At 16 I played bass in a grunge band, influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mud Honey etc. We were rubbish, well not exactly rubbish but we just never came together that well. The drummer and lead guitars where proper musicians while the rest of us were just along for the ride. It was fun but never going to go any where.
I got into DJing not long after I put down the bass and so did that for years. I always loved drum and bass even when I was in the grunge band but its a totally different vibe 'on stage' to being in a band. As such I scratching in a funk band which was the perfect compromise because I could use a lot of the skills I had spent the previous 6 years perfecting but could do it on stage with a bunch of other people in a band situation. Unfortunately the core of this band have several other projects going on so we haven't really done much in the last 12 months.
More recently I have started making my own drum and bass and I'm trying to put it together as a live act, but with several set-ups that can range from me on the laptop to a full band dependant upon the venue and "who can make it". I want to do this for a couple of reasons:
a) I would like to get back in to the group mentality.
b) I have written loads of tracks and I just don't feel that doing a DJ set of them is really the direction I want to go.
c) I have never done or been involved with any sort of electronic music in a live arena, and I'm interested in the differences when performing.