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

#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
#033 George FitzGerald
Aug 23 2022
#033 George FitzGerald
Electronic music and DJing are intrinsically linked, so what happens when your studio output shifts from being explicitly designed for mixing to something far less functional?Performing live is a challenge many DJs have taken up, but few as comprehensively as George FitzGerald who fully embraced the live experience after signing to Domino Records and releasing music which was a step away from the UK-bass inflected house bangers with which he initially made his name. We discuss all that, before embarking on a much wider discussion on the recent changes in the music industry and potential developments that may or may not transpire over the coming decade or two, including the possibility of a VR Berghain, and speculating on why private jet selfies aren't treated in the manner they surely deserve. Those of you who have followed my career will be aware that George and I go back a long way, but fear not: this episode manages to avoid descending into bro-down territory and was nonetheless an extremely enjoyable and illuminating conversation to have. We would be extremely grateful if you would support the show on Patreon. There's two tiers... one which gets the show ad-free plus at least a couple of bonus podcasts each month, and a higher tier which additionally gets you all the music we release on Hotflush ahead of time and in HD formats. And also some extra music that you can't get anywhere else. We think it's great value, so if you can do it... we'd love you forever. 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
#030 Dubfire
Aug 3 2022
#030 Dubfire
The touring lifestyle is not for everyone. It's the classic case of something which appears to be endlessly glamorous from the outside, but the reality of which is something else entirely. Everyone wants to be a part of it, few manage to sustain it for very long. At this point Ali Shirazinia, aka Dubfire, might (without too much of an emphasis on 80s imagery) be described as a road warrior. Touring hard internationally since the mid 90s as part of Deep Dish, he seemingly never lets up and is absolutely a creature of that way of life. His reinvention as a solo artist over the past 15 years have taken him everywhere and put him at the forefront of all the changes in the live side of electronic music over that time. Our conversation covers his forthcoming album, his experiences in the New York club scene of the 90s, dealing with social media, and why high-end tasting menus are kind of like an open-to-close DJ set. In other news, we are now LIVE on Patreon! Join us to support the show and help us develop it into something bigger. The entry level tier is just $4 or £3.50, and there is a $10 tier which gets you all of the music released on Hotflush and affiliated labels early, and in the best quality formats. Bonus content on Patreon includes extra podcasts, the first of which is available now. 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