One of Detroit's most loyal sons tells us about his record collection and booking Jeff Mills as a teenager.
Patrice Scott is one of dance music’s great keepers of the deep. A native of Detroit and a DJ since the 1980s, he was a late comer to the studio, releasing his first works in the mid 2000s. Resolutely exploring a deeper, denser planet of moody chords and synthesizer textures, his music is real-deal, deep house. For many people, Detroit is a more than just a place, it's a musical ideal. An idea of techno or deep house that lies within an ocean of music and Scott is one of the city’s great defenders of that sonic tradition.
Ibiza Voice: What's new with you?
Patrice Scott: I have a new EP coming in the next couple of weeks on Sounds of the City (France) titled ‘Reborn Goodness.’ Other than that, I’m just keeping busy playing gigs, making new music and spending time with my loved ones.
What's your opinion on the talent drain of underground techno artists moving from the States to Berlin? Berlin is great for individual careers but is it a problem for the scene in the US as a whole?
I understand why people move to Berlin to pursue a DJ career but at the same time I don’t. I think people should try to develop what we have here in the States and make it bigger and better. Make it what it use to be. This is where it all started, and there should be some type of foundation and ground in the States for this scene. In other words, it should be bigger than what it is.
Where do you get your music from?
I have several favorite record shops, the list is too long to start naming. I don't allot a certain amount of time to dig. When I am in the mood it happens. I like to keep life simple.
Tell us about your record collection?
I have a record collection of over 10,000 records. I started collecting when I was five years old. I have a variety of music, from house to soul, funk, jazz, rock’n’roll, hip hop and so forth.
Describe the scene you came up in?
I came up during the time when house was just getting its feet wet. Chicago and Detroit were thriving with house and techno, but the greatest influences for me at that time in Detroit were a local group of DJs called Direct Drive. I heard them play at a backyard party when I was about 12 or 13 and that's when I knew I wanted to play electronic music.
The clubs and DJs that influenced me back in that time were the Music Institute Club in Detroit and as far as DJs go, there were many: Electrifying Mojo, Jeff Mills, Derrick May, and a little further west, the Chicago cats like Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles and a few others really inspired me.
When I was about 16 or 17, some friends and I had a party in Detroit and we booked Jeff Mills as a special guest (before he became famous outside of Detroit) and playing with him was such a great honor as well as a learning experience
Can you sum up Detroit in 2017?
Detroit in 2017 is great. The scene is thriving just like the city is at this time and we have a few clubs that consistently invite good DJs and provide a quality product on a consistent basis.
What are you most excited about most in music right now?
I’m excited to see such young artists coming up and realizing what is real music and what is not. It’s nice to see them try to educate people on music that makes sense. Music with energy, passion and emotion. Music that is from the heart. As far as trends, I try to stay away from that. It’s not my thing.
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