Terry Francis
From: UK
I was born in 1966 in Epsom.

MUSICAL ROOTS
"I’ve always collected music. I never bought pop stuff really ­ even the rock I was into was stuff like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Dub reggae was the next thing, listening to David Roddigan on Radio London on a Sunday while I was outside fixing my moped. I met this guy when I was 16 that got me into more black-orientated music. I got heavily into funk and soul, was going round buying old disco records. The same guy gave me some early house records : ‘Can You Feel It?’ was one of them I think, some really early Blaze stuff too. I got into it that way ­ through him. I progressed into that 80’s funk ; Aleam, Get Loose, Soul II Soul a little later and then the house stuff."

LABELS AND PRODUCTION
"I’ll be doing loads more stuff on Wiggle and quite a lot of bits for the labels around me. And I’ll be doing more stuff with the Strangeweather [Hans and Nils from London’s Eukatech record label and others] crew for sure."

DJING
"I suppose the Muzik Award in 1997 opened doors. I was just getting more and more out there. Derrick Carter had won it the year before so I wasn’t really bothered by being called a newcomer either. People know what’s good and bad. You can’t just get the same tired old DJs in all the time ­ people won’t settle for it. You have to take risks now and it’s a much better climate."

THE FUTURE
"My partner Clare had to set up a DJ-support group at one point but I think she’s got over that now. She’s got a couple of cats. And a couple of kids. I guess we’ll be spending more time.
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