The year was 1999, back when you made a cup of tea waiting for the dial-up.
My first PC was custom-built by my Dad. Two years earlier, he bought a Compaq Presario laptop. It cost £1000 and came with 4 MB of memory.
Most of my time was spent playing games and learning how to use the computer. I could have stored my whole Pokémon card collection inside the base unit. Half the desk was dedicated to the monitor.
There wasn’t much to do without the internet, and, as I was five, I moved onto K'NEX.
One memory I have from back then is how nervous I was for a regional school K'NEX competition. We were all given the pieces to assemble something before the judges. It's still the only competition I've ever won.
I was allowed the full internet at 11 and built my first website at 12.
It was an Eminem discography. Nothing more than a red wallpaper and a black table. Even by 2006 standards, it was crude. Perhaps it still exists online. My Dad says it was hosted on Wanadoo, but I can't find it.
Not long after building the red website, I met Bryn, who got me hooked on electronic music production.
That one interaction shaped my future. I went on to college to study music, eventually graduating from University in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) in audio technology.
Since I was 14, for the last 13 years of my life, I've studied that skill. I got pretty good at it too. I had some early success; Ben Verse heard one of my songs and played it at his next Pendulum show. I had a few releases on independent record labels too.
Four years ago, I started a YouTube channel
that's racked up 1.5 million views. That led me to build a sample library company
seen in Shopify, Dropbox, and Gary Vaynerchuk's Vlogs.
Recently, I discovered that the samples are being used by Grammy-award winning producers of Madonna, Demi Lovato, and Eminem. I wonder if he ever saw the website. It's yours, Marshall, if you can find it.
This history birthed my love for knowledge and self-education, which this site explores.