Scuba is the production and DJ alias of Paul Rose, the curator of one of the original dubstep labels, Hotflush Recordings, which released some of the most important tracks of the genre’s formative period and has grown into a leading player in the wider world of electronic music. A celebrated and influential DJ, he was voted #25 in Resident Advisor’s 2011 poll of the world’s Top 100 DJs.
Originally from London, Scuba relocated to Berlin in 2007, a move which (according to some) influenced his critically acclaimed debut album, 'A Mutual Antipathy' (Hotflush 2008). The stylistic synergy of the album cemented his position as one of the most forward-thinking producers to emerge from the London bass scene. The project was subsequently completed with a series of seminal remixes by Surgeon, Substance, Jamie Vex’d, Martyn, Marcel Dettmann and the artist himself under his SCB guise. The move to Berlin also led to the founding in 2008 of the massively successful SUB:STANCE night at legendary club Berghain, the sound of which he committed to plastic in a DJ mix released on Ostgut Ton in January 2010.
His second album, 'Triangulation', was released on Hotflush in March 2010 to universal plaudits, and was recognised in numerous end-of-year best album lists including Popmatters, Resident Advisor, and Data Transmission. An amalgamation of disparate styles, from house to experimental drum n bass, the album has been noted as a landmark in the genre-blurring trend of contemporary dance music.
2011 saw further developments: the biggest SCB single to date, 'Loss' (AUS Music), which laid waste to dancefloors across the world throughout the year; June's defining appearance on the main stage at Sonar Festival; and the release of the controversial but hugely successful 'Adrenalin' EP in September which saw the Scuba sound mutate into areas that might previously have been thought impossible. The year was rounded off with a critically acclaimed addition to K7!'s DJ Kicks series, his second commercially released mix CD.
With a new studio album imminent and plans for a live AV show in the works, Paul Rose's constantly developing world seems set to keep on turning in 2012.