By Gregory Miller
In the early '90s, you were kind of like a pioneer of the rave scene. Should we hold that against you?
[Laughs.] Depends if you had a good time or not. I never really tried to design an entire subculture, I just tried to make good music and do my thing, and things developed as they do.
You've been in the industry for quite some time, but this is your first full-length album of original material. What made you decide to put it out now?
I was definitely at a period where I was putting out a lot of music and it was getting out to more and more people. Then I eventually got signed to a huge major label deal, and it was right before the industry began its crumble. The person who signed me to the label soon left, and I was kind of stuck in limbo for a couple years and couldn't put out music. That's when I moved from San Francisco back to New York, my hometown. And for a few years, I worked on a lot of scores, a lot of records and remixing and producing. But it kind of took a while before I was, A) free to actually record an album and B) inspired enough to do it. I totally financed it myself, and I released it independently. It's definitely been a long struggle to get to this point, but this is when it's finished, so this is when it's coming out. [Laughs.]
It's as simple as that?
This material is recent songs that I've done. This isn't leftover stuff or stuff I've been toying away on. I have hundreds and hundreds of recorded and unreleased songs from over the years. You know, another thing that was kind of an inspiration for me in a weird way was when I moved back to New York, I moved just a couple blocks away from the World Trade Center, and it was the year 2000. So living through that whole nightmare and chaos, I think it really eventually made me want to do something positive and uplifting and fun and funky. Something that would help people celebrate because I think people needed that -- I needed that. So I think that's another reason why this came now.
Finally, if someone wanted to sample your music, what is the first song they should download or listen to?
Oh, I thought you meant like sample, like illegally. [Laughs]. It goes in a lot of different places, and it really depends on what style people are into. I think some of the people who have liked some of the music I've made in the past seem to be gravitating toward songs like 'Come On, Come On' and my stuff that's kind of deep and moving. And then people who are into just fun, catchy, funky, poppy stuff seem more drawn to the things like 'Hey Deejay!' But I very much designed it to be an album that was a perfect hour exactly and I tried really hard to make every song good. So I'm not saying everyone's going to like every song, but I really worked equally on all the songs. I want people to be able to listen to it from start to finish without having to hear a bunch of filler crap that artists or labels stick on albums.
Scott Hardkiss's new album Technicolor Dreamer is available in stores now. For more info on Scott head to his MySpace page.