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Scot Project Pharmacy Interview

Author: Carolyn Butcher
Friday, October 28, 2005
Sugar and Spice and all things nice- Scot Project is not a DJ that usually conjures up such mellow images but, in his own words, the deep and dirty swing to his sets combined with hard percussive elements is the 'perfect blend' of the perfect ingredients.
From humble beginnings playing breaks records at local youth clubs, Scot Project has developed into the Hard Trance dominator whom we've all grown to expect heart stopping sets from. Scot Project's first release 'x' is a staple in all hard trance fans record bags and his thumping remixes of tracks like FireWire and Thunder in Paradise will never disappoint.

Tranzfusion caught up with Scot Project to chat before his upcoming Pharmacy gig at Traffic Nightclub, Cup Eve.

Tell us about your love of hard-trance. What is the buzz personally for you as a DJ and what really gets on your nerves-
I always loved the harder edge of trance, hard trance, tech-trance or uplifting trance, but I also listen to all sorts of techno, house, breakbeats and funky stuff. I really don't like cheesy vocal trance or boring hardhouse… anything else I welcome to my record case.

From all of the gigs that you've played, is there any one that stands out as the most memorable-
I've had so many outstanding gigs so far, its hard to mention just one. A wide range of unusual gigs/events from the forest /bush- to the desserts and Volcanoes…Big raves like the Love Parade or Dancevalley to clubs in countries like Columbia, Panama or Indonesia.

What is your favourite track to play and why-
I always like to play my latest productions. It is so good to see the reactions on the dancefloor to a track you have spent a couple of nights on and put lots of efforts into.
A the moment I like Tocs-1 and a remix I did for Yakooza's Wanna Feel The Music.

Are you pleased with the first studio album that you released this year- Was there any specific creative process you applied to produce your first album-
I am quite satisfied with it. It consists of some new tracks and one of my older productions. I haven't had enough time in the last couple of years to finish an album due to too many remixes and travelling. I think this album shows my love of all forms of the harder edge of trance, it is a reflection to my dj- sets as well.

How does seeing the public's response to you playing live affect what you produce in the studio-
It is quite important for me to have the public respond positively. If I produce a track, I always have the crowd pictured in my mind and it helps to make sure that a melody or break is "big" enough.

With the advancement of CD Deck technology and programs such as Final Scratch, do you see a future for Vinyl-
I still see a future for vinyl. The sound quality is much better and you have something in your hands. It is the same with analog equipment or just using software synths in the studio.

I also use CD decks and sometimes final scratch/traktor and it definitely has his advantages. You can carry your whole record collection with you and you don't have to beat match anymore. You can focus on drinking :) or use the effects, or even remix a whole track live. You can download tracks everywhere in the world. mp3´s or software are cheaper compared to high quality analog stuff.

But do you really need 10,000 tracks for a 2-5 hour set- Do you really want to use effects or remix every track in your set (this destroys the original meaning of a track as producers these days know why they make a track as it is). Do you really want to lose your whole collection because of a hard drive collapse , or you lose your little mp3 stick (like a mobile phone)-

I still like my vinyl and analog equipment, and of course the new digital possibilities. For me it is not a question of using only one thing. Use everything you are happy with!

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