In the studio with Simon Colebrooke
“We’d just go into Rob Playford’s studio [in Stevenage] with a bag of records to sample. We used an Atari ST running C-Lab Creator, which was the forerunner to Logic. A Yamaha DX7, a Korg 01/W, an Akai S950, an Alesis Quadraverb, and a drum machine – an Alesis SR-16, probably. Rob was a software engineer and got extra RAM from work, some PCBs and soldered it to the Akai sampler to expand the memory. We’d sample things at plus eight on the turntable to get more in.
“The very early stuff was just mixed through a Realistic DJ mixer from Tandy, which had once caught fire at a gig! Then for the later stuff Rob got a big Allen & Heath Saber desk, which was a big step up. We were quite taken with that. We’d sit at that desk and go, ‘Yeah, look. We make music. Take a photo of me sitting at this big desk that I don’t know how to use’. Great times.”