We share our thoughts on dance music production in Scotland and how it’s changed over the years.
The Scottish dance music scene has always been a thriving and passionate one. As a nation, we’ve had our fair share of worldwide success and the list of Scottish artists who have established themselves amongst the all time greats is pretty unbelievable when you break it down. Along with this, while the House, Techno, Trance and Experimental scene we’re known for has remained primarily underground, Scottish clubbers can always be relied upon to fill up events and this is testament to their love for the music.
Over the last few years, dance music has experienced a commercial revival and while many prefer a dark unknown basement venue to a big festival stage, no one can dispute that it’s great to see so many opportunities for creativity arising as a result. When we were younger, we firmly believed it was far more difficult to get recognised as a DJ or a producer. We feel a huge reason for this was a lack of awareness of mixing and production techniques, which are now more readily available through tuition via studios like ourselves, other like minded businesses and through online sources. There are also a far larger spectrum of people involved in dance music whose expertise can be tapped into by the next generation.
As well as this, back in our day, costs and availability made it extremely difficult to even get your hands on a bit of kit to begin with, let alone learn how to actually use it. But once again, through colleges, studios and clubs opening their doors to young DJs and producers to facilitate their musical education, this step in their journey instantly becomes a lot less difficult, allowing them to concentrate on the most important thing… The music.
In our eyes, these changes and the amount of people investing their lives into electronic music in this country signify a recognition of dance music as a credible style and a shift away from the outdated mentality of ‘anyone can make music on a computer or mix two records together’.
Our ethos is that through sharing best practices, supporting local artists and spreading positivity within the scene, we can make the difficult, frustrating, early learning stage something that people trying to educate themselves on the craft of Djing or production don’t need to experience.
Due to changes in the music industry, particularly regarding digital download, it has become more accessible than ever. We’re living in an age where producers can become overnight sensations and one track is literally all that it takes. There’s never been a better time to get started as a bedroom producer or DJ and potentially make a living from it, so if you’re reading this and thinking this could be you, don’t hang about. The scene is flourishing and anyone who’s not on board will be left behind!
Also, with the popularity of social media giving producers and DJs a voice on a global scale, it is easy to see how the underground Dance music scene is thriving across the globe. Never before has it been so easy for your music to be heard through mediums such as Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter and many other media platfroms allowing upcoming DJ’s and Producers to have a voice.
In Scotland, cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee are leading the way in some of the best House, Techno and Trance in the UK as well as Europe and even the world. It’s amazing to see upcoming DJs and producers get their music out there as well as some familiar old faces getting back behind the console or decks.
What do you think 2017 holds for dance music production and the underground scene in Scotland? Let us know in the comments! and from all of us down here, we hope you have a productive year!
The Skapade Team.