The Scottish dance music scene has always been a thriving and passionate place. As a nation, we’ve had our fair share of worldwide success and the list of Scottish artists who have established themselves amongst all-time greats continues to grow. Furthermore, while the house, techno, trance and experimental scenes have remained underground, Scottish clubbers can always be counted on to fill up these events due to their undying love for the music.
Over the last few years, dance music has experienced a commercial revival and while many prefer a dark basement venue over a big festival stage, no one can dispute that it’s amazing to see many opportunities for creativity arising as a result. In years gone past, we firmly believed it was difficult to get recognised as a DJ or a producer. A huge reason for this was through lack of understanding of mixing and production techniques, which are far more accessible now through studios like SKapade, subSine, and online sources. There is also a larger spectrum of people involved in dance music whose expertise can be called upon by the future generation.
Furthermore, costs and availability made it extremely difficult to get your hands on studio equipment, let alone learn how to use it. Colleges, studios and clubs began opening their doors to young DJs and producers as the popularity of electronic music gained more traction, instantly giving them access to the equipment they needed. This allowed them to concentrate on the most important thing… the music.
These changes coupled with the number of people investing their lives into electronic music, signified a recognition of dance music as a credible style and a shift away from the outdated mentality of ‘anyone can make music on a computer or mix two records together’.
Through sharing best practices, supporting local artists and spreading positivity within the scene, we can make learning music production and honing DJ skills accessible to all at a fair price.
Due to globilization, producers can become overnight sensations with one track. Never before has it been so easy for your music to be heard through mediums such as Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and YouTube allowing upcoming DJ’s and Producers to have a platform to get noticed. There’s never been a better time to get started as a bedroom producer or DJ and, potentially make a living from it. If you are thinking this could be you, don’t rest on your laurels. The scene is flourishing and anyone who’s not on board will be left behind!
Cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee are leading the way with some of the best house, techno and trance nights in the UK as well as Europe. Glasgow's techno scene being especially dominant on a global scale. It’s amazing to see upcoming DJs and producers get their music recognised as well as seeing some familiar faces getting back in the studio or behind the decks.
Yes, the scene is hold at the minute but we should be well placed to pick up where we left off soon enough! Glasgow's scene especially will rise once again! As Scot's we are used to setbacks, it's through facing these head on and being creative that sets us apart as a nation!
What do you think 2020 holds for dance music production and the underground scene in Scotland? How will the Coronavirus affect our scene? What opportunities will arise in such a difficult time for the economy? Let us know in the comments!
The Skapade Team.