Q & A with Scott Garcia

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Q: With the UKG sound so influential on the young generation's music making, I hear you've never been busier? Can you fill us in on your recent club highlights and festivals? And what about your releases, and what's been happening with your own recordings - do you run a label ?

It's certainly been a busy year so many highlights but if I had to pick out one I'd say club wise the last Jamm Sessions at Brixton Jamm was definitely memorable. I was playing b2b with Sticky under our Foundation alias and we dropped the Sunships classic "Flowers" and suddenly the stage and the booth was invaded by about 20 girls! There was one security guard trying to clear them out but they were dodging him, and it all got a bit Benny Hill. Festival wise, having what felt like the entire festival sing the words to Kele Le Roc's "My Love" at this year's United Festival will be remembered fondly for years to come. Good times!

On the production front 2014 was another quiet year for me personally as its been difficult to find the time to be in the studio. However we have been putting out some great new UKG and House tracks on my label, Kronik Music with lots more in the pipeline for next year too.

Q: How would you describe the Scott Garcia sound to someone who has no idea who or what you are?

Bumpin bass and chopped up vocals with jagged beats and some bleepy sounds

Q: Your DJ schedule continues worldwide and does touring still excite you and how do you approach each date?

I love playing my sound in new and obscure places, and although the constant travelling can sometimes get you down, the show will usually put the smile back on your face. I've always believed that as a DJ you are only as good as your last set so I try to ensure that I deliver the goods and get everybody losing their sh*t on the dance floor! Anything less is a failure.

Q: You are part of London's amazing musical heritage and which personalities/DJs shaped and helped you on your path? Were there any other major influences such as clubs/scenes etc ?

Matt 'Jam' Lamont was the first DJ I followed and continues to be a huge inspiration to me. Also more recently working with Sticky on the Foundation project has been such a great journey - the man is a genius.

Q: A regular favourite at Back To 95 events, and how does it feel to be thought of so highly and invited back to play at their Boxing Say Special

It's an honour to get the call up for my 2nd Back to 95 Boxing day in a row! Its always a great event but the Xmas parties have an extra special vibe.

Q: Have you got anything special up your sleeve for your set at BackTo95 Boxing Day Special on Friday December 26th? Do you have any secret weapons you can share with us ?

Haha! you will have to wait and see, if I shared the weapons with you they wouldn't be secret anymore!

Q: How does it feel to have been working in the music scene for almost twenty years and what are your future plans?

Maybe one day I will grow up and get a proper job, who knows? but I'm happy for now. Planning to get into the studio more in 2015

Q: How do you manage to keep it fresh, new and I guess, vital. Is it a case of pressure as a legendary DJ & Producer to always be one step ahead in the house scene?

It's important to stay in touch with what is going on out there in the club world and to keep a finger on the pulse when it comes to new music and talent. I've also found it's more important to enjoy what you do rather than obsess about what others do.

Q: Is there any producer or track that you’re particularly psyched about right now or any new stuff upcoming that's rocking your world and why?

I've signed some really nice tracks to Kronik recently and we have two EP's dropping in December which are Jackmaster K's 'Sound of Music EP' and the 'No Words EP' by Operator S. Really hyped about both of these and you can stream a sampler on the Kronik Music Soundcloud page

Q: Do you have an unforgettable memory during your musical career?

Sun City at the Temple in North London New Years Eve, 1997. It was the first really big crowd I played to and I remember being so nervous before I went on, but the buzz of looking out across all the people going mad on the dance floor was unforgettable.

Q: How and when were you first infected by dance music? 1st record you ever bought on earliest musical memory?

I was always really into music as a kid. I would constantly play through my mum and dad's record collection so I suppose the first dance music I heard would have probably been a Diana Ross disco track

Q: What was your first break in music and did it set you on your path?

My good friend Phil Harris ran an event called "The Real Thing" , and was a huge help back in the early days. He was a budding promoter who went from doing small illegal basement parties to selling out the 2000 capacity Rocket Club in Holloway and hosting a weekly event called Passion at the SW1 Club (now Pacha) in Victoria. I was a resident DJ and was lucky to be able to grow with his brand and cut my teeth in the industry.

Q: before you leave us, can you tell us something you think we should all be listening to before we head out the door to the Back To 95 Boxing Say Special?

You should check out the new 'Syndicate' track on Operator S' No Words EP - it's got that real 95-esque feel to it.