The year was 1999, which meant that a cup of tea was made while you waited for the dial-up. I was five at the time and didn't drink tea, so I settled for an episode of Pokémon.
My first PC was custom built by my Dad. Two years earlier, he bought a Compaq Presario laptop. It cost £1000 and came with 4MB of memory.
I spent much of my time playing games and learning how to operate the computer. I could have stored my whole Pokémon card collection inside the base unit. The monitor took up half my desk.
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 a discography for Eminem. Nothing more than a red wallpaper with a black table. Even by 2006 standards, it was crude. It may still exist online somewhere. 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 the course of 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 1.4 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 were being used by Grammy-award winning producers of Madonna, Demi Lovato, and Eminem. Funny how things come full circle.
This history birthed my love for knowledge and technology which this site is dedicated to exploring.