Growing up listening to Rare Groove, Gospel, Roots, Ska and Hip-Hop, Threshold was never far from production. His sister being a singer/ ballet dancer, father a Reggae enthusiast, with not a lot but prime cuts of Old Skool 7″ records from Blue Beat to Al Green, to Trojan, he quickly gravitated towards the turntables after seeing his brothers decks, saving money. Bunking school was an important part for his development, taking many day trips to Dollis Hill station to see his then Idols Manix and 4hero from the seminal Reinforced label and to Elephant & Castle to Music Madness, here he really discovered Hardcore, moving on after to playing on stations such as Storm FM, Upfront and Flex FM where he started meeting many other like-minded DJ’s along the way.
This had led him to engineering and production, here is when he met pals with the same drive, Brian and Matthew. Brian was already in the throes of organising his own events Garrison with DJ Flight (1xtra/Rinse) and booked Threshold. The 1st time they DJ’d together they had the freaky situation where Threshold plays and Brian finds himself opening his bag to reveal the he was about to play the same 1st 6 tracks in the same order! This as they say, is where it began.
They started buying equipment each person chipping in then started producing music be it Jungle or Down-Tempo but really Jungle was where the heart lied, being inspired from everything from Johnny Clarke to Johnny Jungle and during this period, Threshold had started working as an engineer for the legendary Eskimo Noise company which led on to working with the top promoters in the scene and outside on corporate events.
While under the watchful eyes of his then manager Troy and guidance from another engineer Bevin he was chosen to be in the elite team to work in the legendary Metalheadz sessions; together Threshold, Brian and Matthew formed Special Branch with their 1st 3 releases being on Ray Keith’s Penny Black imprint coming in with the classic Dub Transmission E.P. which had strong support from the likes of Doc Scott/ Storm/ Bailey/ Goldie. Leading to a release on Reinforced Records under the alias Espionage with a track called Futuroid. Fabio and Grooverider the top DJ’s at the time did a whole 8 months playing it as did High Contrast as well.
After more releases and taking on more engineering he takes a break from his studio where he encounters another young artist with massive potential and starts to help him through. This artist later on was named Breakage co-producing a few of his early tracks and exchanging techniques in production, leading to another release on Reinforced. Moving on he come across a night, Rupture where he meets Double O and Mantra, who help show him he’s not the only one who misses the depth of sub bass in the music and a friendship grew, Threshold soon becoming a popular DJ on the Rupture camp and 6 years on, still very close with a strong release on their imprint Rupture LDN label with a track called Sweat Rice! (Do not ask about the name…..)
Fast forward he has a concept of depth and soul with a roots ethos. Drums & sub bass something that seemed to be missing amongst the noisy synths. A close friend introduces him to Jamma and Dub Clinique was born.