He was born in Manchester (UK) and is currently based in London, after having spent a long period of time in the USA. Since his grandfather gave him his first Technics deck at twelve, and inspired by artists like Lee Scratch Perry, Grooverider, Fabio, Dillinjah and Lemon D Ratty (amongst many others), he’s been almost everywhere! Geographically and musically speaking: Metalheadz, Bingo Beats, Infrared, Renegade Hardware, Technique, Timeless, L-Plates, Virus, Reinforced, Soul:R, Bad Company... Now in full charge of his own well-known label Nemesis Recordings.
He met Sonic in 1996, playing at a gig in Manchester, and it was the start of “The Accidental Heroes” adventure ...Their first releases out in 1998, followed by many more; always the perfect balance between tight productions and dance floor bangers. Science Fiction Records became their baby. With his first solo album “Dance Dance Dance!” (2009) one just can’t stop doing so, while his DJ bag is always full of true dance floor hitters. Nominated last year as best DnB DJ, about to start a month tour through South America - and through Australia at the end of the year - he strikes as powerful and ready as ever. As the man himself says, “Keep on tracking, Keep on rolling!” We had a nice chat with him on his way through Barcelona for a night of La Finka’s humanitarian project...
“I think my secret to having come all this way is definitely hard work and perhaps a bit of fat; I guess starting to make tunes at the righttime helped... And of course, the love of music! Going to different places, meeting different people is always a good experience. I love touring around the world. One of my favourite places is Brazil, beautiful people and great life-style... I’d love to retire there one day”. “It was exciting to be nominated as best DnB DJ, I got quite a lot of votes, and it’s definitely been a step forward in my career. But I didn’t expect to win; Andy C really deserved it! He’s a serious hard-worker in the scene”.
“Dance Dance Dance! is my second album (first one was with Sonic). It was meant to be a solo album, but I ended up working with other producers like Skream, A-Side, and Gridlock. The title came up the moment I heard the sampler for the tune”. “I keep in touch with Sonic, we’re good friends and we still produce together (we’ve got a 12”coming out) but right now I’m mainly concentrating on my own label, Nemesis; he’s also got his own one, Space, and has just signed for Hospital Records -plus he’s just had a baby- Nemesis has been on for over 9 years, but at the moment is definitely growing, with many new artists coming through: Prestige (Russia), Royalty (Miami), Origin (UK), Skream... Plus some releases by Prestige, Origin and Chimpo, amongst others. I like to collaborate with people and do things for the label, bringing in new artists and some of my friends. I want it to be just good music and welcome all styles of DnB.
Lutin and I are doing a new thing called The Cutter (Chronic Records), a group of producers working together on certain tracks. There’ll be a 12” by Origin and I, and one by Lutin and I too (on Nemesis). Also, a Dubstep release coming out with Chimpo, Manchester Anthem, which I done a DnB remix of (also remixed by Zed Bias and Dub Physics). I’m really looking forward to touring and to some summer festivals coming up too”. “I’ve done quite a few collaborations already... but I’d love to do stuff with big artists/producers like Calvin Harris (I’ve only done a remix for him), Dizzee Rascal, Miss Dynamite, Marie J Blige, Prince, or Stevie Wonder”.
"It’s my dad’s name and I do like wearing silver, so it keeps the connection”.