Escape has been actively involved in music since the early days of the British underground music scene and can trace his influences right back to the summer of love days around 1988. Inspired by his big brother (T-Zone) he began experimenting with the hip hop, techno and acid house tunes that defined the era. The explosion of hardcore and the early UK rave scene coincided with Escape starting secondary school and he took it upon himself to convert his group of friends at the time with highly sought after tapes from early pirate stations and legendary live events.
His passion for records and raving grew steadily until his early DJ career was brought to an abrupt halt after his big brother moved out - leaving him without access to his beloved turntables. This brief hiatus was short lived and around 1995 Escape began to make his first impressions on the emergent jungle scene.
On one of his increasingly frequent visits to Pure records, he was dubbed ‘Younga Zone’ by MC Lenni as a nod to his big brother and mentor T-Zone who worked behind the counter. This name stuck with him throughout his early DJing days - although at this stage most of his mixing was restricted to after school sessions with his mates rather than major raves or club nights. Things began to change when Escape crossed paths with another artist who would go on to make huge waves in the Midlands scene, DJ Hazard.