Episodes
Sign up for London / Bristol / Manchester Scuba live shows! scubaoficial.io/live What's it like to mediate a disagreement between members of one of the biggest bands in history? And to do that while you're trying to produce their new record? This is a question which is answered in this week's episode, in which our guest is one of the most prolific producers of Big UK Acts of the last two decades. As well as being a member of Simian Mobile Disco, James Ford (occasionally with his middle name...
Published 04/09/24
Published 04/09/24
How many elite sportsmen know their way round a modular synthesiser? Steve Davis was the first modern star of snooker. He dominated the game in the 1980s, winning six world titles, appearing in 8 of the 9 finals between 1981 and 1989. He was ranked number one in the world for seven consecutive years, posted the first ever 147 maximum break in official competition, and was easily (Alex Higgins hipsters aside) established as the best player ever to play the game by the end of that decade. As...
Published 04/02/24
Coming to you from Dehli, India.... via dodgy mic in a hotel room so don't watch the sound quality! I play Vent in Tokyo this Friday, and will be making my debut in Shanghai this Saturday. On the show this week... What makes an Ibiza DJ? And does anyone want to be one anymore? Chloé Caillet is always talked up that way in the press, but there's a lot more to her than a residency at Circo Loco. One of house music's breakthrough DJs of the post-pandemic era, Chloé has really become a big name...
Published 03/25/24
For the dance producer, a move into scoring film and TV is often a secret (or not-so-secret) career aspiration. Hardly anyone manages to pull it off though. How do you do it? And what is the work and life actually like if you make it? Nathan Micay has released singles and albums on labels including Aus Music and Lucky Me, but now spends most of his time writing music for projects for Netflix and the like. His CV in that area now includes Industry, the new Sexy Beast series, and HBO's Reality....
Published 03/19/24
What connects hair metal on the sunset strip with Burning Man, the Dotcom Bubble, and Planet E Communications? On this this week's episode we find out, with the man who was formerly label manager for Carl Craig's imprint, grew up in the Bay Area and was in the first group of employees and AskJeeves.com...! Monty Luke is a great DJ and producer who has been around the block a few times. We therefore had much to discuss, including the aforementioned journey from dive bars in LA in the late...
Published 03/12/24
The Orb are the biggest ambient act of all time - that's probably true but they were certainly THE ambient band of the 90s, selling enormous amounts of records, touring a live show which drew breathless comparisons to Pink Floyd, arguably inventing the concept of Chill Out, and generally occupying a unique space as a truly experimental group in the mainstream of music.  Alex Paterson is the only constant member of The Orb, who last released an album in 2023, and has the scars of litigation to...
Published 03/05/24
I think this might be a classic episode in the making... it's a really fun and interesting comversation about scenes, new music, new tech, and being a musician.  T.Williams is a UK house don, a close friend and long-time recommendation of previous NDP guest Roska, who has done all sorts of stuff over a long career covering multiple genres, touring with Disclosure, releasing a great new album, but starting all the way back in the early Grime scene as a member of the Black Ops crew in West...
Published 02/27/24
Welcoming Danny Daze back for a second appearance on the podcast. Danny graced us with his presence on episode 32, but a lot has happened since then both in the scene generally and in Danny's life too.  We get deep into his recent album and visual project, Blue, which is a great piece of music but also a really interesting example of how to build a truly engaging visual element into the album format. We talk about constructing spatial audio mixes, Dolby Atmos, the audience perception of...
Published 02/20/24
And we're back! Thanks so much for you patience - the last couple of weeks have been a total nightmare for me actually but I'm happy to say that normal service can now be resumed.  Head over to the Hotflush Bandcamp where we have unveiled a new policy of 'Pay What You Feel' for all catalogue items! Vinyl, CD, tapes, tees, mugs... Name your price on everything. This does NOT cover new releases, as we don't want to be undermining the record shop ecosystem, and digital downloads still have a...
Published 02/13/24
The ongoing travails with my lower back have now eased somewhat, but not in time to record a new episode for this week's show. That IS HAPPENING today however, so there will be a brand new piece of content for you next Tuesday. Or this Thursday if you sign up on Patreon in the meantime, as episodes go live early over there. But in the meantime let's take the opportunity to revisit one of the best episodes of the podcast so far... the one with Dave Clarke. -- From episode 022 (June...
Published 02/06/24
I have been laid up with a serious back problem for nearly two weeks now and haven't been able to record a new episode in that time. But fear not, because we are taking this opportunity to revisit one of absolute my favourite episodes of the show, all the way back to February 2022. Fingers crossed we will be back with a new episode next week! -- From episode 006 (Feb 2022): dBridge is an unequivocal legend of Drum n Bass. From his work as part of Future Forces Inc. on Renegade Hardware in...
Published 01/30/24
Regarding the brevity of the intro... which actually wasn't that brief because I was able to use some audio I'd already recorded to pad it out. The bout of sciatica that I was suffering from last week has got significantly worse and I'm typing this while lying on the floor, where I have been for the majority of the last three days. So that's not great - it may affect the podcast schedule next week but let's hope not. Apologies in advance if it does. And now, on with the show... -- Would you...
Published 01/23/24
Happy new year! A couple of weeks break for me has turned into a bit of a sciatica ordeal, but fear not - the inconvenience of stabbing pains in my legs doesn't stop me recording podcasts. DJ Paulette is an actual legend of the game - a resident at the legendary Flesh night at the Hacienda in the early 90s, she has enjoyed a truly varied and successful career since in many areas of the industry. All of it, or the amount that could fit into 200 pages, is documented in her forthcoming book,...
Published 01/16/24
Happy Holidays! Normal service will resume on Tuesday 16 January. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features regular bonus podcasts and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else. You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast...
Published 12/27/23
Two guests on the show this week - first of all, Ben Morris (Kudos Distribution, and previously heard on NDP episode 63) joins us to discuss the SAULT phenomenon and their already-legendary show in London last week. If you're not familiar with the act then check all of the 11 albums released since 2019 here. After that, it's time for... James Jackson, known in the industry as Jacko, is managing director of radio, club and streaming at Listen Up, one of the bigger UK agencies focused on dance...
Published 12/19/23
Where do you go when you reach the top at the age of 15? The world of turntablism can seem somewhat murky to the untrained eye. What's up with all that competing? Where does it fit in to the culture of dancefloors and clubs? And what has the decline of vinyl DJing meant for the whole thing? A-Trak won the DMC World Championship way before he was old enough to set foot in a nightclub. He then embarked on a truly unique career which has seen him supporting Usher in arenas as Kanye West's tour...
Published 12/12/23
Speedy J is a key figure in the history of Techno, most recently with the development of his improvisational collaborative project Stoor. Check out some of the epic ADE performances:  2023 JakoJako x Karenn (Blawan & Pariah) x Surgeon x Speedy J - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9D0sPIaSY4  2022 Dasha Rush x Rod20 x Rødhåd x Surgeon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMfbX6714j0  So of course we discuss that, but also the 30th anniversary of his landmark album Ginger. Released as part of...
Published 12/05/23
The 2023 Annual Not A Diving Podcast Pledge Drive is here... for ONE FINAL WEEK! For the next week, support the show and receive special benefits... Option 1 - Patreon Musicality Tier (£8.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = the 2024 Musicality t-shirt! Free of charge, postage and packing covered Option 2 - Patreon Solidarity Tier (£3.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = a 50% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items at the Hotflush Bandcamp Store Option 3 - a one-off donation of...
Published 11/28/23
The 2023 Annual Not A Diving Podcast Pledge Drive is here... for one extra week. For the next week, support the show and receive special benefits... Option 1 - Patreon Musicality Tier (£8.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = the 2024 Musicality t-shirt! Free of charge, postage and packing covered Option 2 - Patreon Solidarity Tier (£3.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = a 50% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items at the Hotflush Bandcamp Store Option 3 - a one-off donation of...
Published 11/21/23
The 2023 Annual Not A Diving Podcast Pledge Drive is here! For the next week, support the show and receive special benefits... Option 1 - Patreon Musicality Tier (£8.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = the 2024 Musicality t-shirt! Free of charge, postage and packing covered Option 2 - Patreon Solidarity Tier (£3.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = a 50% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items at the Hotflush Bandcamp Store Option 3 - a one-off donation of £8.50 or USD$10.00 Pledge...
Published 11/14/23
Here's a bonus pod to give you a taste of what being a subscriber is like, because... The 2023 Annual Not A Diving Podcast Pledge Drive is here! For the next two weeks support the show and receive special benefits... Option 1 - Patreon Musicality Tier (£8.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = the 2024 Musicality t-shirt! Free of charge, postage and packing covered Option 2 - Patreon Solidarity Tier (£3.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = a 50% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items...
Published 11/13/23
The 2023 Annual Not A Diving Podcast Pledge Drive is here! For the next two weeks support the show and receive special benefits... Option 1 - Patreon Musicality Tier (£8.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = the 2024 Musicality t-shirt! Free of charge, postage and packing covered Option 2 - Patreon Solidarity Tier (£3.50 per month) Pledge Drive Bonus = a 50% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items at the Hotflush Bandcamp Store Option 3 - a one-off donation of £8.50 or...
Published 11/07/23
It's Bandcamp Friday this week! And we have a 50% sale on everything on the Hotflush Store. Head over there and cop some amazing limited edition vinyl. Use the code nov50 to cop that discount. We are late and in a confused state on the podcast this week... where are the guests?! That's the question I've been asking too over the last 10 days or so. But luckily there have been developments in the Bandcamp story and there's lots to talk about there, so I have taken the opportunity to do so....
Published 11/02/23
Solo pod today... thoughts on the developing situation over at Bandcamp, both on the platform itself and its position in the ecosystem. I read a whole load of stuff so you don't have...
Published 10/24/23