My passion for music and sound started when I was 14 years old – I was desperate to own a laptop to experiment and create my own sounds.
So went to work – literally – with a paper round, a job in the local shop and mowing the neighbourhood lawns. And finally, with ink on my hands and grass clippings in my socks, I got the laptop of my dreams. And immediately became a recluse.
I spent every spare second of my time making beats. The minute I got home from school I’d lock myself away in my bedroom studio which I’d covered with egg-boxes to absorb the sound and give me a great acoustic – only later did I realise the egg box thing doesn’t really work.
I’d listen to Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Boy in the Corner’ and Sway’s ‘This is My Demo’ on repeat, both of which were massive in the UK. Jay-Z and Kanye West were also big inspirations for me at that time.
The only thing that got me out the house was DJing. I’d play at friends’ parties and the occasional club night, building up my exposure and experience; it was awesome and also a good excuse to expand my record collection and knowledge of dubstep and drum and bass.
I remember my mate cranking Benga’s ‘Crunked Up’ in his car - the sound just got me, it was something totally new.
When I was 18, I was lucky enough to get a week’s work experience at Jungle. I loved being in and around the studios and people who live and breathe music and sound. I knew this was what I really wanted to do as a career.
During this week I stayed with my cousin, he introduced me to the nightclub Fabric and it blew my mind; all my favourite drum and bass and dubstep DJs were playing and I remember thinking that the London lifestyle was perfect for me.
My week at Jungle and in the London club scene ended too soon and before I knew it I was back at school, gutted.
But all was not lost – one day I received a phone call. Jungle said my energy and enthusiasm had impressed them so much that they wanted to offer me a job.
I was completely over the moon – my life was about to be transformed and my journey into sound was about to begin.
11 years later I’m still fascinated by sound, how it can manipulate emotions and how much it adds to pictures without the audience even being aware of it. And I’m still at Jungle. I’m just not raving quite as much now – can’t take the hangovers.