“The first real synth I bought was the Korg 700s, which is monophonic and was frankly a game-changer for me because I fell in love with the fatness and the strangeness of the sounds and the extremity of the filters.
“I didn’t have anything to judge it against at the time, I suppose, but I just loved the sounds you could create with it.
“It was the first affordable synth that came into the music store that I used to go to in Sheffield - which is still there I believe - called musical Sounds. I think it was about £350. I remember I’d just started learning to drive and I thought ‘Well, either I buy some second-hand old banger and learn to drive properly or I buy this synth’. So I did that. But even then I bought it on higher purchase as I was skint at the time.”
“That really defined a large part of the sound of the group before the Human League, which was called The Future, and also early Human League stuff.”