Kode 9 set for Glasgow Numbers date
DJ, producer and owner of the Hyperdub label, which gave dubstep broadsheet appeal by releasing both of Burial’s albums.
Where is he from?
Raised in Hamilton, he’s lived in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Coventry, gained a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and has made his home in South London for the last decade.
How did he get started in music?
‘I started DJing in Edinburgh in the 90s, at the Venue and the Vaults – a bunch of us ran our own funk, hip hop and house night called Arch. Then about ‘98 I got incredibly bored with jungle and really into UK garage, so it was mostly for the music that I moved down south. I started Hyperdub as an online forum in 2000/2001, releasing my own first single in 2004, then Burial’s a year later.’
What does he think of the current dubstep scene?
‘It’s blown up a lot in the last couple of years, which means you get a lot of people who assume that anything is dubstep, you know? They’re maybe quite young, and they don’t know that bass existed before it [laughs]. Sometimes I feel like I could release an R&B single and people would still call it dubstep, but I try not to whinge about it so much. Whinging about something’s not the way to get away from it.’
How’s your own production going?
‘I don’t have a lot of time to do it these days – which I whinge about too! I’m halfway through an album though, which is sounding good. It should be out later this year.’
Kode 9 plays Numbers at the Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 5 Mar, alongside Martyn and Floating Points.