Meet the DJ – Scopic
What was the very initial moment that made you wanted to make and play music to the masses?
I’ve always been massively into music but I got massively into hip hop as a teenager and I was fascinated by turntablists who could turn existing music into something new. Seeing a DJ lead a crowd of people on a journey with specific selections of cuts from a range of older music was the perfect igniter for my passion for DJing and making music. Having grown up in the 80s/90s, it was amazing to see music I was already familiar with getting cut up and mixed into something fresh and different – so when I was 18 I decided to take the plunge and buy a pair of decks to follow my passion.
What was the first record you bought and why?
T.R.O.Y by Pete Rock and CL Smooth & Full Clip by Gangsta – I bought these two vinyls at the same time to learn how to beat match. Their melodies worked perfectly together and I literally mixed back and forth between the two records for about 3 hours a day for like 2 weeks, until I’d mastered the art of beat matching (and with hip hop, it’s pretty tough!).
When did you realise you were becoming a music junkie?
I became a music junkie in my teenage years and started running a hip hop night (the first on the Deansgate Locks in Manchester – prior to that it was just house and pop music). Being a DJ pretty much DEMANDS you become a junkie. I started clubbing a lot more and got into dance music – this is when I realised it wasn’t a specific genre that I was interested in and more the ‘attitude’ of underground music. I’m not one for the mainstream, but most things that are subversive and a little bit off the beaten path will usually take my interest.
How many records/tunes do you think you have currently?
Wow… tough one. 1000s. Lots and lots and lots!
Who would you say your main musical influences are? Either a person, style of music, group etc
My roots are in hip hop and I started out in the G Funk Era. So the likes of Dr. Dre, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, etc. But I got more into the jazzy side, like A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Mos Def, etc as time went on. It was actually a Jazzy Jeff event I went to that made me consider getting more into dance music, as he was playing around with a lot of House music too. Techno is where I’m at in dance these days, with Jeff Mills and Rob Hood being my early influences, with the Berlin sounds of Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann extending on that into the present. I’m also a big fan of the new wave of female artists like Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens and DJ Rebekah who are making waves in the techno scene at the moment.
Basically it’s hard to say who my ‘main’ influences are… they change so much over time. I’ve missed a load out just to be more specific to the kind of music I play these days. But one of my most exciting moments was working at a festival that Daedelus was playing at with his Monome 64 controller just mashing up clips, live, in front of an amazed audience. True craft and showmanship, but a completely different style of music!
I’m influenced by awesomeness… wherever it comes from 🙂
What was your first gig?
We ran a Hip Hop night on the Deansgate Locks in Manchester, back in 2001.
How did it go?
The first night was a massive hit and was a huge moment for me, having been DJing for just under a year at the time. It was just downstairs and the people we’d invited were the perfect crowd – loved hip hop and knew enough about the underground style we played to make it go off. The night turned into a fortnightly event that held 600 people, with breakdancers and the occasional open mic so that first night was a massive boost for me! We even had DJ Cash Money pop down one night so it was a great time of my life 🙂
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Give us a little bio of you – hopes, dreams, goals
I love techno music – I think it’s the best to dance all night to and the crowds at the best techno events are true lovers of the sound. There’s a collective vibe that I haven’t found many other places, where you’ll find partners on the dancefloor for hours, without speaking a word to each other It’s a dream of mine to share the best techno music I can find with people who love to listen to great techno music!
Anything else you want to add?
Stay humble, enjoy what you do, love music and embrace each other’s differences. You’ll usually find there are more similarities!
You can listen to Scopic’s tunes here – https://undergroundkollektiv.co.uk/dj/scopic/