I fell in love with Hip Hop & Dance/Electronic music around 20 years ago.
All I wanted to do was to get some kit to go and DJ and push my way into making music.
I wanted to take that to people, to spread the word and the feeling of the music that spoke to me.
I got very good at scratching and my mixing earned me respect from local Djs. I played a few clubs and parties in the Worcester area, and loved being in that atmosphere and amongst my own tribe.
I won a competition to have a 30-min DJ mix played on Kiss by Colin Favor (one of the biggest techno Dj’s for years in London).
He paid me the compliment on air of saying to people ” when you send in a mix try to think about what you are playing rather than just the latest big tracks”.
Everything I did was all about getting to make music, and I finally got enough kit together when I was around 24. I wanted to make music that gave me that feel of magic, and give that back to people both in the UK & abroad, live and on record.
1994: Got my first deal after purchasing my first major piece of kit. I had written only 5-6 tunes sent out tapes and got offered a deal with U-Trax in Holland.
I had big compliments paid to me like “it’s the new wave of Vangelis or Joy Division”
At the same time I got a deal with Eevolute Muzique, both recording as Bishop.
Was also called by Miss Djax about the same tracks, but was already signed by then.
Played live in Njimigen, Holland, where a guy had been firing an Uzi the week before. Got heckled by a drunk Scotsman and chatted up by a couple of hot Dutch girls!
I recorded an album there for U-trax, but it was never released.
A couple of those tracks have now been released on my own CD.
I got in the top 10 for the in house musician job at Sega.
I was up against industry pros, and despite not having enough studio experience, the music impressed them and got me that far.
I have been a big fan of computer games for many years, and think I could really bring something special to them.
It’s something I will be pushing hard to get involved in as I know I can enhance whatever the visual side has by giving it atmosphere and tension.
Film & TV is something I am itching to put my creative force behind , again because I think I can add to the producers vision
1995: I heard from a record store in Utrecht, that Andy Weatherall had heard my record in their shop, loved it so much he kept playing it again saying “listen to that!”.
He had said to them he would like to meet me.
So I got in touch and was signed to his Emissions Audio Output label.
2 releases, one shared.
He paid my unique style a big compliment of saying ” I know that it’s you after just a few bars” .
Unfortunately the label folded. Not being the kind of person who gives up, ever,
I kept on trying to find supporters in Europe and the USA.
1998: started sending more tapes to U.S.A, and especially Detroit .
Knocked out by the response.
Mad Mike Banks founder of Underground Resistance sent me a fax.
On it he told me it was “going down well at Submerge listenings” and that I should ” continue with my experiments”.
At the same time Lawrence Burden from Direct Beat/430 West heard the same tapes , and offered me a deal.
Their camp was split and politics crept in, and the deal wasn’t a good one.
I won’t sign a deal that isn’t a good one for the music, even for a million quid.
I tried to sort out a compromise, but it was either ” sign it or no deal”.
I even had Mad Mike leave a message for me saying ” If you can’t sort out a deal with Direct Beat, then no one in Detroit will touch you.”
Despite knowing this and his dangerous reputation, I still traveled to Detroit to meet him at Submerge.
After he realized that music for me is all about passion and magic, he started to give me some invaluable advice. I had better advice from Detroit in a few days than I had from anyone in Europe combined.
To his credit he tried to help to sort things out with Direct Beat & Lawrence Burden. Mike even paid me the compliment of saying “you’re the best of your style from your country”.
So a deal never happened, but Lawrence loved what I did, and said one day of the way I made music ” you make music that way, and that will make you a genius round here.” I hope one day to go back and work with both UR and 430 West, to pay them back for their support, as it stopped me from giving up on music.
2001: Released 12 inch on my own label Ghostwalk, won a few admirers from all over, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Canada and Adam X from New York.
It was mastered and pressed in Detroit at Archers, where Jeff Mills, Basic Channel, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, UR, just to name a few, all pressed as well.
I learnt a great deal about music and mastering from Ron Murphy from Sound Enterprises, the man who invented the locked groove and backwards playing record, giving it to Kevin Saunderson and Jeff Mills.
He has mastered since the days of Motown, and I value his knowledge and opinion greatly.
He told me my stuff “sounded like shit” and I needed a spectrum analyzer, great advice, which I use to this day. RIP Ron.
2005-07: Went to China for nearly 2 years, wasted my time there. But now back in the Uk starting work on more electro and dark music for film.
2011 Released The Angry Angels EP on Satamile No 43. Featured 6 strong tracks, Urban Jungle, The Machine, The Angriest Angel , Seven Deadly Sons, Resident Evil and Nightdrive Detroit.
Andrew Price – Satamile “Where have you been? Why didn’t you send us stuff before!” “Part of Electro history that never happened…You can search and search, no one sounds like you”
It was due a vinyl release, but only had digital
The vinyl test press sounded great, so only a handful of people worldwide have copies of the vinyl.
2011-2012 : Retrained my mind to work on tracks constantly, and it worked, a stack of new quality material. Watch this space for releases on Zyntax Motor City, Last Known Trajectory, and hunting around for more on other labels too.
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