Scott Diaz is a British born, US based DJ and producer with releases on Simma Black, Defected and Nervous Records as well as collaborations with the likes of Matt Jam Lamon and Low Steppa to his name.
Diaz is fresh from the launch of his new label Grand Plans, set to become a main outlet for his own music while also allowing him to showcase music from friends and lesser exposed artists.
To kick things off in style it’s the label boss himself that got busy in the studio with the EP Adventures In Self Doubt, a punchy deep house four tracker with just the right amount of summer vibes to get us through the dire ends of September.
Grab a seat, put the tunes on and get to know more about the man himself.
My name is Scott Diaz. I was born in Brighton and grew up in the club. The poor club. When I was a child my idol was Michael Jackson, because the man was a performer and artist like no other. When I was 14, I started falling in love with electronic music. It was then when I realised that I had to make this my life and decided to form a collective of DJ’s, producers to put on club nights and have a shared studio with my like-minded friends. Since then I have been lucky enough to have remixed some of my favourite artists, and played in over 20 countries, including more than 15 states in America.
One of the best gigs I played was West One Rox for Tramlines in Sheffield. It was so much fun to play to thousands of people in the sunshine and to hang out with my Sheffield crew. One of the best gigs I have been to was Back To 95 at Ministry of Sound many years ago. I loved the vibe, the nostalgia, and the music. All of the DJ’s were on point.
Now I live in Philadelphia with my wife. In my house you can find synths, speakers and many books and my refrigerator is usually full with vegetables and fruits, even though I don’t look like I eat well. I enjoy documentaries and comedies a lot. I can spend hours talking. I am often told that I talk too much. One of my favorite places to visit is Las Vegas, because it’s seedy, shit and somehow strangely quite fun and awesome at the same time.
On weekdays I work on music and related stuff, and on weekends I usually work on more music related stuff.
My favorite song at the moment is whatever music I worked on last. Which I agree is a really shit answer. A film I watched lately and really liked was The Wolfpack. The last series I watched and loved was Making A Murderer. I am very inspired by MJ Cole’s discography. I love jazz music and hate inequality and double standards. That’s also what the opening line of my online dating profile used to say. I am addicted to cheese, I just cannot stop eating dairy even though I’m trying really hard to be vegan.
I get totally fucked up when I drink too much whiskey. The next day I need to apologise to people. Ironically I usually buy them a whiskey to make up for it.
Local Suicide reminds me of one of those weird old guys you meet in a bar. You know, the ones that ask you odd questions about the future and who are still searching for the meaning of life.
Tomorrow I will try to be more productive than I was today. Next month I hope to have cleared a shitload of work from my schedule. Next year I might leave the music business. In 10 years I hope Boris Johnson isn’t Prime Minister and the music industry is a bit less fucked.
If I wasn’t a portly disc spinner, I would be a lawyer. I like to debate and I like facts.
If my life was a Hollywood movie, Tim Minchin would have the main role, because having a ginger, skinny-jean wearing Australian comedy genius play me in a movie is clearly a perfect fit. If I could have sex with anyone, it would be my wife. Because she’s beautiful. But also because she can read and I value my life (Hi Kelly!).
If I was a car, I would be a hybrid – able to adapt. If I was an animal, I would be a Bulldog. I too am ugly, lazy and hate walks. If I was a drug I would be pure MDMA – reach for the lazers, safe as fuck. If I was an invention, I would be the telephone – I am conversation personified. If I was an object, I would be a potato. Tbh it’s been one of my goals to be a potato for while now. If I could date myself, I doubt the relationship would last long. I’m argumentative and annoying.
If I could play with anyone it would be Stevie Wonder. I would like to collaborate with MJ Cole Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, Sia, Kenny Dope, Max Graef, Donell Jones, Fouk & Frits Wentink.
If I had only one wish, it would be health, happiness and money for everyone I care about.
I would never kill a person, mostly because it’s really hard to get away with it these days..
My word of advice to the reader would be to check out my new „Adventures In Self Doubt EP“ on my fresh lovely shiny label, Grand Plans. And look after your teeth. And stay in school. And stay off my lawn.