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Early Life

Greenall was born 1972 in Cornwall, but grew up in Bristol. His mother worked in the field of classical music and his father was a folk musician. Fin can recall "the one thing of his dad’s that Fin Greenall wasn’t allowed to touch was the old Martin acoustic guitar." In an interview, Greenall remembers "It was his one possession where he said, 'everything in this house is owned by everybody – apart from that.'" Their presence had an impact on his future in music. "The great thing about growing up in a house where music is a big factor... was the fact that music being part of your life was a perfectly natural thing." During his teenage years, he accumulated eclectic musical interests, gravitating towards The Cure, The Smiths, The Orb, African music, and Japanese Hardcore before discovering electronic and dance music at Leeds university.

"It was definitely about wanting to be part of a revolution that I could call my own," he recalls. "A couple of friends and I clubbed together our student loans and bought equipment to make ambient techno – we were really inspired by Aphex Twin and The Orb and Moby. We were amazed at how fucking easy it was to make ambient techno. It wasn’t easy to make good ambient techno," he laughs. "But it was easy enough to make techno good enough to get us signed after six months of mucking around at uni."

He earned his degree in History and English at Leeds university and, with student friends, formed the short-lived dance act EVA, who signed to Kikin' Records in 1993. For the remainder of the nineties and much of the early 2000s, Greenall worked in the music industry for various London-based labels, including Virgin's Source. Simultaneously, he pursued a musical career, remixing and producing for various artists, but also as a DJ. He also worked as a club promoter in London.

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