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I first had a taste of the underground sound in 1988/89 when I found a 12″ copy of “House Nation” randomly sitting up against a wall near the local tube station. After getting home and hearing it, I knew that this was the music I wanted. In early 1992 at the age of 12, I got hold of a mixer from Tandy, no special effects, no cross fader, no EQ’s, just a basic 4 channel mixer. That was enough……For now. I then used a tape player and a hifi turntable (With part of a screwdriver glued into the motor underneath to work as a crude pitch adjust) to learn how to mix tracks together.
Late 1991/ Early 1992 everyone was listening to pirate radio, Pulse, Ragga, Station, Kool etc, I got a taste for the sound…Next step was….Where to buy the records. My then local record shop supplied a lot of reggae that I purchased. Then I spotted an LP called “Progressive Hardcore” (Rising High Records). I purchased it, took it home and played it and from that point everything changed, nothing else mattered other than following that sound.
Between 1994 and 1995, I was still purchasing Reggae but was also purchasing Jungle tracks like Johnny, Lighter, R.I.P and Pulp Fiction. Around this time there were a few new stations; Radio Active was a memorable one. This was where I first got to hear happy hardcore. Back then it was all mixed together with jungle within the one set.
In early 1996, I was flicking through the FM dial and heard “31 Seconds” playing, so I whacked a tape in and started recording. The track wound down and on came an MC (Ruff) and the next track had clapping at the beginning. It then burst into some mad amen’s and kicks and as soon as it dropped I was hooked. The track was Simply Electric by Force & Evolution and the DJ and MC were Spinback & MC Ruff. The Station was Dream FM. 1996 was an excellent year for underground music with so many 12″ releases each week. Happy hardcore, drum & bass and reggae were the records of choice and there were loads to choose from.
Towards the end of 1998, a lot of record shops had closed down and a fair few stations had ceased broadcasting. Not to be left out or bored with music I then started purchasing hard house and rap/hip-hop. Around late 2002/2003, I was listening to Eruption FM and heard a DJ (TC) playing some interesting sounds and from 2003/2004 I wanted to get a slot on a station.
In around Mid 2004 I was asked to do a mix tape by the Eruption FM management. I completed the mix and I was also asked to present the mix. I then went to a rave at the “Electroworks” where I passed the tape on to someone who then passed the tape and eventually it got to where it was needed.
Around November 2004 was my first ever set on Eruption FM and I remained with them until 2012 mainly playing happy Hardcore, old skool, jungle and drum & bass with the occasional hard house set thrown in.
Come late 2012, myself & TC got our first set on Kool London playing a 1988-1990 selection and since then to the present time, I have remained on Kool London playing a selection of reggae, old skool, happy hardcore, jungle, drum & bass, acid house and most in-between.
Massive thanks to the listeners. Without you, what’s the point? Also thanks to TC, Wizbit, Yang, Dangerous, Als, Eastman, Susie G, Clockwork, NSK and all that helped the Tenners over the years.