Brought up in Southeast London on a diet of Dub,70s – 80s soul, jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Detroit techno and much, much more, all the signs pointed to Equinox’s eventual involvement with music from an early age.
Introduced to the scene at an early age via exposure to acid house and techno by his uncles, Equinox was drawn to the more beat driven side of things – Black Dog, 4 Hero, Shut Up And Dance, Forge Masters, Nightmares On Wax – whilst also gaining inspiration from techno/ house pioneers such as Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Derrick May and Larry Heard.
However, it wasn’t just electronic music that were major musical influences – pretty much anything laid back, mellow and chilled floated from his speakers. Ray Burns, Weather Report, Donald Byrd, Quincy Jones, Roy Ayers, Don Blackman, Yabby U, King Tubby and Jah Shaka all form part of Equinox’s musical heritage.
But it was always the breakbeat side of things that featured large in Equinox’s own productions. At the age of 15, he got his break. By chance, he met Bizzy B, owner of legendary label Brain Records, and gave him a demo tape – the next thing he knew, Bizzy was on the phone asking him to come down to the Brain Records studio, and work began on the “Brain Records Crew EP”. In addition to releases on Brain, Equinox’s music also featured on React offshoot, Kickin Records, and on Hard Kickin Toonz.
From there, Equinox ventured into other fields, exploring house and garage, including work with the much-respected Groove Chronicles label, before returning to the drum n bass scene. Since then, he’s worked his magic across the drum n bass spectrum, from the smoother, melodic material on Bassbin, Breakin and Warm Communications, to the pure science unleashed on Inperspective, Intasound and Planet Mu and Metalheadz showcasing perfectly the full 360° of music from which he draws his inspiration.
Over the years that followed meeting Bizzy B, Equinox has worked with a host of other artists, including Threshold (Special Branch), Senses, DJ Dubplate, The original DJ Renegade, Outrage, Breakage and Also engineered the 2004 remix of DJ Crystl’s Warpdrive, released on Photek Productions.
Equinox has also set up a label with Breakage called Scientific Wax to put out more music they believe in.