Completely and utterly BONKERS! The No.1 Hardcore DJ in the World: Scott Brown!
Reported by nige_n
Submitted 11-08-04 15:16
Who says there is no such thing as reincarnation? In the Mid 90's Hardcore was believed to have evaporated - having disappeared from the hearts and minds of the mass underground dance music faithful. In truth the spark was never fully extinguished. Slowly but surely that spark has been fanned and has grown into what is now a bonfire of immense BPMs and intense atmosphere's across the globe. One of the men behind its rejuvenation is the recently voted No.1 Hardcore DJ in the World: Mr Scott Brown. The man behind the success of the infamous Bonkers album and Evolution Records spared me a few minutes of his time ahead of his head line set at this weekend's Frantic vs. Hardcore Heaven to chat about the rebirth of the phenomenon that is Haaaaardcore!
How did you get into Hardcore?
It's been a natural progression. I was into buying Belgian techno in the late 80's /early 90's, which in turn led to a fascination with Dutch producers and their sound (most of the Belgian stuff I liked was written by Dutch). From there on I started producing more of that kind of style and it's been hardcore for me ever since.
What do you put the resurgence of the hardcore scene down to over the last couple of years?
Lots of hard work from the producers and event promoters! I remember selling something like 500 vinyl at one point in the late 90's and thinking 'is this really it?'. Most of the hardcore producers had already stopped making hardcore and producing hard house (they'll deny it but it's true)! A handful of us kept the faith and continued to make good music which slowly helped create a new scene. Promoters like Slammin' and Compulsion stuck through the bad-times and by 2000 we had a bit of a comeback which has turned into a whole new scene.
You are one of the most in demand hardcore DJ's in the world. How does playing abroad differ to playing in the uk?
It's surprisingly similar. The biggest difference is that what might be a hit in this country, won't be in another so you always have to be on your toes and know what to play. Events are similarly organised and the atmosphere is almost identical. Some countries are better than others, but I 'm saying nothing!
You have been one of the main people to push the harder European sound in recent years. How do you think the UK has take to it?
I don't think it'll ever be fully accepted here, but people still dance to it regardless. Some people love it, others hate it. I think it's one of the reasons why I've been able to attain my position in the hardcore scene, by not being the same as everyone else.
Will you be mixing anymore of the bonkers compilations?
Yes, Bonkers 13 is almost finished!
How did you feel when you were told you had won the No. 1 Hardcore DJ award at last years Hardcore Awards?
I was obviously delighted, and shocked that I'd beat guys like Sy and Brisk to the post. I was in Holland at the time when I found out as I was playing at Mindcontroller in Amsterdam.great stuff!
Which is your proudest set?
Probably going back a few years to Rezerection in Edinburgh; 15,000 people in one big tent. The crowd was cheering and going nuts before I even played and throughout the set, I could hardly heard the music for the noise. It was like a football match in there and I was scoring all the goals! Fantastic.
What is your proudest piece of production?
So many it would be hard to pick out one. I've made some important tracks which have helped create or change the scene in many ways, such as 'Technophobia' or 'Now is the time' which helped shape the Dutch and Scottish scenes for years. Then there was 'Power of Love' which was a monster. And finally 'Elysium' and 'Turn up the music' which helped bring hardcore back from the dead.
With your shining entering the top 20 this week do you have any plans for a commercial release of any of your own tunes?
I'm always working on something. I don't normally write hardcore tunes to make commercial success, I'll write a commercial tune and turn it into a hardcore one.
You don't play in London very often so do you have anything special planned for your upcoming set at Frantic Vs Hardcore Heaven?
I've so much new stuff which won't have been heard down in London. I'm keeping all the new goodies under wraps until then!
Who will win the battle of Hard house and hardcore at the event.
Duuuh, need you even ask the question
How do you like to spend your time when not djing/producing
I play football a lot (too much, my legs are knackered). I also travel a lot and like to spend time with my family (very old fashioned eh).
Who inspired you to be a DJ/Producer
I never wanted to be a dj, but I always wanted to make music. I guess early influences were 808 state (newbuild album & Quadrastate - drool). I also loved Njoi live, they were a big influence on my band qtex when we first started out.
Who are you favourite current DJ's and producers
Personal favourites in the UK scene are Brisk, SY, Marc Smith. In the Dutch scene it's Neophyte, Tha Playah (19 years old and making some awesome stuff).
why have you kept you pony tail when all other hardcore dj's got rid of there's at the end of the 90's?
They only got rid 'cos they're going bald! - it's a sign of my virility!
What's your favourite ice cream?
Don't really eat it, but my gran used to buy me this Coffee stuff in a local shop when I was a kid. I loved it to death!
Some thing that I would like to know
I am Scottish (so many people don't know that, it still amazes me)!
Where did the vocal come from for Fly with you? Was it an original or a sample?
It's a cheeky sample (aren't they always)!
With thanks to Scott Brown for his time!
Scott will be headlining the Main Arena at Frantic vs. Hardcore Heaven this Saturday!
Frantic vs Hardcore Heaven
Saturday 14th August
9pm - 6am
500 Early Bird Tickets @ £12.50 / £15 / £18
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£15 / £18 After that
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Now this is truly unique!
For the first time ever the UK¹s 2 premier promoters of Hard underground music join forces to create what will surely be one of the
most talked-about events of the year:
HARDCORE HEAVEN Vs FRANTIC!
5 MUSIC STYLES
3 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
2 SETS OF DIEHARD CLUBBERS
1 UNITED UNDERGROUND DANCE COMMUNITY
Hardcore Heaven, fresh from their farewell event at the Milton Keynes Sanctuary, venture down the M1 into the Capital for only the 2nd time ever. Waiting for them in the lion¹s den are Frantic, London¹s unstoppable hard dance machine, responsible for blasting a trail through the capital¹s dancefloors since 1997.
When 2 worlds collide SeOne’s main arena will see the elite soldiers of the hard music revolution do battle. Frantic’s finest will meet Hardcore Heaven¹s hardest for 10 hours of fast and furious beats and dark n dirty synths. If the battle in this room gets too much for you, Arenas 2 & 3 will be solely dedicated their respective music styles, Frantic in 2, Hardcore Heaven in 3, whilst the outer reaches of arena 4 will play host to the less frenetic sounds of funky house and old skool.
This is simply unmissable if you¹re into the harder sounds of dance music, and with tickets selling from only £12.50Š.well, what can we say?
Let battle commence.
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