Born Martin Reeves and based in Brighton, England, he began DJing at a young age, developing his turntablist skills during the mid- to late ‘80s. He later worked at a record shop in Brighton and began producing his own tracks. Reeves made his recording debut as Krafty Kuts in 1998 on the Ministry of Sound big beat offshoot label FSUK with the EP Funky Elements. Around this same time, his track “Gimme the Funk” had been championed by Fatboy Slim, who ultimately released it on his Southern Friend Records label in 1999. These initial productions drew attention to Reeves’ talents as a DJ, and so he teamed up with fellow breaks DJ/producer Lloyd Seymour (aka Skool of Thought) to form the long-running club night Supercharged. He also released his first mix album, Slam the Breaks On (1999), via Lacerba, and it proved so successful that he released a second volume a year later.