‘One man’s music is another man’s noise’

I got into a vast array of music as a kid (except opera & crap disposable pop) and through the early Hip Hop scene, I literally started crate digging straight away! I was also a terrible break dancer but a pretty good graffiti artist (proper pieces – not just tagging either). Cassette tape deck pause button mixes were quickly followed by my first pair of awful belt drive decks (Soundlab) which came with 2 flight cases (having more value than the decks) and a Realistic mixer from Tandy which apparently is the first mixer Stones Throw head honcho Peanut Butter Wolf started out with. I borrowed my parent’s hi-fi speakers and fixed an old vintage amp I found which was full of sawdust – I still use it today!

I had an insatiable desire for music and went on a journey to find out about and buy all the different styles of Hip Hop (from the UK & US, & worldwide hip hop scenes of the 80s). I also wanted to know all about the records from which the samples were taken, which put me on a path to enjoy and collect a wide spectrum of music, regardless of genre; I had to own the vinyl. My taste for music developed and became more about how it made me feel and if a record switched something on in me, it got me excited like nothing else.

I started buying and selling music around the time Hip Hop was exploding in the 1980s. I would seek out the vinyl and buy double copies to sell, or transfer to cassette tapes for friends for a small fee. I did the same during the rave years, which was a good way of me building my collection, finding out more and sharing that knowledge.

In the early 90s I got involved in organising raves and putting on parties, which was a great way of Djing and playing music out. (Biggest triumph – Djing at legendary rave club Shelley’s Laserdome with Altern 8, and on the same night biggest disaster – taking a record that was playing, off the decks to a stunned audience, who just looked at me…ah nerves!) I was also involved with doing flyers for Shelley’s and many other nights as I was a training to become a graphic designer!

Half way through the 90s, I’d started to concentrate on making music, in particular, ‘Jungle & Drum and Bass’ which was a great way of encompassing / sampling so many different types of music, films, my love of breakbeats, classic keyboards (Arp Odyssey / Moog / Juno / Roland) and putting them all into one music form, which at the time was very free and creative. It had always been my dream, to actually be part of that vinyl, have my name on just one. I never thought I would be lucky enough to have plenty of releases on great labels. This led to me having a few record labels, remix work, some magazine interviews etc, lots of airplay by my hero John Peel (R.I.P) and I even got to meet the great man. (I was never anybody amazing in this field but I am proud of this era, I worked flipping hard and carried on releasing until 2008). Weirdly, my very first release was a collaboration with the original founding member of Napalm Death!

From the late 90s into 2000, I started writing music reviews for a few biggish magazines, which was amazing as the quantity of free vinyl that arrived was incredible, but the quality wasn’t always there!

My collection and open mindedness for music has grown and grown over the years, but has also turned me into a very sick vinyl junkie, i don't have a cut off point - i love music, dub, reggae, rock, soul, funk, punk, soundtracks, electronic, experimental, hip hop, jungle, house, techno, drum & bass, northern soul - the list goes on, a bit like me!

I am getting DJ gigs again and I am back in the recording studio collaborating with a very talented musician on a variety of different sounds, but still all centred around breakbeats!

Oh yeah – I am also on Discogs, so please check out my listings.

Over and Out.
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A really great repress, great tunes, loving these, excellent stuff.
posted a comment on Release - The Jungle / Musical Movements. over 3 years ago
It is a good thing, then more people can obtain these tracks.
posted a comment on Intense - The Drowzee E.P.. over 3 years ago
Anyone who loved the mixes by DJ Jody (Sub Love) on the Tristan B radio show (Bristol) Circa 1992/1993 will totally rave about this. Sounds like early Danny Breaks tracks (Think 'Flowers in my Garden' mini LP on Suburban Base). Really great EP. Grab it!
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TANGEE - What on earth are you talking about? Another inaccurate load of rubbish from someone who clearly doesn't know anything and has the ill informed opinions that go with low intelligence!
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Hugely under rated tunes here, still very cheap to buy & just sooooooooo good with the top quality production & mixture of Amen breaks, killer sub dub bass & non-cheesy but uplifting happy vibes, + throw in a few other classic samples (MC Duke - who ... See full review
posted a review of Essence Of Aura - The Pure Essence EP. over 3 years ago
Can't believe no one has reviewed / commented on this. Just one of those massive tunes, that gives you screwface all the way. Amazing production, massive B-Boy breaks, dark atmospheres, Blade Runner Vox sample, & then there is the Bass Stab - ARGGGGGGGGG ... See full review
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No idea why some people are complaining about the price! Do you have any idea about the amount of energy, hard work, attention to detail, & money involved in pressing records, not to forget the full artwork & packaging here. The Truper projects has been ... See full review
posted a comment on The Truper, The Sentinel - The Truper And Sentinel Projects. over 3 years ago
I am lucky enough to have the 3 original Truper Street Beats 10" & the various Sentinel tunes on Basement too, bought them back in the day on vinyl. Can I please let everyone know that The Truper Projects, 3 X 12" sound quality is better than the ... See full review
posted a comment on Cool Hand Flex - Give Me That / Dark & Misty. over 3 years ago
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Has anyone else noticed that the 'CAN U FEEL IT, 94 revival mix might have had a pressing error? I am on my 3rd copy and they all stick a little way on after the mid point!!!!!!!! Surely it cant just be bad luck that the 3 copies i have, have all done ... See full review
posted a comment on Mayhem* - Vol. 4. over 4 years ago
Wickedmarkonwax - have you ever made a track? What a really un-constructive comment, maybe in future if you have nothing to say, keep it to yourself.
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Can anyone please tell me why the re-press is sometimes being sold for more than the original? Thanks.
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