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Not A Diving Podcast with Scuba

Scuba

Paul Rose aka the musician, DJ, and A&R known as Scuba talks to people of significance from the world of electronic music about their experiences, observations, and attempts to cultivate a life for themselves in the murky and sometimes treacherous waters of the music industry.

#024 Jacques Greene
Jun 21 2022
#024 Jacques Greene
At this point the argument over NFTs probably seems a bit tired. But the fact is that very often the real benefits, theoretical though they might be, can be absent from the conversation as a whole. When (Jacques Greene) effectively (sold the publishing rights to a track via the blockchain) he was hinting at a world which currently doesn't exist, but the reality of which would unquestionably be a huge improvement to musicians. That is a world where contracts automatically execute without the need for legacy institutions which operate with extreme opacity and questionable efficacy. So clearly the subject needed to be addressed during this conversation, and on this episode we get fairly deep on all that stuff. Additionally to the NFT debate, we cover topics including the minutiae of 808 kickdrums, his experience with a major label, and the effect of high and low rents on the productivity of musicians. This was a super-interesting conversation with someone with whom I have many mutual friends but had previously never talked to directly. You will enjoy it! On (Hotflush) and affiliated labels.... a reminder for last week's drop of the (James Welsh Sound Exchange Remix) of (Jayson Wynters)' Lost City. This week we have (Biemsix) dropping the second half of his latest EP with ('Highway High Way Too High') - proper techno. And over on YAEL trip, Glaskin present their (full remixes EP) featuring me + Etapp Kyle, Baby T, Uncrat and Isaac Reuben... also out on Friday. Join us in the (Hotflush Discord Server) Listen to all the music discussed on the show via the (Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlist) For more links and other info visit (the official Scuba website) Follow Scuba: (twitter) (instagram) (bandcamp) (spotify) (apple music) (beatport)
#023 Plastician
Jun 14 2022
#023 Plastician
When you're trying to get started in music there is a tendency to find yourself doing all sorts of stuff just for the privilege of being involved. One of the first things I ever did was conduct an extremely poorly-researched interview with an up-n-coming DJ and producer who was making tunes every dark garage DJ wanted (it wasn't quite called Grime yet). He called himself Plasticman. A few years and one letter from Richie Hawtin later, Chris Reed aka (Plastician) was spinning on Radio 1, and shortly after that became one of the busiest DJs of the Dubstep explosion of 2006. Fast-fwd another fifteen years and he is still DJing, making tunes, and running his label (Terrorhythm), while also heavily involved in the (Friends With Benefits) DAO, and a firm advocate of the web3 space as a whole. As the above would indicate we discuss a wide range of topics, including the end of UKG as we knew it in 2000, what exactly a DAO is anyway, and the legendary (DJ Hatcha). We also get pretty deep into the challenges of making a living out of music over the course of multiple decades, and the many different opportunities that present themselves along the way. Chris is a true soldier of the UK underground and you will enjoy this conversation! On (Hotflush) this week the 'Iceberg' EP from (Bakongo) drops, featuring the 'Over Again' collab with *me* which first dropped a few weeks ago. Join us in the (Hotflush Discord Server) Listen to all the music discussed on the show via the (Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlist) For more links and other info visit (the official Scuba website) Follow Scuba: (twitter) (instagram) (bandcamp) (spotify) (apple music) (beatport)
#022 Dave Clarke
Jun 7 2022
#022 Dave Clarke
Musicians can be broadly assigned one of two categories - those who are willing to say what they think, and those who are not. There is an element of risk and reward at play in this dynamic - and it might be a calculated strategy or purely a reflection of a given person's ability (or otherwise) to express themselves. This week's guest, (Dave Clarke), is a reliable representative of the former group. He is frequently interviewed, and those interviews often cover topics which have little to do with music - international politics is a common point of discussion.... which leads us to the disclaimer that there is quite a lot of non-music related chat on the show this week. BUT THAT'S OK. DJs shouldn't be limited to talking about kick drums, and we cover topics here including living abroad, Brexit, energy policy, cultural conservatism, as well as the disappearance of counter-culture, the perils of record deals, and the secret sauce of hardware compressors. This was a conversation I was looking forward to having and it did not disappoint. On (Hotflush) this week we have the second single from (Closet Yi)'s 'Simmer' EP, entitled Red Comet. It's a cracker. And my remix of (Glaskin's) amazing track (Hydrogroove I) is also out on Friday. 140bpm breakbeat action ! Join us in the (Hotflush Discord Server) Listen to all the music discussed on the show via the (Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlist) For more links and other info visit (the official Scuba website) Follow Scuba: (twitter) (instagram) (bandcamp) (spotify) (apple music) (beatport)
#021 Rich McGinnis
May 31 2022
#021 Rich McGinnis
Since the pandemic hit, no part of the music scene has been dissected so minutely by people with less direct knowledge than the club and festival circuit. That was inevitable - everyone loves to party and far too many take an unhealthy pleasure in the misfortune of others. Thankfully on this week's show we have some actual expertise to draw upon. Rich McGinnis has an inordinate amount of experience of the area in question, going back to the early days of the rave scene in Northern Ireland, working at (Amnesia) in Ibiza, to being one of the key players in the seminal North-West parties (Chibuku Shake Shake), (Circus), and The (Warehouse Project). He's also found time to play a key role in festivals including (Parklife) and (Lovebox). We talk about all of the above, plus the perils of chaperoning the denizens of Big Beat, why it's not always wise to build a DJ their own special booth for one gig, how ecstasy can change international politics, and much else besides. Rich is a raconteur with stories to tell and you will enjoy this episode! On (Hotflush) affiliated labels this week, Biemsix returns to Who Whom with the first part of a 5-track EP of signature deep and energetic techno. Join us in the (Hotflush Discord Server) Listen to all the music discussed on the show via the (Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlist) For more links and other info visit (the official Scuba website) Follow Scuba: (twitter) (instagram) (bandcamp) (spotify) (apple music) (beatport)
#018 Melissa Taylor
May 10 2022
#018 Melissa Taylor
Musicians often view the public relations side of the industry with a degree of suspicion. Sometimes outright hostility. This is occasionally the result of misinformation, or perhaps just a poor level of understanding of what can be a crucial cog in the wheel of an artist's career. But like most things in music there can be a slightly unsavoury side to the construction of narrative and crafting of messages of the sort that PRs get up to which justifies a certain level of cynicism. Melissa Taylor, we can rest assured, is not one of the bad ones. The owner of (Tailored Communication), her day job as a PR guru(!) also involves management, and music consultancy. She was formerly press officer at (Fabric) in London, and is a current board member of the streaming co-operative Resonate. She is also an engaging and witty conversationalist, and someone who is unafraid to be disagreed with - which is fortunate as we did have some points of departure in the course of this episode. But that's what a free exchange of ideas is all about, right? And in woefully short supply in the music conversation generally. We cover topics including the problems of the streaming model, the role of co-operatives in a potential improvement, what it was like promoting a record in the early 2000s, the inability of the industry to deal with diversity issues, the Berlin club scene, the death of music reviews, and much else besides. A great episode, you'll love it. On Hotflush-affiliated labels this week we welcome Jayson Wynters to Rhythm Nation, and check (Etapp Kyle's remix of Glaskin's Slim Line monster). Some links from Melissa: ( ( us in the (Hotflush Discord Server) Listen to all the music discussed on the show via the (Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlist) For more links and other info visit (the official Scuba website) Follow Scuba: (twitter) (instagram) (bandcamp) (spotify) (apple music) (beatport)
#016 Dubstep Wars - Nicole Cacciavillano
Apr 26 2022
#016 Dubstep Wars - Nicole Cacciavillano
No-one knew anything about Dubstep in 2005. Almost no-one in London but definitely no-one in Denver, or so it would've been reasonable to assume but Nicole Cacciavillano launched her Dubstep night Submission that year and runs it to this day, now at her own venue The Black Box. It's fair to say that Nicole has been extremely influential in the development of the music scene in Denver, in her capacity as a promoter running her own parties, consulting for larger corporate venues, and since 2016 as a venue owner herself. We cover topics including the running of venues generally and in a pandemic situation, how to build a music scene from the ground up, the divergence of the UK and North American bass music scenes, and how Skrillex appeared fully-formed apparently from nowhere. Nicole is a unique person and this is a deeply interesting and engaging conversation. Get involved! Quick note to say that some of the audio in this week's episode is a bit glitchy - rest assured that we will be back to exemplary sound quality next week. Coming up on the labels this week we have something fresh on Who Whom.... hit up hotflush.bandcamp.com on Friday for full details. Join us in the (Hotflush Discord Server) Listen to all the music discussed on the show via the (Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlist) For more links and other info visit (the official Scuba website) Follow Scuba: (twitter) (instagram) (bandcamp) (spotify) (apple music) (beatport)