Soul Deep Exclusives is thrilled to announce that the second release in the Artist Spotlight Series is now available!! Long Beach Resident, Scott Allen, steps up to the plate and delivers 15 tracks that give the listener a view Straight into his heart and soul. Each song personifies the love and passion that Scott has for the music. Over the years, Scott has carved out a niche for himself with a number of songs and releases on labels like Fokuz, Good Looking, Soul Deep, Jazzsticks, Smooth N Groove, Liquid V, Celsius, Liquid Drops, Sheer Velocity, and many more. The Soul Signal LP represents his first full length album endeavor since the last one in 2012. From heartfelt vocal songs, to heavy Amen rollers, Dubwise stompers, to stripped down atmospheric tracks, the Soul Signal LP provides an epic journey from beginning to end. The album features stellar guest appearances from the talented Stamina (SF) resident, Emcee Tell, a Remix from San Francisco native, Jamal, and a collaboration song with Furney and one with A.K.A. The album release is accompanied by an interview that was conducted, which helps provide insight into what inspired Scott to write the album. The interview is included below.
The positive reviews have been rolling in from many producers that I respect. I find music production to be a very personal, artistic expression. To hear that people that I respect like the album is such a great feeling. Thanks so much for your kind words!
Random Movement – 10/10 – “Dude, Scott–This is a really great album, man. The vibe is just right :)”
Stunna – 10/10 – “Stellar release from Scott!!”
Overfiend – 10/10 – “Superb”
Physics – 10/10 – “Wicked tunes, great LP”
Jason Magin – 10/10 – “Big Selection…very tough to pick just one favorite!”
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Scott Allen – The Interview
Hey Scott, thanks for taking the time to talk to us about your album and other things going on in your life. We’re amazed at the success of Soul Deep and your solo music projects you have going.
What was the inspiration for your new album on Soul Deep Exclusives?
Well, I actually wrote about 60% of the material during the last Christmas holiday. My full time job keeps me very busy, so I love having time off to focus on writing songs. I drew the inspiration from listening to good music, whether it’s Soul, Reggae, Dub, 80’s, Drum & Bass, Downtempo, Hip-Hop, Jazz, or R&b. When I would hear a good song that moved me, I felt inspired to write music. Also, I drew inspiration from going to clubs and hearing music played on big systems. Music is always exciting to me, especially when I hear it really loud and the bass is repeatedly punching me in the chest. I’ve enjoyed discovering new artists and bands while crate digging at my favorite record shops. I find the crate digging process VERY inspiring, and fun at the same time.
What’s new with Soul Deep?
I feel so blessed, as the label output just keeps getting stronger and stronger. I’m excited about the new series I’ve started, called the Artist Spotlight Series. The Series releases timeless music by some of my favorite artists, and gives them a platform for their fans to learn more about them. Along with the Soul Deep music release, the artists in the series have a full interview posted to the Soul Deep website that helps provide insight into what inspired the music on the album or EP. Learning more about the artists and their inspiration helps the listener appreciate the music they’re hearing even more, as they feel more connected to the highlighted artist/s. You can expect future Artist Spotlight albums from the likes of Greekboy, Conspire, Soul Connection, FX909, A.K.A, and many more. Also, there’s a new Soul Deep vinyl release dropping very soon featuring music from mSdoS & Subsid and Payback & Conspire. The vinyl release will be available for delivery on August 23rd! I’ll also let people know that the next vinyl release on Soul Deep will feature the amazing sounds of Madcap. You can expect his EP to drop in December. The label will also feature more of the digital releases from some of your favorite Soul Deep artists including mSdoS, Atlantic Connection, Madcap, Subsid, Soul Connection, Greekboy, Simplification & L-Side, Soultec, Decon, Muwookie, Changer, A.K.A, Furney, Viewer, Physics, Askel & Elere, and many more.
How did you get into Drum & Bass music?
I was introduced to Electronic music back in 1992, during my first year in College. I was comparing Hip-Hop collections with some of my new found friends in the dorms. They decided to play me a mix of that consisted of Hardcore Breaks and I fell instantly in love with the whole vibe of the music. I found familiarity with the breaks, from my history of collecting Rap music, and I enjoyed the energy that I felt while previewing the mix. We started going out to clubs and checking out different Deejays, often going out 2-4 times per week. I was always into the D&B sound, but when I heard the sound that Good Looking Records began putting out, that was the sound for me. I went out to see Bukem Deejay many times, and the feeling I got from his sets was intoxicating. I began bedroom producing Drum & Bass in about 1999, and have been working on honing my skills ever since.
What other projects do you have going at the moment?
Besides my solo album that drops very soon, I’ve finished 2 albums worth of material with Furney. Our first collab album will be dropping in mid September. It’s been great working with Furney, as he’s always been one of my favorite producers. I have a new project that I’ve started with Tyler & Chris, from Smooth N Groove. We’ve started a new vinyl record label, called Rhythm Syndicate Records, which will feature music from some of our favorite artists in the scene. We’ve also been throwing events together in various locations, and bring our signature sound to different cities for all to enjoy. Our next events will be held in October, at Stamina in San Francisco, and at Respect in Los Angeles. We have a couple of other dates coming together for a small East Cost U.S.A. Tour in early to mid 2020. Stay tuned for more information to be released soon about future dates and events. I enjoy collaborating with like-minded producers, and have many forthcoming songs with artists such as Furney, mSdoS, Subsid, Viewer, Critical Event, and many more.
How did you link up with Smooth N Groove and start throwing events?
Chris & Tyler we’re visiting California and asked if we could meet up and talk music. After chatting with the guys, I could see their obvious passion for the music. I was going to Greece for an Event in 2017. I asked Tyler and Chris if they could make the trip, as it promised to be an amazing experience. Chris ended up making the trek out and we spent a lot of time talking about our respective labels and how we’d like to see them grow. We both had dreamed about throwing events, but were unsure of how to go about it. We figured that as a TEAM we could definitely put on a great show and bring our favorite artists some exposure in the process. Our first event was held in Northampton in 2018, and we were thrilled with the amount of support from the Drum & Bass community. People came from far and wide to see our once in a lifetime event lineup. The night went so well that these events have become a regular occurrence. We have many more ideas in the works, so stay tuned…
If you’re not working on the label, or producing music, what else do you find yourself doing?
I’m a Primary grade School Teacher as my day job. I teach Physical Education to students between the ages of 6 and 12. I also coach Boys Water Polo for a local High School in Long Beach. Between teaching and coaching, a majority of my weekdays are spoken for. When I get home from work, I spend most of my time hanging out with my wife and my 7 year old son. I take a lot of pride in my yard, so I spend a lot of my weekends outside maintaining the pool and the rest of the property. We get a lot of great weather in Long Beach, so we spend a lot of time as a family by the pool. I’ve also become a big fan of traveling, so I spend some of my time searching for new adventures around the world. I live in a Mid-Century modern home, so I’ve also found a new passion for learning more about Architecture. I enjoy touring homes, often gathering inspiration for my own property. Also, I’ve started a mastering business, so I spend time with songs, getting them to sound their best. Lastly, like every other music junky, I like to spend time searching for new artists, bands to follow, and adding my ever growing record collection.
You say that you like to travel. Where have some of your favorite travel destination?
I’ve seen so many wonderful locations over the years, but I think my favorite has been the Greek Islands, especially Santorini. I have also loved my visits to Italy, Croatia, France, and the United Kingdom. I’ll be heading back to Italy again this summer, as I’ll be accompanying the Water Polo Team on their training trip to the Italian coastline.
What are your favorite Genres of music to collect and listen to?
Besides Drum & Bass, I really enjoy collecting Reggae & Dub Music. I love the period of Reggae from about 1974-1984, so a lot of the Reggae music I search for is out of print and rare. I’m also a big fan of 80’s music, downtempo, Hip-Hop, Alternative, and Soul Music.
Where can the fans of your music learn more about you and your upcoming releases?
The best way to follow Scott Allen, Soul Deep, and Rhythm Syndicate, is to follow on SoundCloud. I tend to post new music every week or so. Facebook and Instagram are also great places to start when wanting to learn more about fresh music releases. The Soul Deep Recordings website is also a great place to check for news and forthcoming releases.
Would you like to give a shout out to anyone?
Yes, I’d like to give a big shout out to my wife, who puts up with all my late nights in the studio and all the constant talk about music projects. We’ve been married for over 10 years now and I feel fortunate to have found such a loving and understanding life partner. I’d like to shout out to my son, Landon. Let’s keep working on your Deejay and production skills! I’d also like to give a shout out to Chris and Tyler, from Smooth N Groove, who have become close friends over the last couple of years. Thanks for all of your feedback on my music, and for helping to push the genre that we love! I’d also like to give a shout out to the local Long Beach Water Polo Team that I help coach. I know that they’ll probably be on SoundCloud checking out the new tunes. Big shouts to my family who has always supported me and not judged me for loving this music and scene. An extra special shout goes out to the Soul Deep family. I appreciate the artists that send music my way, and I look forward to pushing your music as we navigate this scene together.
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