1988-1994

From 1994 onwards, I got regular bar gigs, as well as a short stint at Manumission alongside fellow Stockport lad Treva Whateva. Following on from this, I became a frequent guest at Headfunk, alongside residents Chubby Grooves & Tom Simba (Tom went on to form Groove Armada with Andy Cato). This night mutated into Eardrum, a DJ/jam night that I was resident at alongside Chubby, Mark One and Andy Votel. Other Manchester residencies included One Tree Island with Stefano, Guy Morley, Jah Conguero and Funk Boutique; and Dubism, with Guy Morley and Dom from Blood and Fire. There are some scans of old Scruff flyers on the excellent Manchester District Music Archive.

Another logical step for me was radio. It was such a vital part of my own musical education that I jumped at the opportunity to guest on shows such as First Priority’s Late Night Function on Kiss 102 in the mid 1990s, as well as the many RSL stations that had one month licences. It was on these that I joined forces with Treva Whateva to present the Hot Pot show. The show then progressed to the national Student Broadcast Network for a few years, and then onto Manchester’s Key 103 in 2002 for an 18-month run, as well as a year long stint on the Virgin Trains onboard radio channel… We stopped the radio show around 2005 in order to concentrate on getting more music recorded.