your favourite musicians on the go, without having to lug around your entire collection. They were also a handy way of sending handpicked music to your friends or school/uni crush on cassettes or CDs.

Or, if you are enterprising entrepeneur-in-waiting Sheffield schoolboy Oli Sykes, later to find fame as the frontman of Bring Me The Horizon frontman , you might use that CD-burning facility on your computer to start amassing a handsome - albeit strictly illegal - add-on to your weekly pocket money.

Many of us will remember a kid at school who used to run a mini tuck shop from inside their locker, sneakily selling sweets and other highly sought-after playground goods, and it appears that Oli Sykes ran a similar side hustle, but instead of bartering gobstoppers and fruit laces he ran the monopoly on nu metal CD mixtapes.

His bootleg products - the first titled Quakebeat, its sequel known as Quakesound -were comprised of a self-curated mix of nu metal heroes such as Crazy Town, Limp Bizkit,  Rob Zombie, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Eminem, and more. Some tunes would even be remixed, or mashed-together, by 'DJ Oli', which is pretty sweet, considering the frontman is now a legitimate DJ at his very own club night, Greebo, which debuted in his hometown of Sheffield back in July.

Taking to Instagram to show off the rediscovered discs, Sykes writes: "my brother found my bootleg compilations I used to make and sell at high school lol. 5 quid each or 3 for a tenner along with every unofficial Eminem album that ever existed. Big up valley cru."

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Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.