A chance meeting with Dave Taylor at 21 years of age – recording as Solid Groove at the time before he took on his better-known Switch sobriquet – would prove more than fruitful with the young upstart’s extensive vinyl collection coming in very handy indeed, delivering a wealth of samples and loops they’d soon incorporate into choice cuts like ‘Overbooked’ and ‘Red Hot’.
It was also around this time that Sinden would meet another soon-to-be long term collaborator, Joshua Harvey aka Hervé. The pair would go on to release their debut album as The Count and Sinden on Domino Records, featuring a wealth of special guests including the Mystery Jets and a young Katy B.
A weekly Kiss FM radio show fell into place shortly afterwards, providing a platform for the fresh, innovative tunes that Sinden relishes discovering. And then in 2010 he took the leap that many producers hope to do and founded his own label, Grizzly. Two years later a full-to-bursting release schedule, a recent European tour and the same uncompromising attitude have seen the label evolve into a veritable hotbed of new talent, launching the likes of Melé, Brenmar and Distal and seeing early releases from XL’s masked man SBTRKT and an incognito Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx as disco lothario Jon Giovanni.
Always keen to set new challenges for himself, itchy feet and the need for a change of scene prompted a move to Los Angeles in January of 2012, which was and continues to be a hugely positive experience for Graeme. “The music scene in LA is at a really interesting crossing point, there are some great parties and some really open minded folk. Dance music is exciting here, plus there is loads of scope for working with new rappers and singers.” In light of this, 2012 will see him extend his skills even further with production for artists including Jesse Boykins, MTV Riff Raff and Elizabeth Rose.
With XLR8R recently declaring that Sinden is “primed to make the leap into the mainstream”, the future is looking pretty rosy for the fresh-faced crate digger from Hockley.