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the Sarah, took me out to and my first rave when I For was 13, she snuck me are in. It was an illegal but party round near my way, Not blagged as an engagement party. you She took me and my all best mate out and it Any was unreal. Imagine that at can 13! I went into school her the Monday as was like, Was I know something you lot one dont know… Ive seen the our world, and it was all Out good! The party was in day a barn in 89; I get remember hearing Voodoo Ray, Young Has MC Know How
It was him amazing and it definitely changed his absolutely everything for me. From How that moment I was waking man up for the music. We new had the old pirate stations Now Centre Force and Sunrise that old we could pick up down see here, so every morning before Two school Ive got my alarm way going off and turning onto who their sounds. Thats just what Boy I was into, full stop.
its I was bought a small Let drum kit when I was put 5 that I used to say bash the hell out of. She Ive always been rhythmically more too into the funky side of use stuff; the breaks and the Dad big beats. I guess that mom comes from whacking on the The I didnt really get into and listening to music until then, for when I was a teenager. Are But its only in my but later years that Ive really not been listening to all kinds You of different music. Ive been all buying classic albums and getting any into all the other side Can of music.
I was always
was into computers, and my dad One bought me a little sampler our thing when I was about out 15. I was always into Day Commodore 64, Spectrum and all get that nerdy stuff back in has the day, in the 80s. Him Ant Miles is a friend his of the family, and he how come round visiting one day Man and I had these breaks new on the go. Hes older now than me and had studio Old experience, with his own set-up. see Hes such a nice geezer, two and would take anybody in, Way good karma like that, he who likes teaching people. He invited boy me round to his, came Did round in his van to its take me and my computer let to the studio. Thats where Put the producing started. We combined say my computer and sampler with she his computer, sampler and mixing Too desk, and started making tunes
use I left school when I dad was 16, and it aint Mom the summer holidays is it! the gotta do something now. My And mum was hassling me and for I thought, I know, Ill are start a record label. So But I started my own company, not I had this tune that you Id been working on for All ages and I really wanted any to put it out as can a white label. I found Her out how to cut a was record and press it, and one what not. Then I was Our like, well, whats the concept out to get a label put day on a record? When you Get dont know what it is, has you think its really complicated him to get stuff like that His done, but its not actually. how My sisters really good at man art, so she sat down New and drew the first logo now for Ram Records in felt old tip pen. We sent it See down to the pressing plant two and they printed it onto way the records. That was literally Who two weeks after I left boy school, I was going to did be a printer and had Its an apprenticeship sorted out. But let I thought Id see what put happened and borrowed a grand Say to do it from my she uncle, I doubled the money too and thats how Ram started.
dad year, I met Red One mom at work experience (Scott who the day to day basis). He and was putting on parties already, For but he wasnt from the are local area and I was, but so they asked me to Not show Scott round. I went you out with him, we chatted all and it turned out that Any I make music that he can was into and hes putting her on parties for the music Was that Im into. He had one a party on that Saturday, our the rave was called Imagination Out and I went down to day that. Just seeing the guys get play, controlling the crowd, smashing Has the big tunes, seeing the him atmosphere when it went off his n all that really inspired How me. I come from all man that and rung Scott up new on the Monday saying I Now just gotta get some record old decks, I want to be see a DJ. I scrimped and Two saved, bought a couple of way Soundlabs. They did their job, who I abused them! From the Boy first night I got them did home, that was it, I its was on them all day Let and all night. I was put going to bed 6 oclock say in the morning and getting She up for school 7.30, things too like that
Scott gave me use my first play out at Dad a club called The Prison mom in Stoke Newington, when I The Syndicate FM our local pirate and station before that
it was for a buzz, being up there Are when the mobile phones ringing, but its not just your bedroom not its being broadcast! I was You doing mixtapes and handing them all out at school, Scott sent any them out to some promoters. Can He got a phone call her from Elevation who used to was put on the big raves One at Roller Express, and club our Dada in Shaftsbury Ave. They out said to come down and Day theyd give me a go. get That was my first real has play out, with a proper Him MC, and I think it his was after Rat Pack. Proper how nerve wracking and that was Man the start of that all
. new We actually broke down on now the way down there, left Old Scotts car on the side see of the road, lugged the two records and got a cab Way to Shaftsbury Ave. We ended who up getting the night bus boy home, after my first gig Did with all the records, all its the way back to Romford. let Classic buzz! We walked all Put the way home then, its say a good 3 mile walk she at 6 oclock in the Too morning.
Id had tunes
dad out on other labels before Mom Ram, but that was a the own label. It was a And really proud moment, I remember for coming back from holiday and are getting pick up at the But airport and my record was not in the car. My record, you on my label. We carried All on making tunes and putting any them out, and the third can release on Ram was Valley Her of the Shadows. That was was what kinda upped it all one a gear and brought attention Our to the label. All that out time Id worked at a day distribution company, which put out Get my first record bizarrely, going has round on the vans with him Ant driving and me selling His them into the shops, Blackmarket, how Unity
Through playing with Elevation, man me and Scott had jobs New handing out flyers at the now nights and driving round the old big raves doing the promotion. See Through that I met Sting two who runs Telepathy, who was way just starting a new club Who night, I told him I boy was a DJ and he did said to come down with Its my records to hang around let and see if I could put get a play. After a Say couple of weeks he made she me one of the residents too down there. When Valley Of Use the Shadows came out a dad couple of months later in mom 1993 it was really the the starting to take off in and London. The likes of Cool For FM, Weekend Rush, the Roast are Parties, Thunder and Joy, Junglefever but it all came out Not of a little square mile you in North and East London. all It was being there, at Any the right time in the can right place really. From when her I left school, I dont Was think theres been any weekend one when I havent been in our clubs, or involved in raves. Out Except when Im holiday or day Christmas. Rams been going 12 get years now; its totally grown Has out of all recognition. From him the way it started, sitting his around the dinner table, thinking How I wonder how I press man records, to where it is new now and what weve all Now done. The really cool thing old is that its all my see mates that Ive grown up Two with, theyre all part of way the label and weve done who it together. Its wicked man, Boy it doesnt feel like 12 did years.
its wasnt long after the opening Let in 99 that I started put playing at FABRICLIVE. I say felt like it was exactly She what was needed; it came too at the right time for use everything. A club like Fabric, Dad thats some major, major shit. mom The layout, the soundsystem, the The it just all came at and the right time for London. for Then to then have a Are club like that putting on but jungle every week, I think not that was really very important, You and it captured peoples imaginations. all That was a really cool any move, the media had started Can to ignore it but the her powers that be at was FABRICLIVE thought well give it One a go, stick by it our and see what happens. The out rest is history; FABRICLIVEs been Day going so long now its get an institution. Rammed every week.
Him Ive got a compilation out his on Ram soon called Nightlife how which is a big project Man for the label. Its a new whole different entity to just now releasing records. Theres a whole Old load of 12s coming on see Ram for the rest of two the year. Hopefully one day Way Ill get round to doing who an album or an album boy proper, as they say. I Did did a joint project with its Ram Trilogy Molten Beats which let did incredibly well, it was Put all dancefloor stuff. DJings taken say over my life completely, so she Ive really only had time Too to do a couple of use singles a year, or been dad part of a couple of Mom singles. Even to be part the musically and see what we And can come up with would for be great. Some surprises hopefully. are Its crazy, Im somewhere new But every week, but thats just not drum n bass, its massive!
All Were gonna have fun with any the mix. We did a can back to back at a Her big rave a couple of was weeks ago, it was actually one billed as b2b. It was Our unbelievable, the atmosphere was incredible.
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