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. read less

#055 Eric Cloutier
6d ago
#055 Eric Cloutier
What did you do with your lockdown holiday? I was intending to learn a language and ended up just gaining a bunch of weight.Our guest this week - Detroit native Eric Cloutier - was a bit more productive than that - he embarked upon a project to reacquaint himself with a record collection that he'd been adding to for over 20 years, which ended up being broadcast to the world in a series of ten mixes entitled The Arsonist & The Architect. I highly recommend checking out those 20 hours of mixes, in addition to the two that you're going to spend on this week's episode - they are collectively a real example of a top DJ exploring a range of styles in a highly skillful manner. We discuss the project in the conversation, in addition to more prosaic matters such as the politics of the Detroit music scene, the inspirational nature of Berlin, and attempting to tease out the positive developments in the wider dance scene since the pandemic.This was a highly enjoyable conversation with someone who I know well socially, but provided me with a lot to chew on and a lot to think about. You're going to enjoy it too!As hinted at last week, we are celebrating 20 years of Hotflush Recordings this year. I started the label in 2003, so that's where we are. Already out is a collaborative single I produced with last week's guest, Distance... that's called Opposites and you can listen to that here. This Friday, a mix entitled 'Hotflush Origins' will be dropping across all platforms. You can probably guess what kind of thing that's going to be, but be sure to check it out - it's a mix I'm really happy with. And going forward over the next few weeks there will be a series of more singles and mixes - five singles in total, and four mixes. All the info for that can be found at hf20.news - there will be regular updates there, so keep hitting F5. Finally, there will be a run of shows announced this week so keep an eye out for that. If your city isn't included then fear not - there will be more shows across the world throughout the year!Patrons will be guest-listed up on request, so don't hesitate to reach out on that. It's gonna be a lot of fun and I hope to see you all for a dance at some stage before the year is out. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! We'd be honoured and extremely grateful for your contribution to developing the show. Plus there's a private area......in the Hotflush Discord ServerListen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp
#054 Distance
Jan 25 2023
#054 Distance
Hotflush Recordings turns 20 this year. There'll be an announcement later this week but we're pre-empting it here with an episode featuring the first 'external' artist ever to release on the label. Something I totally forgot to mention in the intro is that we've actually also made a new track, with more than half an eye on those early days of Dubstep, which is out on Friday - get it here. Always so organised on this show. Since his first Hotflush release in January 2004, Distance appeared on the legendary Mary Anne Hobbs Dubstep Warz Radio 1 show, and went on to release albums on Planet Mu and Tectonic, as well as a further 12" with us.He also played three times at our SUB:STANCE parties at Berghain, and has been a mainstay of the biggest Dubstep raves in the UK, including FWD>> and DMZ. He is, in short, a Dubstep legend. We discuss all that, as well as his more recent work with Riz Ahmed, adapting his artistic output during the pandemic, juggling family life, and much else besides. This was a hugely enjoyable conversation for me, and you're gonna love it too. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! We'd be honoured and extremely grateful for your contribution to developing the show. Plus there's a private area......in the Hotflush Discord ServerYou could also support by buying direct from us (and wearing) a Hotflush Musicality t-shirt!Listen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport
#053 Man Power
Jan 17 2023
#053 Man Power
The music scene of the North-East of England is often overshadowed by, or sometimes even conflated with, the North-West. Everyone knows about the music of Liverpool and Manchester but there are no equivalents of The Beatles or Oasis on Tyneside. Despite that, and putting aside for one moment quite-famous names like Mark Knopfler and Neil Tennant, Newcastle has in recent years produced some of the biggest names in club music, from Patrick Topping to Richy Ahmed. On this week's episode we welcome another native of the region - Geoff Kirkwood, aka Man Power, aka Bedwettter, a dance music expert who recently completed a stint as artist-in-residence at the internationally renowned Sage Gateshead, which included the composition of a symphony in collaboration with Fiona Brice and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. We discuss his journey from self-taught house producer to performance in world-class concert halls, as well as a wide range of topics from the effect of deindustrialisation on music, to speculating what contemporary music might be performed in a couple of hundred years from now. He has releases forthcoming on Nocturne and Echocentric, and can be seen DJing back to back with Paul Woolford at King Street Social Club on 25 Feb. Geoff is a singular character overflowing with insight and stories, and you are going to love this episode. Some release news... one of our favourite producers, Anna Kost drops her full debut Hotflush release, See Life Better EP, this Friday. It's a smasher, get it here.If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! We'd be honoured and extremely grateful for your contribution to developing the show. Plus there's a private area......in the Hotflush Discord ServerListen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music
#52 DVS1
Jan 5 2023
#52 DVS1
Why should the DJs get all the money?And there is a lot of it. Over a billion dollars in fees paid to arguably the least popular members of the music industry every year, mostly for "adding value" to a live event by playing other peoples' music.This week's guest, DVS1, has led a team which seeks to address that financial imbalance by providing an elegant mechanism for DJs to give some of their astronomical remuneration back to the producers whose hard work they make a living free-riding on.It's called Aslice, and you should join it right NOW. Whether you're a DJ, wracked with the guilt of stiffing so many people for so long, or a producer, hoping to pick up some of that revenue that's yours by right. You might think the above is somewhat hyperbolic, but I can stand behind the broad thrust of it. This really is a serious imbalance in the market, and correcting it will do so much good on so many levels. Which is one of the topics of this week's conversation.In addition to that, we discuss my interlocutor's roots in the Minneapolis rave scene, building the ideal party, and the relationship between his DJing, producing, and promoting. There will be NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK, so check back in on Tuesday 17 Jan. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! We'd be honoured and extremely grateful for your contribution to developing the show. Plus there's a private area......in the Hotflush Discord ServerListen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport
#045 Chloé Robinson
Nov 8 2022
#045 Chloé Robinson
Changing the direction of a music career is one of the most difficult tricks to pull, and changing your stage name is another thing entirely. Particularly if your stage name is DJ Barely Legal.Chloé Robinson has managed to do all of the above, and is now one of the most in-demand acts at the cross-section of UK bass music and European house and techno. We've been trying to align our calendars to make this episode happen for a good few weeks, and I'm extremely happy to say that it's now here. We discuss all the issues surrounding her career shift, plus the changes in UK music since she first broke through ten years ago, the challenges and opportunities presented by running your own label, and maintaining a hectic touring schedule while coping with a serious health condition. This was an episode I was looking forward to for what seemed like forever and I think you're going to enjoy it. If you want to support the show then it's your lucky day - we have extended our pledge drive on Patreon for another week, where new signups get some cracking bonus presents, including the awesome black-on-grey "Musicality" t-shirt. Even if you're not supporting financially you can get involved via the Hotflush Discord Server. There is however a private area in that server for Patrons... you won't know about that until you're signed up though. Join us in the Hotflush Discord ServerListen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport
#043 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Nov 1 2022
#043 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Every producer wants to be an auteur. The legend of the isolated guy (it's almost always a guy) turning out hits without any outside help is as potent a narrative in the culture as there has ever been. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, aka TEED, aka Orlando Higginbottom is doing exactly that, and has made one of my favourite albums of recent memory with When The Lights Go. He's also a thoughtful and insightful chap who recently wrote an article for Billboard which exhibited those qualities and provided the perfect basis for the discussion on this week's episode of the podcast. Amongst other things, we talk about his journey from major label to self-releasing, the wonders of classical music, the challenges facing artists, and the need to challenge received music industry wisdom. This was a conversation I was looking forward to immensely, and it did not disappoint. If you want to support the show then this the best week to do so - we are running a pledge drive on Patreon where for one week only new signups get some cracking bonus presents, including the awesome black-on-grey "Musicality" t-shirt. Even if you're not supporting financially you can get involved via the Hotflush Discord Server. There is however a private area in that server for Patrons... you won't know about that until you're signed up though. Listen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport
#041 Elijah
Oct 20 2022
#041 Elijah
Better late than never! We had all sorts of problems with getting the podcast out this week, not helped by a trip to ADE in Amsterdam to record an episode with Ellen Allien which (all things going well) will be on your feed next week. But right now on the show we have a very interesting and important person in the underground music scene of the UK - Elijah. You may remember his work in the grime scene with Skilliam, you may remember his label, Butterz, if you're in the industry you may know him as an artist manager. But most likely you'll know his Yellow Squares project which has recently brought him a lot of attention as he leads a broad discussion of how the industry works, and how artists should conduct their careers. So given our mission on this podcast, the man is an ideal guest and you are going to get a lot out of this conversation. We cover a range of topics including the cancellation of shows, transparency and the idea of making your income public, as well as getting into the history of the grime scene too. An awesome episode which I think was worth the wait. You can check his 'Close The App, Make The Thing' lecture here. Support the show on Patreon! We'd be honoured and extremely grateful for your contribution to developing the show. Plus there's a private area......in the Hotflush Discord ServerListen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport
#040 Dub[step] War[s] - Dave Q
Oct 11 2022
#040 Dub[step] War[s] - Dave Q
What happens when you discover a new form of music being made thousands of miles away, but there’s nowhere to dance to it in your city? Or even your country?If you’re Dave Q, you go right ahead and put on a party, which is what he did when he held the first Dub War event in New York City during the summer of 2005. That makes him an extremely important person in the development of bass music in North America, and while we heard a lot about this from Joe Nice, one of the resident DJs at Dub War, it was Dave’s relationship with the music that really made this happen. So what we have here is a crucial addition to the story of Dubstep. We talk about all that of course, in addition to the challenge of juggling it all with another career, pilgrimages to DMZ in London, and the effects of 9/11 on the music scene in New York. After an 8k mile round trip to Infrasound Equinox Festival in Minnesota last weekend, I am feeling pretty fried. To the extent that I actually get the name of the festival wrong in the intro to this week's show... but that's what touring does to you ! Great to meet so many nice people, loved the vibes. Mental note to stay a bit longer next time...Support the show on Patreon! We'd be honoured and extremely grateful for your contribution to developing the show. Plus there's a private area......in the Hotflush Discord ServerListen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport
#039 DJ Spoony
Oct 4 2022
#039 DJ Spoony
The feedback to Episode 26 of the show with MJ Cole was overwhelming. But we came away from that episode without the real insider story of the UK Garage scene being told - what we got instead was the MJ Cole story, which was amazing in itself, but missing some of the key details as to how this unique genre of Dance Music unfolded. This week we welcome one of the absolute best people around to fill in those gaps and really dig into the development of UKG, and that man is none other than DJ Spoony. As part of the Dreem Teem (with Timmi Magic and Mikee B) he presented the key UK Garage show on BBC Radio 1, was resident at arguably the most important UK Garage night in Twice As Nice, and was a general ambassador for a sound that took over the UK charts and radio waves in the late 90s and early 2000s. So we get the full Garage story here, as well as discussing the effect of institutional racism on the UK music scene, his early years as a DJ pre-UKG, and his other career in football broadcasting. I had high expectations for this episode but I think it exceeded them... you're gonna love this. Support the show on Patreon! We'd be honoured and extremely grateful for your contribution to developing the show. Plus there's a private area......in the Hotflush Discord ServerListen to all the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFor more links and other info visit the official Scuba websiteFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport