Tony Scott has been producing electronic music since the early nineties under various pseudonyms, but with Edit Select he has found his forte.
His approach to production and editing has gained him a reputation of being a perfectionist with a very healthy back catalogue that includes the classic “Bauer” on Ostgut Ton, “The Sliotar” and “Surface to Air” on Edit Select Records, and debut album Phlox on Prologue.
Having started Edit Select Recordings in 2007, the label has now homed releases from respected artists such as Tadeo, S100, Cassegrain, Dino Sabatini, Terence Fixmer Giorgio Gigli, DaDub, Pfirter, Deepbass and Mark Broom.
To add to this, Tony has a healthy touring schedule, which has seen him tour to places such as Japan, Berlin, Zurich, Munich, Paris and many more. He now sets his sights on Australia for our 3rd birthday, but before he touches down next Friday, we chat to him about his past pseudonyms, the Glasgow techno scene, and new material.
B. Your tour for us next month will be your first time to Australia, what have you heard about the land down under and what are you expecting?
This is my first time in Australia, I’m looking forward to visiting a country which I’ve heard so many good things about, even though it’s a 3 day visit I will be investigating as much as humanly possible. Of course I can’t wait to do my thing over there, hopefully everyone will enjoy the ride.
B. How do you think the techno scene from your hometown in Glasgow, differs from others around the world – Berlin, for example?
I think Berlin is a one-of-a-kind city full of likeminded people so it’s difficult to compare it to any other as it’s by far the most forward thinking in artistic direction. However, Glasgow is slowly building an underground techno culture which I’m pleased to be involved in. Watch this space for more info, lots of projects up my sleeve including a by monthly night …
B. You’ve released under a number of pseudonyms including Percy X, which released three albums and various EPs on Soma Recordings, and had you collaborate with the likes of Mark Broom. Despite this, it seems you’ve abandoned your other aliases to focus on Edit Select. At what point did you decide to concentrate on Edit Select and realise you were finished with your other aliases?
I realised that it wasn’t me, all these projects were fun but had no direction, no seam just track after track etc etc. Also, when my son came along I had to think of myself as a father and business, and do something that would hopefully be respected and have minor flaws if any …
B. You’ve said in previous interviews that Edit Select is the one project that you’re most proud of, why is that?
Edit Select is a step forward in a more professional direction for me, as before I had a few bad moments with projects that I’d like to forget about, so it’s the first step in what has been a long stretched out growing up process for me tbh …
B. Artists can be very self-critical of their own work. How critical are you of Edit Select in comparison with your past aliases? Have you become less or more critical as the years go on?
I’m my worst critic. I hardly play my own tracks as I’ve heard them so many times. However, I now see what I’m doing in a better light and can see modernism moving into my musical direction which I never noticed before.
B. Edit Select’s first and only LP Phlox, was released in 2014. Albums are quite progressive in nature and generally made once an artist is happy with the direction of their sound. Is this one of the reasons why you had held out on releasing more albums under Edit Select in the past?
To be 100% honest I had a complete breakdown health wise a few years back, I couldn’t travel, sleep, do anything. So this is why it has taken me so long to build my profile back to where it should have been 7 years ago. But all good now, more albums are already complete and I’m ready for anything!
B. You’ve been producing and touring since the early nineties; what are some of the key changes that you have noticed in the industry?
The most obvious change is the technology, everything was so set in stone before i.e. – decks, records, big studios full of hardware. Now you only need a laptop and USBs and you’re done …
B. What have you got planned for the rest of 2016?
I have finished a new album with a good friend of mine which I’m not about to give the details just yet. Also I have a collab EP with Mike Parker coming soon, a new track on Semantica, a few remixes as usual and some more Edit Select material …
What track of yours are you most proud of?
Edit Select – How We Fall
Forthcoming on Semantica. It reminds me of that feeling I had listening to Andrew Weatherall when he touched your soul …
What was the first vinyl/CD/tape that you bought?
Human League – Being Boiled (1978)
What was the name of the venue where you had your first gig?
No idea but The Arches was my main venue ..
What was the first piece of equipment you bought?
What are two tracks from Glasgow artists that have influenced your sound today?
I don’t have any idea but Glasgow the city has influenced my sound in itself.
What’s the longest set you’ve played?
Berghain 5 hrs
What’s the shortest set you’ve played?
Usually 1 hr big room sets