“Grime is a real synth-based thing, or it was. It was all squarewaves. I was a big fan of Geeneus, Wizzbit, Wiley and Skepta, all their beats were the shit, and I thought the sounds were amazing.
"When I was using Reason’s synths, I always wondered what the real version sounded like and why their sounds were so amazing and why I couldn’t get mine to sound the same. I took my SH-201 to Ginz’s [James Ginzburg, co-founder Multiverse Music, Bristol] place one day and we were messing around and I made a sick bassline – a dirty squarewave – and we just knew we had something. We made Purple City in like an hour, and spent the next week mixing it. After that, the money started coming in and I started buying loads of synths. I’m always broke because any money I get I spend on synths and outboard gear.
“It’s hard to get time to properly use them all though – half of them I haven’t even touched. I’ve never used my Juno-106 at all, not on anything that anyone’s heard anyway.
“I remember when I used to go to Roni’s studio, I’d beg him to lend me stuff and when he did I thought he was the safest guy in the world. I’d always think, ‘I’ll never be able to afford one of these’ but then I’d be like, ‘That’s the wrong way to think! You’re a Neptunes fan you can do whatever you want!’ [laughs] Before I knew it I had like 20 synths and a rack full of gear – it happened overnight.”