As far as social preconceptions go, for a lot of people drum & bass was the soundtrack to a youth well spent. Countless hours upon hours of bedroom time spent perfecting the DJ craft; epic trips into town from rural housings just to listen to the stack of new releases and promos coming through the local record shop and tough decisions when that week's ideal haul added up to more than was in your pocket. There's always been a sultry kind of dark appeal to tunes that run hard and clatter through their snare progressions at 170bpm but it was the experience of it all as a whole, the loud, loud introspection that happens at raves and the journeys and efforts that went on around them that helped captivate a generation.
Scott Molloy was evidently one of those people. Born in Birmingham and raised in nearby Aston, Molloy was caught by the bug that was seemingly passed down through the ages, through plasterboard walls and shared experience.
"I have three sisters and two brothers, so growing up in a house with different types of music blasting out of different rooms played a big role in the various types of music I listen to. There was always someone playing music, whether I liked it or not but the first thing I liked about drum & bass was the energy; other music genres simply didn't have it." - DJ Hazard
Funding his growing habit for collecting records by working day jobs in factories, restaurants and delivering pizzas Molloy made a name for himself as DJ Hazard by playing the clubs of his native Birmingham throughout the '90s. Building on his bookings and general success he took to Kool FM Midlands alongside MCs Biggie and Acapello to broadcast his sets, broadening his reach out past his immediate surroundings. Following a slew of self funded releases and 12"s on Formation Records and his own imprint, Radius, Molloy was getting play from the big name d&b DJs of the time including one DJ Hype, who would release several of his singles on his Ganja Records and go on to make him the first non Ganja Kru member to be signed exclusively to his True Playaz camp.
"The first time I played at fabric was shortly after I got signed to Playaz, back in 2003. Since then I've been a monthly resident on the Playaz nights. Truthfully the thing that keeps me coming back is Hype forcing to me play... [laughs]." -DJ Hazard