SKapade Studios, UK leaders in DJ and production education and Scotland’s only Pioneer DJ accredited school, have announced the launch of their new label, SKapade Records. Founded by Stephen Kirkwood, one of the country’s most exciting Techno producers in his own right, the label will hone in on the best in homegrown talent and provide a platform for emerging artists to develop. Stephen also has new track, Hawk Eye, out on this label, which he talks about below as well as establishing the new label.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like?
Hi! The reception of the track has been great. It’s an emotional track this one which I think reflects the current situation we are all feeling in the world right now! The track was actually born during lock down in March so it will always remind me of this strange period.
TF: Not only have you released a track, you have set up the label to release it on, can you tell us more about this?
Creating a label was always in the long term plans, but over the years we were so focused on working on music in the studio, doing creative work with schools and charities, we didn’t feel we had the time to properly commit to a label. This pandemic has brought the idea of having a label to the forefront and for us having a place to release the abundance of music we as a collective are creating. We have always felt Scotland needed a proper platform to help launch up and coming artists onto the scene. That is what we have achieved as a music studio, now it’s time to add the label element which I am extremely excited about!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
I have some releases coming out on some other labels including Subculture and Simma Black, both very different tracks! I work under a few different aliases too which I quite enjoy! I am also working away on some very exciting vocal tracks under my own name which I plan on getting out there next year. These new tracks are going to be a little bit different from me & I think can be supported across genres.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
HAS to be Amnesia Ibiza, I have played there over 5 times, there is something so magical about that place, the energy, the island. It’s the place of all places as a DJ you want to play and experience what it is like to sculpt a set to a legendary crowd. I hope we can all get back there soon to experience it again! In terms of the next gig, I really enjoyed playing Riverside in Glasgow & would love to do it again. Then I have my sights on the USA!