"I have always had a keen ear for sound and even from the young age of seven I was obsessed by sounds and documenting them in early formats such as making my own mixed tapes.
As I entered my teens I began to play the guitar and then quickly moved towards using drum machines and working with four track recorders.
My obsession with sound continued with my interest in 80’s old school hip-hop, which was a major influence and I became an avid collector of Sugarhill and various 80’s hip-hop records. Later I discovered more about 60’s and 70’s funk though dissecting were the hip-hop tunes took their samples from, thus confirming my obsession for sound.
As my collection of sounds grew along with my knowledge I began to DJ and promote nightclubs through 1997 to 2003. I also used to run a night at a club called The Clinic in Gerard Street near Chinatown. The play list consisted of, funk, electro, hip-hop, 80’s pop… upstairs we’d have guest DJ’s – Danny Breaks and Mark Pritchard doing a hip-hop and breaks set, Bushwacka, Tom Myddleton, Chris Simmonds from Cross Section Records (deep house label). I also hosted the Jedi Selectah Album launch party – and we (me and my co-promoters) would spin some tunes, usually consisting of a nice blend of house and breaks. I also did a short residency in the Baby Box room at the Ministry of Sound.
Although the DJing was great experience and great fun whilst I was doing this, it was a distraction from where my real interest lied, which was with sound and mixing them together. A major turning point for me was when I met a guy called Gary McKinnon through a friend and our love of making music. It was when he played me one of his tunes and I just had to tinker with it. This piece has lived many lives through my obsession with getting the sound right but I have recently revisited it and feel pleased with it’s recent reincarnation and it can be found on Myspace player. This piece means a lot to me because association with both the artist and the lyrics.
I continued from then on to do remixing for myself and for friends. I particularly enjoy taking someone else’s idea and rearranging it and putting my own tint/signature to them. Gradually though this obsession I began to become a better producer and gain confidence in mixing together sounds.
In 2008 I came across the realworldremixed website which is a site created by created by Peter Gabriel’s record label encouraging individuals to do remix’s through a variety of competitions. From this I came across an artist called Joi and his remixed tune called ”What you are” This tune really moved me as it reminded me of the music my dad used to play when I was young and I knew I had to go about remixing it.
Once I remixed “What you are” I sent it into radio 1 and Bobby and Nihal played it four weeks in a row. After this I was hooked and realised asiatic electro funk was the sound I had been looking for.
Since then, I have continued to produce my own tunes, using my Asian routes as an underlining influence, sampling Asian vocals and sounds within my work. From this I have produced “Bol Basuriya Bol” along with it’s remix, again this has been played countless times on Radio 1 the Bobby and Nihal show. From this I was interviewed on the show and my tunes became a regular feature of their show. At the moment I am continuing to work with this style of music, concentrating on performing live and in the studio - with each piece of work I produce continueing to grow in strength and style.
Currently compiling sounds for The Fashion Meets Music Shop in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre and also for Newham College's Fashion Shows. Sounds include my own edit's of well known funk, hiphop and soul tunes with an asiatic edge - along with music specially produced for these events.