“I’ve been DJing since 1987 back then, I was a hip-hop scratch DJ using 2 copies of the same record to do loads of trick stuff like using my nose, knees or elbows to work the cross fader and generally scratching the records up beyond recognition.
After a while the music in hip-hop started to change to slow gangster rap whilst at the same time the rave scene started to grow. As I got more used to the rave sound, I liked what I heard as the music was uplifting, energetic and everyone into the music seemed so happy, which is what hip-hop used to have so at that point, that’s when I started switching over to what is now known as hardcore.”
Pilgrim’s move into the main stream of hardcore started in 1991 when he started a residency at Quest in Wolverhampton, which at the time was voted the number 1 club night in the country by Ravers Choice, this got him noticed and he was invited to played at all the large all-nighters of the time such as Amnesia House, Vision, Tribal Gathering and of course Fantazia as well as club venues up and down the country. His unique style of using 2 copies of a record at the same time creating a remix like sound was a hit.
“About the back end of 94, the music style changed and split into happy hardcore and drum and bass so I decided to stick with the happier side of hardcore but after a while the music went silly as it seemed to be speeded up rip off versions of all the old classics and then came all the chipmunks and the silly cartoon themes, so I kind of lost interest in the whole thing and took a back seat from it all until about 1998 when I started playing out more sets of the old original tunes from back in 91.
Not long after that I hooked up with the guys from Flashback as they too, were ex old skool ravers, and started to put on small parties totally dedicated to the old skool sound.”
Pilgrim continues to play at old skool events throughout the country spinning classic records time and again.