Out Now Magazine Spotlight series featuring Scott the Pisces for an exclusive interview
Scott the Pisces is a British record producer and song-writer from London, United Kingdom. In 2021 he kickstarted his career under the alias ‘Scott the Pisces’, releasing his self produced and written debut EP ‘Ocean Blue’ with features from renowned artists such as ‘Aleesia’. He has just released his new single Crazy About You. His sound is predominantly electronic, fuelled with what can only be described as a sonically nostalgic take on modern Pop music.
Hi Out Now Magazine, thank you soo much for having me on your platform!
Tell us about yourself
My name’s Scott the Pisces; I’m a 23 year old British record producer, and song writer from London. I’ve just released my new single Crazy About You with Raene and I’m super excited about it!
When did you start making music?
I started dabbling in production when I was 13, with the demo version of Fl Studio 8 at the time. It consisted of me trying to replicate all the music I was listening to at that age, a lot of trial and error. It was a good learning curve as it helped me to develop my ear at a young age. My first official releases under my old alias came when I was 16, and they’re still up today.
How do you describe your music?
I’d say my music is a nostalgic take on classic and modern pop music, with my own touch. I’m constantly trying to capture that feeling I had when I was younger, when life was a much simpler time. There’s blends of all genres, overt Pop, Hip Hop, RnB, Electronic, I tend to be all over the place when it comes to inspiration; I listen to a wide range of genres.
Favorite moment from your career?
Prior to being Scott the Pisces, I was lucky enough to play an absolutely incredible gig DJing. I was 18 years old, fresh out of school and I managed to get myself a gig with Chase & Status for their after party at Ministry of Sound, London. This was back when I was under the alias ‘Spectrum’. It was definitely one of the cooler moments of my career so far. I still have the flyer printed out and framed on my wall.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
There’s honestly too many to count, my top few would be Dr Dre for his sonic quality, it blows my mind how his 2001 album still holds up today. Kanye West for his creative genius, I grew up with The College Dropout on repeat and I have no regrets. Max Martin for inventing that brilliant pop formula that we’ve heard in every single chart smash of the last 20 years. Benny Blanco for all the little nuances he adds to his music, the attention to detail I admire a lot. Notable mentions would be Timbaland, Just Blaze, J Dilla, Daz Dillinger, Disclosure, Diplo, honestly the list would go on forever!
What other things do you do besides making music?
I find myself skateboarding a lot more recently, as well as getting back into playing guitar for fun. I used to be quite a big gamer, but I had to tone it down because I know how addictive it can get. I also love going back to movies from my childhood and prior; lots of 80s/90s movies and TV shows stay on repeat in my house.
What is your producing software?
I currently use Logic Pro X for everything. Some plugins that have changed my mixing life would be Fab Filter’s Pro Q3, Soothe 2, Oxford’s Inflator, and Gullfoss.
What is your favorite track of all time?
That’s impossible to decide, but one that does stand out is Kanye’s – Never Let Me Down featuring Jay Z from 2004. There’s a magic to that record that I wish everyone could experience at least once in their lifetime. It fully captures a moment in time.
What is your best-producing tip?
It’s all about feeling. You can get super technical with production, but the majority of people are only going to listen based upon the feeling it gives them. It’s about creating value for the listener. There’s plenty of tracks from the 70s that aren’t sonically amazing, yet stand the test of time with more grace than a lot of the music coming out today.
Why did you start making music?
It just felt right, if you’ve ever been drawn to something before then you’ll know exactly what I mean. Some artists call it a form of therapy, others love the rush of performing on stage. For me it’s a mix of everything, a way to express ourselves as humans in ways that many seem to miss. I don’t see the point in living a life where we can’t pursue our dreams and the things that make us happy. As far as we’re aware, there’s no definite explanation for our existence as humans – and with life being such a fragile thing, there’s no certainty that we’ll see tomorrow. So I’d rather not spend my life living for someone else knowing it could all be for nothing, I’d rather pursue happiness, and leave a legacy that inspires the next generation.
What are your goals for the future?
To be able to live a sustainable life solely from the creation of music, and the arts as a whole. I’d love to have a few number 1 records, as well as roles in movies. It would be amazing to one day start an organisation to give back to the community I grew up in, with creative arts programs for the younger generation. There’s a lot that I’d like to achieve in this life, but right now I’m just trying to find that balance; that specific action to open the doors to the next opportunity.
What advice can you give for young music producers/DJs?
Be yourself, and be genuine. I think we’re past the era of fake-ness, at least I want us to be. Work hard on your craft, and respect the craft. Don’t try to buy your way to a position someone is working day and night to get to; there’s no longevity in that. Along with being genuine, don’t take credit for someone else’s work, there’s millions of artists wanting to have an impact; and with all the opportunities the internet has delivered, there’s no reason why you can’t learn to do it yourself. Stay inspired, and don’t let it feel like a chore. Environment is everything, surround yourself with the right people, the right vibe and work out your goals. The wrong circle will lead you astray. Most importantly, have fun with it.
Please write a message to your fans.
Thank you guys for having me, I appreciate it immensely! To all my fans, or soon to be fans, please support all the music I put out by clicking the save button, the like button and adding the tracks to your playlists. I spend months working on these songs, as well as putting in all the that comes with releasing them; a simple action on your favourite platform really helps me out a whole lot more than you would think. Platforms like Spotify favour artists more in their algorithmic playlists when they’re getting positive interaction from fans! In return I’ll continue providing value to everyone listening. Thank you!
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