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.”

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