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hobbesmusic.co.uk has been running as a blog since early 2011. The Hobbes Music label launched in early 2013.
In ten years of hosting Edinburgh’s Radio 1 (Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide) award-nominated Trouble club night (originally Trouble At The Bluenote, est. 2002) and holding down DJ spots all over Scotland (Cabaret Voltaire, Bongo Club, The Voodoo Rooms and the Jazz Bar/Blue Note in Edinburgh; Slabs Of The Tabernacle/Glasgow; Snafu/Aberdeen; The Reading Rooms/Dundee) and as one half of the Trouble DJs, Hobbes has exposed his DJing style to some of the finest clubs and festivals all over the world. From tiny sweat-boxes and after-hours affairs in London to super-clubs in Shanghai and Beijing, Rob Da Bank’s massive Big Top tent at Bestival to wee hot-spots in Warsaw, Sardinia, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Derry, Ghent, Zadar (Soundwave) and Belgrade, not to mention other UK festivals such as the Big Chill, T in The Park, Knockengorroch and Secret Garden Party, sharing the stage with acts such as Santogold, The Human League and Chromeo, among myriad others, Hobbes’s music knows no bounds.
He has worked with countless names from across the soul/dance spectrum: Candi Staton, Marlena Shaw, Horace Andy, Arrested Development, Ashely Beedle, Norman Jay, Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), Daddy G (Massive Attack), Dego (4hero), Fat Freddys Drop, The Black Seeds, Shapeshifter, Roy Ayers, The Headhunters, Mr Scruff, Greg Wilson, Gilles Peterson, Rainer Truby, The Unabombers, Mark Rae, Jazzanova, Crazy P, The Nextmen, Quantic, Alice Russell, Mim Suleiman, Horse Meat Disco, The Herbaliser, Aim, Ben Westbeech, Dixon, Ame, The Revenge, Bugz In The Attic, DJ Vadim, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Domu, Mark Pritchard (Harmonic 313), Neil Landstrumm, Kirk Degiorgio, Ian O’Brien, The Bays, Patife, Drumagick, Fernanda Porto, Craig Smith/6th Borough Project, Gareth Sommerville, Hudson Mohawke, LuckyMe, Linkwood, Quarion, Silver Columns, Auntie Flo, Fudge Fingas, Lone, Discopolis, Mount Kimbie, Creep, Redinho, Actress… More info here.
Espousing a broad music policy at Trouble, that’s simply ‘future-retro’ (where future classics rub up against genuine classics), Hobbes knows exactly how to rock the party and always recognises a good groove when he hears one, no matter what musical pigeon-hole people are stuffing it into this week. Hobbes DJ mixes are archived on Mixcloud.
2010-2012 saw the development of a label (Hobbes Music), to release a unique remix series marking the tenth anniversary of Trouble (partially funded by Creative Scotland), alongside Leonidas & Hobbes productions and more. Label releases can be sampled in full and purchased (including vinyl while stocks last) on Bandcamp.
With worldwide distribution by Rubadub/EPM, debut EP Midnight Thunder was released as a lovingly crafted 12″ vinyl and digital download, receiving radio plays from BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank and Ally McCrae alongside plaudits from international DJs and ‘tastemakers’, in May 2013.
Collaborating with studio partner Leonidas since 2009, Leonidas & Hobbes’s five-track debut EP, Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups, followed in June 2013, also receiving broad critical acclaim (4/5 in Resident Advisor and The List, 7/10 in Mixmag, Track of the Month in The Scotsman – all reviews collected here) and a rapturous reception from international DJs. With famous names and underground DJs uniting in their praise for the duo, the future looks busy… A selection of their studio productions can be sampled here.
Leonidas & Hobbes were subsequently commissioned to remix pop legends the Pet Shop Boys and are currently working on a follow-up EP…
Hobbes is also one half of the Black Spring DJs, the brains behind Limbo (and the Limbo Live compilations). Limbo has been described as ‘a barometer of pop’ by the press and is widely recognised as the best place to see the most exciting new bands in Scotland. Previous live acts include Marina And The Diamonds, Frightened Rabbit, Broken Records, Micachu And The Shapes, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Withered Hand, James Pants, FOUND, Electronicat, xvectors, Meursault, Sparrow And The Workshop, Zoey Van Goey, The Chap, Miss le Bomb, Wounded Knee, Night Noise Team, Pit Er Pat, Colourmusic, The Lovely Eggs, A-lix, Modernaire, Jo Gideon And The Shark, Paul Vickers & The Leg, Punch & The Apostles, Unicorn Kid and Dollskabeat. More info here and here.
Plugging new/unsigned music releases from Scotland to media across the UK and the wider world, since September ’12. Clients thus far: Snide Rhythms, Randan Discotheque, Delta Mainline and Little Buddha.
‘Clubbers Decktionary’ (monthly column), The List Magazine (March 2011-’13)
Weekly Clubs Page, Metro ‘Life’ Newspaper (2000- 2007)
Trouble placed 60th in The List’s Hot 100 ‘definitive list of Scottish Creative Talent’ for 2011
‘Regular gig-in-a-club-night Limbo has taken solid steps to unite Edinburgh’s eclectic music scene’ (The Guardian, October ‘11)
‘Even one promoter can make a difference and thanks to the renewed efforts of Limbo, the capital is starting to feel a little bit more exciting’ (The Scotsman, March ‘11)
‘Totally tore up Sneaky Pete’s – a must-see’ (Nick Stewart, Sneaky Pete’s, 2010)
‘Number 86, ‘People Who Rocked Our World’ (The List Magazine Hot 100, 2008) www.list.co.uk
On a panel of judges for the BBC’s ‘Performing Arts Fund’, 2007.