Scott Brown. A name synonymous with the Hardcore scene yet rarely seen on London rave line-ups. Why? We don’t know, but here at I Love Hard Beats HQ we decided enough is enough, this Evolution legend needs to be back in London and needs to be rocking our dancefloor!
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview.
Your records have found a home in any true hardcore fan’s collection, do you have a personal favourite and, if so, which is it and why?
I’ve done so many, it’s hard to be particular. There are a few I’ve done that bring a smile to my face and make me think ‘How did I come up with that?’…. One being ‘Falling to the earth’ – I don’t know why, I just like the feel of the track. ‘Goodbye my friend’ as well, it has sentimental reasons.
It’s been a while since you have played in London and there is a real buzz about your sets already. Which producers have been doing it for you recently and what can we expect to hear in your set on the night?
It’s been years, I know that much (quite possibly freeformation)… It’s a shame because London was a regular trip for me at one point, with so many events taking place at Bagleys and so on. It’s hard to gauge what I’m going to play this far in advance, so I’m going to bring all my ammunition to fire at the crowd, just in case! I’ve been getting into a lot of Jakazid and his latest productions as well as JTS from Australia. A lot of great Dutch stuff coming out from the Neophyte and Endymion camps. So much stuff to list in all honesty, I guess you’ll hear it soon enough!
You’ve had countless releases, mixed numerous compilations and are one of the few Hardcore DJs that can really say that they have “been there, done that”. You have also experienced the move from vinyl to digital records and the shift to software rather than hardware production set ups first hand.
How do you feel this has impacted the music as a whole and what are your thoughts on whether this is a good or a bad thing?
There are many ways to look at it. One of the first things everyone in
the industry noticed was the sharp decline in sales due to illegal downloads. The announcement that vinyl was now a relic didn’t help either. The initial impact was distribution companies such as Amato going bust, along with labels like Resist (Bonkers) – this had dire consequences on 100s of labels and artists. Many other companies have gone under or felt the pinch since the change to digital. This isn’t to say it’s all bad. One of the great things to come from this is that music is now much more accessible to people worldwide, especially remote places. If someone wants to buy a track, they can buy it from their favourite site with only a few clicks of the mouse. Of course, there will always be the illegal downloaders, but alas, they were always there, buying bootleg CDs and moaning online about everything that ever happened in the scene, without contributing to it in any way!
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
There seems to be a rise in the number of Hardcore and Freeform albums in the past year or so which is obviously a good thing. Where do you see the direction of the scene going and will Evolution be playing a part in this?
It can only be a good thing. I think it’s great that people are buying tangible goods as opposed to digital only, I know myself, I like to have the CD or boxset as some kind of souvenir! Whether it will catch on or not is unclear, but I do think there’s a place in every market for CD albums. I’ve been asked to be involved in something in the near future, let’s just leave it at that right now
You have played at uncountable raves. Which is your personal favourite gig, and which was the gig that you first though “I’ve really made it!”
That’s a funny question…’Look mum, I’m a star’ hahahaha….. Seriously though, I don’t ever think I’ve had a ‘made it’ moment, but if I did, I think it would have been the first time I played in Sydney. Australia is one place I always wanted to go, it’s always the dream holiday prize on tv shows and seemed so elusive to me growing up. I remember grabbing the microphone at ‘World Party – Sydney 1995′ and getting the crowd to shout ‘Hi Mum’ while I took a photo…quality. However, just as you think you’re flying high, the taxi on the way back to the hotel that morning broke down and the driver still tried to charge me…back to earth with a bang!
The number of DJs and producers is increasing all the time. Do you have any advice for the up and comers, maybe something they should all strive for or look to avoid?
The best advice is what I done myself. If you’re making music, use
tracks of other producers you like as influences, don’t copy – be original, and try comparing your mixdowns to what they sound like – it’ll never sound the same but if it’s close, you’re doing something right. Appreciate that if you send demos off to labels, they might not be able to reply due to the sheer volume of tracks they must listen to (I used to think that a certain Dutch label were incredibly ignorant until they liked one of my tracks – they then told me they heard everything, just didn’t like it all). As for DJing, again, be original, don’t copy mixes or styles because your favourite dj has done it – you’ll just end up being another clone. Nothing wrong with being influenced or getting ideas from what they do though.
What is a roboflavalloyd?
I’m not sure but I’ll look forward to seeing it on Jeremy Kyle….
I won’t lie. I do hope we see a reference to Roboflavalloyd’s on Jeremy Kyle but I won’t be the one that see’s it live!
Scott, thanks for such a great interview. There is some serious hype for your set in May and we really can’t wait to see you play- this is going to be one of hell of a party!
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