How did you get started on your musical journey?
I had played instruments from a young age, but when I was 15/16 I spent two years messing around in my bedroom with a 4-track, and that got me really into the process of production rather than being a musician. After finishing school in New Zealand, I did an 18 month part-time course at SAE. I was very lucky because I found a local freelance engineer who let me hang out on his sessions. I'd just sit in the corner and shut up, but it was enough to see what was going on. At that time I started really getting into electronic and sample-based music and I realized the benefit of having a British passport, which led me to moving to London when I was 19.
My dream was to go to London and assist at Strongroom or Abbey Road but neither would have me so I ended up working in a little studio in Brixton which was actually a brilliant fluke. It was an owner-operated place so he normally did all the engineering, but he was really bored and two hours into my first day he just shrugged, got up and walked out of the room and left me to it! So, I had a year there where I'd engineer any session that came through the door.
It was like an old-school studio situation where there'd be a lot of different things coming through, it gave me a chance to work on a ton of different stuff, make a lot of mistakes, and learn a lot. The cool thing with that studio was it was very well equipped with a 2'