Cogger’s first exposure to dance music was (not uncommonly) electro and early hip-hop, which he helped promote as a member of a sound system which also included Lee Purkis (aka Insync of 10th Planet). As hip-hop became more commercial, Cogger became increasingly interested in the emerging acid house movement, picking up the legendary House Sound of Chicago compilation in 1986 and immersing himself in the club scene. Drawn to the bizarre experiments of early Detroit techno, Cogger met up with Derrick May at a party in 1989 and made offhanded plans to visit the producer at his Detroit home. Two months later, Cogger was knocking on May’s door, having left London to dry out from acid house’s drug-addled “summer of love” and learn something about this music he couldn’t leave alone. Cogger began working at May’s studio, engineering a number of popular records, and soon began cutting tracks with Marty Bonds, including “Mind You Don’t Trip.” His first solo work was the “Artemis” single, later released on Kirk Degiorgio’s Applied Rhythmic Technology (A.R.T.) label (Cogger met Degiorgio at May’s studio when Degiorgio was over from London on a record-buying trip). A.R.T.’s assocation with the New Electronica label led to Cogger releasing a number of influential tracks and a trio of full-lengths on the label as Neuropolitique (derived from a book by Timothy Leary).
He lives in London and has since become a tour manager for major artistes.