A YOUNG record producer has rolled back the years for his latest musical production.
Simon Hall, stage name Kinskin, has sampled the voice of his war veteran grandfather Terry Goldsbrough, recorded in New York on November 15, 1944.
Mr Goldsbrough, 88, a former flight lieutenant, recorded his voice on acetate vinyl instead of sending a letter home to his family in Huddersfield.
Now, 70 years later, it has been discovered in a box of war memorabilia and 17-year-old Simon has sampled it for a dubstep track.
Simon, of Stocksmoor, wanted to evoke memories of New York’s skyscene mixed in with eerie echoes of wartime.
The teenager has just been signed to a dubstep record label and has already played the track to thousands via his weekly online radio show.
Simon said: “I work with vinyl and when grandad said he had one from the war we got it out. I had to clean it up a bit.
“It was scratched, but I was able to get about a minute off it – it was grandad talking about New York, the Empire State Building and Times Square and about coming home.
“When I heard grandad’s voice I knew I wanted to sample it. It’s quite haunting and eerie.
“I really like the American style old school hip-hop, jazz and soul and I wanted to make a record that reminds me of walking through New York.”
For Terry, of Shepley, it brought back memories long forgotten. His 14 months in New York meant he picked up an American twang, which can be heard on the track.
Terry, who served in the RAF from 1943 to 1950, explained how the recording came about: “I was in the Empire State Building walking round and someone asked if I wanted to record my own voice, it was something new at the time.
“They gave me the track to take away and I haven’t heard it since.
“The music is good, it was interesting listening to it again.”
For Simon, an A-level pupil at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, being signed to the label is a step in the right direction.
The DJ and talented musician is hoping to forge a career in the industry. He met some of the industry’s top names including Joker, who composed tracks for TV and film, and Simon has been able to get advice off insiders.
He has now been signed-up to Dub Studio, a Bristol-based label.
Simon, who plays drums, piano and guitar, added: “I started just over a year ago. I like the scene, it’s dance music but with more soul to it. I set up a studio at home and I’ve taught myself. Being able to speak to people like Joker is amazing, to get advice off someone you respect and appreciate has been inspiring.”
Simon has played the wartime track on his online radio show, Filth FM, which racks up more than 1,000 hits on itunes.
And the charitable youngster, who went to Thurstonland First School, is also backing the Teenager Cancer Trust raising almost £800 for the trust by playing an acoustic gig and other fundraisers.