Scott Allen mixes up some of the best forthcoming liquid D&B music that Soul Deep has to offer. The mix also features some of Scott's favorite songs that he's accumulated from talented friends that he's supporting. Check out the mix and the interview that's now available on the SDR website. Check out the interview here to learn more about Scott and the future of SDR: http://www.souldeeprecordings.com/?p=2150
FOKUS FM – SOUL DEEP SPOTLIGHT MIX
By: Scott Allen
Jodi, Macca & Hosta – Nothing to Prove [Dub]
Bank – Magic Hour [Soul Deep Recordings]
Hytec & Bloc One – Soul Lovers [Soul Deep Dub]
Oliver Ferrer & Dirtbag – Gravity [Soul Deep Dub]
Brother – Too Long [Fokuz Dub]
Severity Zero – Blazin’ [Soul Deep Dub]
Malaky & mSdoS – Long Distance [Soul Deep Dub]
Colossus – Ain’t Too Proud [Soul Deep Dub]
Soul Connection – Time Will Tell [Soul Deep Dub]
Madcap & Jaybee – Riverside [Good Looking]
mSdoS – Underground [Soul Deep Dub]
Aquasion – Soul Jazz Funk [Soul Deep Dub]
GT2 – One to Blame (Silence Groove RMX)[Soul Deep Free Giveaway]
Oliver Ferrer – With You [Soul Deep Dub]
Solarcube – Polar Light [Soul Deep Dub]
Capsika & Identified – Home In Myself [Soul Bros]
AN INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT ALLEN // SOUL DEEP RECORDINGS
All Posts, Drum and BassOct 25 20130 Comment
A few weeks back FOKUS’s ‘CeeFour’ caught up with SOUL DEEP head honcho Scott Allen to find out a little about his labels, his projects and discuss the state of Drum and Bass in USA. Since SOUL DEEP’s inception in JANUARY 2011, the imprint has seen a great amount of success and has been established as one of the top LIQUID/DEEP/JAZZY labels in the music game. He has also more recently set up SOUL REBEL, a label more focussed on the Jungle/ Reggae/ Dub side of Drum&Bass.
Scott, could you tell us a little bit about your labels and what you have set out to achieve with them?
I began Soul Deep Recordings about 3 years ago. I started the label with Deeper Connection as an outlet for the Liquid sound that we loved. We felt like there was a void in the market for a label of our style and we began releasing quality music that attracted fans worldwide. After about a year and a half, Deeper Connection decided to leave the label to focus on his own production and deejay career, leaving me in charge of Soul Deep. The label has continued to grow and release quality D&B in a digital and vinyl format and will continue to do so for years to come. My vision for Soul Deep is to eventually create club nights around the globe that feature Soul Deep music and artists who perform for fans of the SDR sound.
About a year ago, I started a label with Marco (Fokuz, Celsius, Influenza) called Soul Rebel Recordings. We teamed up and started the label to help push the Reggae, Dub, and Jungle sound that we both had a passion for. The label releases some of the finest music in these genres in a digital and vinyl format for the deejays of all platforms. Since I have a deep love for Reggae/Dub music it was an easy decision for me to start the label. When I reached out to Marco about teaming up to run the label he told me he had the same idea. The label is headed for big things for sure.
Recently, I started a new sub label of Soul Deep Recordings, called Soul Deep Exclusives. I started the new sub label to release the Soul Deep vinyl songs as digital releases. Also, I’ve hand picked some of the most influential artists to release music on the label.
What first attracted you to the production style of Liquid DnB for you to concentrate on production of that style?
In the early 2000’s I was attracted to the releases from Fokuz Recordings and other influential labels of the era. I was always drawn to music that was deep, had punchy steady drums, and often included lush vocals with sweeping efx. The basslines also attracted me to the sounds of liquid D&B. I was always drawn to the edgy, modulating, and deep sounds of the Liquid D&B basslines. When combined with deep synths and other complimentary sounds, it makes the perfect combination.
What was your first introduction to making music, djing or otherwise?
I was introduced to electronic music in 1992 when I moved to L.A. to attend college. The friends I met at school introduced me to techno/hardcore breaks and it was love at first listen. After about one year of listening to the music and attending weekly club events my friends and I decided to buy our own set of turntables. I started making mix tapes immediately and received a club gig about a week after getting the turntables. One of my friends was listening to the tape in her car and she just happened to have a club promoter in her car. He liked the mix and ended up booking me for my first gig. Things picked up when I met a local record store owners, Simply Jeff and Ron D. Core. They began putting out my mix tapes selling them in their store. They also paid to have my first vinyl release pressed and released world wide. I have an old, obscure breakbeat 12” out that I’m a little embarrased about now, but it was a part of the growing process. I deejayed and produced breakbeat music and toured the country during the 90’s and early 2000’s. In the early 2000’s I found the Progression Session mix series and fell in love with atmospheric/jazzy/deep D&B. I started producing and deejaying D&B music and never looked back.
Apart from DnB in its varied forms, what other styles of music do you listen to? Do they influence your productions at all?
I’m a huge Reggae and Dub fan. I have an extensive vinyl and CD collection full of classic and obscure reggae releases from 1974-1985. I like some of the “modern” reggae, but I’m more selective when it comes to the newer reggae sound. Other than Reggae, I also enjoy downtempo music. I’m a big fan of Thievery Corporation and find myself playing their albums over and over in my car. Growing up, my biggest passion was hip-hop music. I used to listen to rap everyday and take the 30 minute trip into Seattle every week to buy the newest releases to feed my soul. Alternative Rock has also been a genre that I’ve listened to over the years. I went through a phase where I was listening to a lot of the old Bloc Party albums and Interpol albums. Also, from doing so much crate digging, I’ve developed a passion for old Soul music. I would say that I’m definitely influenced by my love for these different genres of music. It doesn’t take long to hear the influence of Dub music in my tunes. Most of my songs feature organic sounding echo efx that remind me of the vintage era of Dub from the early 1980’s.
What’s the best gig you have played so far. In terms of sound system, venue or crowd response?
One of my more recent gigs called “Timeless” has been one of the best I’ve played. The club venue was filled with hardcore D&B fans that appreciated the Liquid D&B sounds. The sound system was great, and I was able to open for and hear Total Science play right after my set. It was a very memorable night.
We seem to see a lot of Liquid producers from USA, is that because other styles of DnB are not as well received on that side of the pond?
In my experience, the harder, edgier D&B tunes tend to draw the bigger crowds in the States. Also, I’ve been to events with Dubstep deejays that are packed and going off. Liquid D&B is an up and coming genre, and it’s one of my goals to help bring it to the forefront of the L.A. scene.
Where do you see yourself progressing to next, what goals have you set yourself?
I’d like to begin deejaying more frequently. The gig bookings have definitely picked up a lot lately, but I’d like to play all over the world and help push the Soul Deep sound. I hope make it over to Europe for a tour by next year, but I’m always really busy with my real job as a teacher and coach. Time is always hard to come by, but now is the time to make the trip. As far as my producing goes, I know I still have a lot to learn. I’m all self taught and I know I’ve just scratched the surface of what I’m capable of learning. I’d like to keep growing the Soul Deep brand and put out more physical releases in the future. I live pretty close to Hollywood, so one of my BIG long term goals is to hear one of my songs, or a song from my label in a major motion picture soundtrack.
Do you have any interesting projects or collaborations in the pipeline?
I have about 5 more songs forthcoming on Good Looking. One of the tracks, a collaboration with Jrumhand, “Love So True”, is set to come out on a GLR 12” by the end of the year. Four of the tracks set for release on GLR are solo songs called, “Dreaming of Darkness, “Everlasting”, “Borsalino” (Remix), and “Soul Complex”. Also, I have an EP set for Soul Deep Exclusives that features collab tunes with talented producers j:logic, and Blade. I have a 12” release set for Fokuz that should be available by the end of the year. Another interesting project I’m working on is a mix CD project with a special guest emcee adding his lyrical flavor over the mix.
And finally, is there any news on any upcoming gigs or releases that people can check out?
It looks like I’ll be playing a gig at Respect in L.A. in November. Also, I’ll be playing a club gig with Place 42 in L.A. in November. I’m tentatively planning a European tour for June, 2014. I’ve never been to Europe before and it’s time for that to change. I’ve been invited by LTJ Bukem to play at Fabric, so I need to make the trip happen. Also, I’ve been invited to play at a club in Switzerland, so I’m planning the trip for when I’m off from work during the summer.
Catch an exclusive guest mix from Scott Allen on FokusFM during our ‘Devils Night’ DnB Special. For more info go to the event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/303899833081064/
Thanks to the Fokus FM crew for hosting the mix and interview!! i appreciate the support!
- Scott Allen