One of the main reasons that I wanted to make electronic music was because of the Acid House sound that came out of Chicago in the 80's. Artists like Adonis, DJ Pierre, Phuture, Armando, Ron Hardy, and music on the DJ International and Trax labels made a huge impression on me.
I was also equally influenced by the British with what they were doing with the Chicago Acid House sound and by UK magazines like ID and NME covering the so-called "Summer Of Love". Baby Ford, A Guy Called Gerald, Longsy D, and 808 State were just a few of the artists that I was inspired by.
I was a teenager when this music came out, and it totally hit me. There was a party in Philadelphia called Acid House Wednesday that a friend of mine would sneak me into each week. I wanted to get a Roland TB-303 - the analogue bass synthesizer the produced the "Acid" lines when one manipulated the resonant frequency dial as it was being played.
Acid House has never left my productions. People often ask what I think about Acid House "coming back" and I tell them for me it never left. I have continued to incorporate acid house in such recent productions as "Superfreak", "Evil Acid", and my remixes for Dave Clarke's "Compass" and Masters At Work "Body".
The music that I've chosen to include on 20 to 20 are tracks that I've created over the last 5 years and have played out when I DJ, as well as tracks that have been inspired by the Acid House movement. I thought that this EP would be something that would not only stay true to the times, but also true to myself. - WINK 20 to 20