“I used to use a Commodore 64 with Dr. T sequencer, or something like that. To me it was fantastic, because one man could make a song without having to have a full band play.
“Back then I had the Roland TR-909, 808 and 727 - those were my machines. Then a little later down the line I had an Akai MPC to resample kicks and make my stuff a little more unique sounding. It helped me put some subs with the kick and come up with some different sounds. I’d resample something that was playing live and then tweak it a little, put some decay on it, or mess with some of the parameters.
“Most of my swing really came from the 909 and 808. I was a heavy 909 guy so I'd always want to push that swing to the limit! It just had more of a pop to it.
“The Good Life stab started out from a sampled chord. I resampled the chord, manipulated that, and then I added this string type of thing with it. I think that was the Akai S900.