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.