Almost a year ago to the day I met Robert James at WMC in Miami. I was already aware of who he was and what he did – as a member of the Hot Creations crew, he’d had numerous releases via Jamie Jones’ popular label and its subsiduries and he’d also been travelling the world as one of the crew’s main DJs. Here’s the resulting interview…
My name is Stephen Valentine and I was born in November 1969. At the age of 18, I decided to enlist in the British Army as a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT). I completed my basic training in February 1988 and was then posted to eight Squadron, 27 Regiment RCT, at Buller Barracks in Aldershot.
The British often make a fuss about nothing, and sometimes we’re afraid people will think that’s what we’re doing, but conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can legitimately command our sympathy.
I was aware when I headed to the Cambodian border to cover the conflict which had just flared up that there was an outside chance I might get shot at but it had never occurred to me that I would almost be arrested on suspicion of being a Cambodian spy.
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