I was born in England in 1963. My first words as a baby were "Yeah Yeah Yeah" on account of The Beatles "She Loves You" which was popular at the time.
My childhood was spent listening to my Dad's music - big band swing and sultry 60s singers. In 1972 I bought my first single - David Bowie's Space Oddity.
As I turned into a teenager, punk exploded in England and I became an instant convert. My second single purchase was in 1977 - Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols. It was the beginning of a passion for collecting records. I lapped up releases from The Clash, Wire, The Buzzcocks, The Fatal Microbes, Subway Sect, The Damned and The Vibrators. Like everyone else, I also wanted to be in a band, so I got a bass guitar for Christmas and formed a band called The Lubricators, later renamed Cloud 9.
In 1978 I discovered Throbbing Gristle and they remain to this day my favorite band of all time. Aside from the band members themselves, I believe I have one of the largest archives of their work, including every cassette, record, CD, newsletter, poster, bootleg and magazine.
Like every punk, I flirted with reggae and fell in love with dub. Scientist and Prince Far I and The Black Arabs could put me in a trance. It was around this time that I lost a good deal of the hearing in my right ear by standing right next to the PA at a Killing Joke concert in the Leeds Fan Club.
Then I was into Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League and The Normal. My taste turned electronic and I branched out by buying an EDP Wasp and Moog Prodigy synthesizer. I fell in love with the Yellow Magic Orchestra. By then I was recording with my friend Dominic Butler under the pseudonyms of Baader Meinhof and Voice Patrol. Today I still record my own music using the name Intone.
My taste in music was wide-ranging however. I became an avid collector of disco too - Chic, Dan Hartman, Sister Sledge. So by now my record collection was enormous - I had thousands of 7" singles, hundreds of 12" singles and a vast collections of albums. Then there were the cassettes. They were taking over my room.
1980 was the start of my nightclubbing years. You could find me propping up the bar at The Warehouse in Leeds three nights a week, surviving on a diet of lager, pernod and black and the music of The The, Blancmange, Boys Town Gang, Tom Tom Club, The Sisters Of Mercy and Soft Cell.
I moved to Holland in 1985 and had barely got settled in when acid house took off. Oh my God I was hooked and Amsterdam was just the right place to be. Todd Terry in his various guises was my sort of acid, but I loved Phuture and A Guy Called Gerald too. Then along came The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays and I was hooked again. But Coil's The Snow EP was my anthem of that era.
In 1993 I moved to the USA to follow my career path. Ambient dub and techno became my drug of choice, but Ryuichi Sakamoto, Inner City and Richard H Kirk were also regularly on my CD player. If I look back though, the popular soundtrack of the 90s - Blur, REM, Nirvana, etc. was not my musical thing.
But my love of house and techno matured into an appreciation of minimal techno, deep house and basic channel. I flirted with lounge and chill out but was always drawn back to a thumping bass drum and minimal electronics.
At present, I have a particular penchant for Romanian, Russian and German minimal techno. If you like Marcus Suckut, Petre Inspirescu, Kassem Mosse or Birdsmakingmachine then this website is probably for you.
I have a vast music collection spanning many genres. I prefer vinyl but still buy CDs. I try to avoid digital downloads because I prefer something on a shelf but I do digitize everything I buy and store it on a server that serves every room in the house with a 24/7 selection of music that drives my family to distraction. As of April 2014 that server has nearly 250000 songs and relies on a mirrored disc array with 16 terabytes for storage.
I also have a 64 track digital recording studio which I use to record my own music. I collect vintage analog synths and drum machines and can immerse myself for hours in dreaming up a new track. One day I might even publish some of the music that I make on this site, but not right now.
I created this website for three reasons.
First of all, I want to help you find great music. Everything reviewed on the site has been carefully chosen and purchased by me. I don't review stuff I don't like because I don't buy stuff I don't like. You'll find my reviews short and to the point - I won't layer on hyperbole or bizarre musings like you find in many musical reviews on the web - they're paid by the word and I am not. If your taste in music is anything like mine, this site may expand your musical horizon. If you prefer pop, watch those singing shows on TV or think that country music is great, then I suggest you go elsewhere.
Secondly, I don't think there are many sites out there that are totally focused on techno music reviews. You'll find plenty of sites that incorporate music reviews in with other content, and even more that cover so many musical genres that they are useless to a techno-specific fan. But you won't find many that do nothing other than look narrowly at techno specifically. And if you do find a site that covers techno, you will ultimately be disappointed by the few reviews you get - Resident Advisor, for example, which is a cool site, only publishes about 6 album reviews a week.
And finally, I created the site because I think it is extremely hard nowadays to thoroughly get engrossed and in-touch with a musical genre. There are simply so many releases every week, and so many channels through which to consume them that keeping up with the bleeding edge of techno is hard. It has taken me years to get to the point where I feel somewhat knowledgeable about the type of techno that I like. This website is my attempt to transfer some of my knowledge to you, ideally in the form of putting you in touch with artists that you may never have heard of otherwise.