Andy Clarke began experimenting with programming breaks as a teenager; he met Ant Miles at the studios where he was working through a family connection. They began working together in Ant’s converted garage studio where Andy nurtured what was to become a sublime talent for chopping up and re-programming breaks. Andy then decided to set up his own label in early 1992 with a budget of £1000. RAM – so named due to Andy’s star sign, Aries – launched with his solo debut and now-highly-collectable ‘Sour Mash EP’.
At the age of 15, together with Ant, Andy created magnum opus, ‘Valley of the Shadows (31 Seconds)’ under their Origin Unknown alias. Often referred to as the ‘darkcore prototype’, the track won Best Hardcore Tune at the 1993 Hardcore Dance Awards where Andy also collected the prize for Best Newcomer.