Doc Scott has been a perpetual innovator since the beginnings of drum & bass, earning his stripes and more as a producer and Dj since day dot. Ahead of his performance at Organic 07/05/11 we cornered him to let us know what to expect...
Since the combining of break beats with early rave hardcore up to drum & bass in it's modern day carnation you have been at the cutting edge of the music, always championing fresh music and constant progression. taking a snapshot of the music right now, who is exciting you musically?
Well, artists who spring to mind are – Skeptical, Stunna, Asc, Enei, Reza, Spinline, but honestly theres lots, which is a really good thing.
You have been very vocal in blowing the whistle on issues within drum & bass, when the music has not been living up to it's potential. Your approach has been almost that of a concerned parent, now 20 years into the music, drum and bass has matured into adulthood, how do you see the genre progressing both stylistically and also as part of wider electronic music in the future?
Ha ha, a concerned parent, I never thought of it that way. I obviously have my views and I believe in them passionately, maybe too passionately sometimes, not everyone thinks like me, nor should they, but my main thing is a key component of drum & bass is progression, experimentation, taking risks. Some dnb I here has none of this, in fact some of it sounds like it was made by a 5 year old, that stuff bugs me, but each to their own.
I am obviously at the deeper end of things, I want the music I play to be listened to and respected by people who are outside of dnb, beyond the scene, techno people, house people, everyone. The music im playing at the moment and get sent makes me proud of the scene, that’s the way it should be.
As one of the original international drum & bass Djs you have seen it's gradual movement across the globe. How does London compare to the rest of the world in 2011? Is it still the epicentre of the music?
I think London is still the centre for gigs, you get the best line ups in the world in London no doubt, but as for production, that’s everywhere and its great, I get sent music and I have no idea where it comes from. Its truly a global scene and has been for years. In fact you could argue that some of the best drum& bass is from outside the UK right now.
On 7th May you are playing at Organic, what ca we expect from "The King Of The Rollers" Doc Scott?
I always try to play the best music I possibly can, with a view to it being fresh and forward thinking, but never beyond the dance. Its really important that you don’t go up your own ass and forget your main job is to play dance music. So expect some damn good music!
SATURDAY 7TH MAY 2011. 930PM-330AM
@GRAMAPHONE, 60-62 COMMERCIAL STREET,
LONDON, E1 6LT (NEAREST TUBE: ALDGATE EAST)
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