What is there to say about this guy? A more appropriate question would be 'where do I start?'
Well, let's start at the beginning.
It all started in 1989 when as a 15 year old he went to one of the legendary Meltdown alldayers at Park Hall, Charnock Richard, where he experienced an all-star line up of Laurent Garnier
, Jon Dasilva
, Alister Cooke, Alistair Whitehead, Phil Meredith and Pig C. He had already been spending every penny he could find at the institution that was Eastern Bloc record shop in Manchester for the previous year so he could make mix tapes for his friends, but this was the event that made him realise he had to get involved as a dj.
Since launching his career in what was at the time the clubbing mecca of Blackpool with a first gig at the legendary Zone club in Blackpool alongside local heroes Matt Bell, Greenbins and John Jepson, and following it up with a residency alongside Dave Charnley at Sequins in Blackpool, he went on to play everywhere from the legendary Angels in Burnley (home of Retro) to Feel to Kaos in Ibiza (now Eden) to the awesome Hacienda, has supported everybody from legendary acid house heroes 808 State
and Awesome 3 to The Prodigy
, and has played alongside everybody from Nipper, Rob Tissera
, Anne Savage, Graham Gold, Mix Factory, Stu Allan, Ewan Cawood, Vertigo, Paul Taylor, Paul Walker, George Thompson, Matt Bell, Daz Willot, Tony De Vit
, Dream Frequency, Hardcore Uproar, Love Decade, 2 For Joy, and Shades Of Rhythm amongst others, before hanging up his headphones at the start of 1997.
After completing a course in Sound Engineering at the School Of Sound Recording in Manchester in 1997, he set up a recording studio in Manchester with his close friend Pete Orme (of rave band Awesome 3) where he spent the next 5 years recording bands before closing it down and returning to his hometown of Preston. He also spent this period playing at funk, disco and hip hop nights, eventually setting up his own Sticky Fingers night at Jazzy Kex in Blackburn in 2001, a night which is still going to this day, and during this period has also played alongside Pete Gooding
, Rob da Bank
, Bez from the Happy Mondays, A.Skillz
and Krafty Kuts
at various events around the country.
However the house music bug that had bitten him as a 14 year old still hadn't left him, and after listening to Yousef
standing in for Danny Rampling
on Radio 1 he became addicted to their shows and the music they were playing and started following them, eventually finding a spiritual home at the Barfly in Liverpool, home of Circus
Shake Shake, nights which eventually led to him buying house music again, and which has now, almost 12 years after first stopping playing house music, culminated in him playing at the clubbing institution that is Circus
on the 29th November at the resident's night after being one of the joint winners of the Circus
Over the last 7 years he has also been responsible for remixing, re-editing and mashing up everyone from Bob Marley and Bent
to disco artists such as Musique and Dee Dee Bridgewater to house artists such as Chip E, Kenny Dope and Afefe Iku, preferring to give his music away rather than get it signed, and has garnered support for these projects from Yousef
, Bucky, Rob da Bank
, Miss Honey Dijon
and Justin Long
amongst others, as well as working in the studio alongside longtime friends Awesome 3 and Dream Frequency on various ongoing projects.
In his own words, 'I never really stopped loving house music, I just found a time where I needed to get away from it for a while and discover other forms of music, but these just led me to have a greater understanding of house music and its origins, so that when I eventually rediscovered house I had a much more complete understanding of where it had come from and where it had been, and it gave me a clearer vision of where it was going and how it was still affecting thousands of young people who were only just discovering it, and seeing the effect it has on these people always takes me back and reminds me of the effect it had on me when I first discovered it. It still gives me a feeling of exhilaration when I hear an amazing tune or see an amazing dj play, and I think it always will.'