The journey from neophyte to having impact in the world of music is rarely a straight line. Greatness emerges at different times in unlikely places from seemingly unlikely people. For Christopher Coe, who partnered with Carl Cox on the Awesome Soundwave label, it began in Ireland. “I started recording music when I was in my teens in Ireland,” says Coe. “I learned to play the guitar when I was 10 or so, and then I decided that I would forego my formal schooling in order to become a super rock star, which I totally believed was truly possible.”
Coe morphed from fan into a fledgling producer as a pre-teen. “At the age of 12 or 13, I naively proceeded to start finding tape machines and playing music,” he elaborates. “I started recording music when I was in my teens. I found a love for the idea of being able to layer sounds and create a whole other different vibe with recordings.”
In his youth, he was mesmerised by the quality of sound from bands like Pink Floyd. “The Dark Side of the Moon, for me, was the greatest work of art ever created,” he states matter-of-factly. “A friend of mine down the country had a Tascam 16-track when it first came out, I think in around 1985. I was going to make another The Dark Side of the Moon. Of course, it came out sounding like crap, but at least I was doing it!” he says chuckling. It was that kind of drive that kept him creative and in the game on his own journey.