Scuba

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Scuba Paul Rose Hot Flush Recordings

Scuba (Paul Rose) is the founder of the influential and consistently high quality Hotflush Recordings. From playing a part in the formative years of the sound on the pirate airwaves in London, to working dancefloors across the globe, to a swathe of excellent releases on Hotflush and the high profile Soul Jazz imprint, Scuba brings his own unique musicality to the dubstep sound.

Always fresh and innovative, Scuba’s recent output is at once melodic and musical and devastatingly heavy. The Hotflush label has been a creative incubator for some of the most original and forward-thinking producers in dubstep including the likes ofDistanceJoy OrbisonMount KimbiePangaeaLoefahToastySlaughter Mob,VaccineGraviousMarlowBoxcutter and Jazzsteppa. Hotflush - along with Paul Rose’s other imprints - Abucs, Scuba and HF2 can always be relied on to push the dubstep sound in new and exciting directions. With his latest full-length album “Triangulation”, topping charts all over the world, and already being hailed as a masterwork, Scuba’s record bag will be bursting with exclusive dubs of uncompromising caliber.

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Scuba Paul Rose Hot Flush Recordings
Scuba Paul Rose Hot Flush Recordings
Scuba Paul Rose Hot Flush Recordings

Extracts of an Interview by  / Peter Chambers Published 22 April 2009 www.residentadvisor.net

Scuba

Who/what do you think your "sound" is?

That's not an easy question. I guess fundamentally I make music to be listened to, as opposed to just being stuff to dance to at the weekend. That's looking at it just from outside the electronic music context though. I get the impression that quite a lot of my music sounds a bit weird even to people who are actually into electronic stuff. When I look back at all the music I've made since I was in bands, I'm really still developing themes that have always been there. Of course a lot of new things have been added along the way but the basic concepts of my music now, especially the melodic concepts, were there from the first time I wrote anything. The whole thing is very fragile though, and I go between the extremes of confidence and pessimism in terms of how I view my output, which can make the whole thing quite difficult. For the first record I basically scrapped an entire album and wrote a new one because I wasn't happy with it. I'm writing the next one at the moment and really hoping that doesn't happen again, 'cos it's been a bit of a struggle so far.

Which of your own records is your favourite?

In terms of a release, I would have to say the 12-inch that came out just before A Mutual Antipathy which was two tracks off that album, "Hard Boiled" and "Tell Her." Those two tracks pretty much captured everything I had been trying to do musically up to that point.

What are some key records of the past few years for you (artists, EPs, labels, sounds etc)? Which of these has had the greatest influence on the music you make now?

Concept 2's "Cause n' Effect": Unadulterated, straight-ahead directness. Mala's "Lean Forward": Mala is definitely one of the most imaginative people making music today. Autechre's Amber: That album influenced me more than anything else. "Slip" is one of my favourite tracks ever, it's really special. The whole album is great though—it's the combination of that incredible atmosphere with the rhythmic and melodic elements, it just works. The first album Incunabula is amazing as well, and they really make sense alongside each other. I can't listen to their new stuff to be honest, but I understand why they couldn't keep remaking those early albums again and again.  When you produce a really defining piece of work it's incredibly hard to move on from it while keeping the same vitality. It happens to everyone I think, to a greater or lesser extent.

"When you create something the first thing you have to do is clear your head of clichés."

What are some key records of the past few years for you (artists, EPs, labels, sounds etc)? Which of these has had the greatest influence on the music you make now? 

Concept 2's "Cause n' Effect": Unadulterated, straight-ahead directness. Mala's "Lean Forward": Mala is definitely one of the most imaginative people making music today. Autechre's Amber: That album influenced me more than anything else. "Slip" is one of my favourite tracks ever, it's really special. The whole album is great though—it's the combination of that incredible atmosphere with the rhythmic and melodic elements, it just works. The first album Incunabula is amazing as well, and they really make sense alongside each other. I can't listen to their new stuff to be honest, but I understand why they couldn't keep remaking those early albums again and again.  When you produce a really defining piece of work it's incredibly hard to move on from it while keeping the same vitality. It happens to everyone I think, to a greater or lesser extent.

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