Born in '83, PALADIN had his first taste of rave music listening to pirate radio recordings round his cousins. "It was about 91 and I remember hearing 'The bouncer' by Kicks like a mule and I was hooked on that sound from then on." Needing to get more involved, mixing was the logical next step, "I carried my first set of belt drives miles to get them home, beat up old second hand no brand rubbish, but I didn't care, that was it..I had all I needed." This was early 1999, the hardcore sound had splintered into happy hardcore, drum and bass, hard house...well most of the modern types of music we know now. "Drum and bass was the thing back then for me and most of my mates, local stations Charge, Elite and Klass were the best way to hear new tunes and occasionally Kool if we could pick it up." "We'd play local pubs and absolutely smash it, small towns didnt know what was going on". Still yearning for that old sound, and loosing faith in the big modern raves and where the scene was going, in 2004 he made it his mission to collect the best and rarest in oldskool beats. "I collect anything from acid house to early DnB, proper hardcore".