1. How did you get your initial start in music?
I was a regular of the illegal rave scene in the south from 1989 and after a few years of soaking up the vibe, I naturally progressed to DJ’ing with the free party sound systems such as Circus Warp, Spiral Tribe and then producing my own music followed.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To continue to make music and be involved in the music scene in general, to me, success is not about being famous, it is about doing what you love and getting paid for it. I love the fact that nowadays you can make a good living from music and walk down the street without people knowing who you are. All I aim to do is pay my bills, provide for my family and express myself musically but writing music is not something I just want to do, I have to do it, i need to it, to express myself, to get my thoughts and feelings out, it’s like writing poetry to me and I would do it even if I did not have an audience.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
Since 1992, I have followed the twists and turns of different scenes durng that time too and have loved it, Rave back in the day, Drum & Bass during the early 90’s, Techno and Electronica mid 90’s and since 2000 I have loved writing whatever I feel whenever I feel with no boundaries. I love the previous experience I have had in various styles and scenes as it makes me feel more whole and gives me more inspiration to draw from now
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
One of my best friends and writing partner on many occassions is definately up there for me (Darren Beale). we must have written over 150 releases together since 1992 and he has the midas touch with all he does from Drum & Bass as Decoder, Singer songwriter / dance music with Kosheen to Techno with Dubspeeka. Other influences are diffficult to narrow, there are many from the old school Orb, KLF, Autecre vibe to producers like Worthy, Burial, Flying Locus now, sorry, that is more than 2 but I understandably, it is a frustrating question to ask someone passionate about music, there are so many amazing producers out there, I feel like a kid in a sweet shop!
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The Microphone Fiend EP is a journey that is ‘breaking’ Ways & Means out of just Breaks and able to express other aspects of what I see as a Breakbeat Culture, I am loving working with vocalists and creating my own take on Tech Breaks, Electro, Glitch / Hip Hop and there is plenty more to come with these combinations.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
I have been based in Bristol for many years now and I love it, the people, the vibe, the music, it’s a special place to me that has the right balance of energies to be a happy place with a thumping bass! Venues have changed over the years, places like Lakota, The Thekla, Trinity and Blue Mountain used to all be heaving, guaranteed a top night out but things are changing with smaller venues creating their own scene, The Attic, Mr Wolfs, Start The Bus and the Bank are all great venues currently.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Urban Reggae heavyweights Laid Blak and rapper Alonestar who are both signed to one of my labels (Reel Me Records), Dub Mafia, Jus Now, Eats Everything, Mr Benn, Komonazmuk are all doing great things a there’s always a new breed of talent always ready to join the party so I look forward to them stepping up and adding to the Bristol Flavour.
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
You can check out Ways & Means on Facebook, Soundcloud (waysandmeansmusic), Twitter (waysandmeansuk) and Youtube (waysandmeansbass) Lots of free tracks, DJ mixes and so on so get involved, it would be great to have your support.