The 41st episode of our 12 Questions segment features Scott Andrews aka Scotty.A. The UK producer has a new remix of Paul Hazendonk ‘Urban Suitcase’ out now on Manual Music. Please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with Scotty below.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Scotty: There are many tracks from over the years that really make a difference, but the one that as you put it ‘solidifies’ my passion for electronic music as a whole is ‘Ulrich Schnauss – A letter from home’, this will never grow old, it still blows my mind now just as much as it did the first time!
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Scotty: First gig was about 10 years ago, in a small club in my home city of Norwich, UK. It was on a Thursday night and I played trance to about 15 people!
My last gig was a few weeks ago for Golden Wings Radio at Voodoo Motel, Buenos Aires, Argentina! Naturally im sure i dont need to explain how good that was, it’s comforting to know how much things have progressed for me in the last 10 years.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Scotty: One of the first records (VINYL!!!) i remember purchasing was Sasha & Darren Emerson – Scorchio, i was 14 at the time!
The most recent track i purchased was yesterday on Bandcamp, John Daly – Sea Level, sooooooo good! 🙂
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Scotty: I would say it was last August, during my first tour of Argentina. I traveled across the country to play in Mendoza and played for over 3 hours to a packed club, then with very little sleep I caught a flight back to Buenos Aires to play in Restaurant that was being transformed into a club for the night courtesy of Golden Wings Music! Was a super intimate and a unique setting and was rammed from the start. You had to be there i guess but the atmosphere was just amazing and really felt a strong connection with the audience, I then made the 15hour flight back to the UK after that. Needless to say i was an emotional wreck after such an epic weekend. The people i met and shared my music with along the way, are what made that experience such a highlight.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Scotty: I have a twin sister… no we do not look alike!!!
On a more musical note, it always comes as a great suprise to people, the amount of house and techno I play in my sets now, my sound is changing and slowly my productions will aline with that fact.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Scotty: Interesting question! I think Artist Such as Lake Poeple, Baikal, Junior Gee are all on there way to much bigger things, then you have such artists as Gorje Hewek & Ivhevski, Masaya (CH), Tobsen Graale, Navar & Igor Cold who are making great music and should be rated more highly. Its hard to place what level of discovery they’re at, but their potential is clear!!
…and im totally biased when i say this, but Mike Griego, Anthony Yarranton, Frank Marris & Lee Williams certainly deserve more credit and are on their way to breaking through (If they haven’t already).
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Scotty: eerrrr how long have you got?? The list is very large, so many talent artists that I have enjoyed discovering and taking influence from there work. Guy Gerber & Minilogue are certainly two names which really stand out for me right now, to me they are in a league of there own in terms of the music they create and the way its presented.
On a more obscure note, the Film Score Producer Cliff Martinez (Traffic, Drive, Contagion) is a big inspiration for me, his work delivers tension and emotion, in a very similar way that ambient techno does.
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Scotty: Its very hard to say, as i feel when i hear a great track it should be left alone. I would say i would be really interested (and honoured of course!) to remix one of Cliff Martinez’s Scores… I would love to incorporate his sound design into a track that i could play in my sets. As for who I would love to see on the remix for me… Sasha, no further words needed!
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Scotty: These questions are getting harder!! This is true, but one of the things i enjoy most about being a dj is that constant hunt for music and discovering new labels and artist. Without mentioning the obvious ones, there are some great new labels coming through right now; Something Happening Somewhere, Rumors, Maeve, Cyclic… and then more established labels like Darkroom Dubs, Mina and 8bit still putting out such a high standard of music. Every week I discover something new (to me) and even more underground which excites me and maintains my faith!!
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Scotty: Sasha – Involver2, i dont really need to explain that one do I.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Pizza!! ….from Pappa Johns preferably
Drink: A cold, crisp pint of Erdinger or Spiced Rum & Ginger Ale!
Drug: Ambient, hypnotic House/Techno
Animal: My Cat, Lucy!
TV Show: 24: Live Another Day (S9) & Brooklyn Nine Nine
Movie: Drive would always be my first answer to this, recently watched Lone survivor & out of the furnace, both really good!
Video Game: I don’t really get time, but Battlefield 4 was pretty cool.
Album: Tycho – Awake, Sascha Dive – Dark Shadow, Donato Dozzy – K
Track / Song: extremely hard question…. off the top of my head ‘CubenX – Paravada Nocturna’ & iO – Crawling (Deep Square Remix)
Producer / Band: Dave DK, Matthias Meyer, Agaric, Christian Burkhardt… the list goes on!
Record Label: ..now to be more obvious, Pokerflat, Ovum, Innervisions, Cocoon!
Nightclub: Trouw (Amsterdam, NL), so sad its closing 🙁
DJ: Patrice Baumel & Guy gerber
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Scotty: M83 – Colours (Sasha remix)
Scotty’s remix of Paul Hazendonk ‘Urban Suitcase’ is out now on Manual Music, you can purchase the release: here