CHAT: Scuba

Hotflush label boss Paul Rose aka Scuba/SCB speaks to Zul Andra about his label, current sound and one Skrillex.
Who’s Scuba?
I make music as Scuba and SCB, and I run a label called Hotflush. I was born in London and have been living in Berlin since 2007.
Tell us more about your label Hotflush Recordings?
It started in 2003 from absolutely nothing – we had no idea what we were doing. It became associated with dubstep pretty much by accident, but in the last 2 or 3 years it’s got to more where I wanted it to be at the start. We aren’t tied into any one style or genre, we just put out what we like.
Have you year been awesome?
It’s been pretty hectic. I meant to play a few less gigs this year and spend a bit more time in the studio but it’s not really panning out like that, but most of the shows have been fun so that’s OK.
What are you currently busy with?
Apart from all the gigs, I’m in the middle of doing my third album.
Define your current sound.
Recently I’ve been exploring classic house and techno sounds, and trying to take a look at them from a fresh angle. The recent Scuba track on the Back and 4th compilation, and also the SCB single on Aus are some of the results of that. But as a DJ I’ve always been very wide ranging, I don’t stick to one thing at all.
Every DJ-producer has had a life-changing moment that propelled them to international mention. What’s yours?
I don’t think there’s been a single one. Things have gradually come together, and there’s been quite a few different factors involved. There hasn’t been a specific tune or anything, it’s just sort of slowly built up.
If you weren’t a DJ/producer/label owner what would you be doing?
I dread to think.
Where were some of your most memorable/worst sets and why?
I really enjoyed the set I played at SUB:STANCE party at Berlin club Berghain in January, which was supposed to last for a couple of hours but ended up going for over four. There haven’t been many proper disasters over the years I’m pleased to say, but I did completely clear a dancefloor in Leeds quite recently which was an interesting experience.

What’s new for Scuba in the months ahead?
Hopefully finishing the new album and releasing some bits and pieces before the year is out. Plenty of gigs as well, no doubt.
How will your Home Club sound like?
Loads of Skrillex tunes.
Embrace yourself as Scuba drops his eclectic beats at The Dig, Apr 23, 10pm. Home Club, #B1-01/06 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Rd., 6538-2928. $15.00-20.00 includes one drink.