The Rogue Traders story begins in London, way back in 1989. That’s when James Ash and Steve Davis, via a mutual friend, found themselves working together on a rap track. “It was a terrible song but Steve and I hit it off straight away and became fast friends,” recalls James, laughing. “We also exchanged a lot of musical information because our tastes were so different. I was listening to European electronic music like Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre and Brian Eno, while Steve was into the blacker, more soulful side of music.