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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; La Cheetah/Glasgow (for Slabs Of The Tabernacle); Snafu/Aberdeen; The Reading Rooms/Dundee) and as one half of the Trouble DJs, Hobbes 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 Tokyo, 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’ 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, Neil Landstrumm, JD Twitch (Optimo), Kirk Degiorgio, Ian O’Brien, The Bays, Patife, Drumagick, Fernanda Porto, Craig Smith/6th Borough Project, Gareth Sommerville, Hudson Mohawke, LuckyMe, Eclair FiFi, Linkwood, Quarion, Silver Columns, Auntie Flo, Fudge Fingas, Lone, Mount Kimbie, Creep, Redinho, Actress… More info here.
Espousing a broad music policy 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 the Hobbes Music label, to release a unique remix series marking the tenth anniversary of Trouble (partially funded by Creative Scotland), Leonidas & Hobbes productions and more. Label releases can be sampled in full and purchased (on vinyl, while stocks last) on Bandcamp. Releases have picked up support from the likes of Avalon Emerson, Daniel Avery, Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan, Groove Armada, Laurent Garnier, Bill Brewster, Justin Robertson, MCDE, KiNK, TEED, Kiki, Maceo Plex, OOFT!, Domenic (Subculture), Auntie Flo, Tony Humphries, Greg Wilson, Tim Sweeney, Leo Mas, Alfredo, Horse Meat Disco, Crazy P, The Revenge, Hugh Herrera, JD Twitch/Optimo, Joe Morris/Clandestino, Yogi Haughton (SSW), The Ransom Note, Music For Dreams, DJ Mag, Mixmag, The Skinny, Sonica Ibiza, Ibiza Voice, Resident Advisor, The Ransom Note, Rob Da Bank & Ally McCrae (ex-BBC Radio 1), Nemone (BBC 6Music), Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland) and many, many more…
Collaborating with studio partner Leonidas since 2009, Leonidas & Hobbes’ five-track debut EP, Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups, arrived in June 2013, picking up plaudits and support from the likes of Resident Advisor, Mixmag, Erol Alkan, Ashley Beedle, Alan Braxe, Shadow Child, Jimpster, Nick Warren, MANDY., Leftside Wobble, Mr G, Dam Mantle, Sasha, John Digweed and many more… They were subsequently commissioned to remix pop legends the Pet Shop Boys.
Second EP “Mo’ Machines” came out on the label in April ’14 and received equally high praise, with i-D Magazine inviting the duo to record a mix which has chalked up 11,000 plays and a whole lot of love on Soundcloud.
After a wee hiatus, third EP ‘The Rags of Time‘ finally came out in August ’17, to massive international acclaim. Many influential DJs called lead track Web of Intrigue their ‘summer anthem’ (including Balearic tastemakers Leo Mas and Nancy Noise, plus Nick The Record and Jim Stanton from Horse Meat Disco), while legendary tastemaker Andrew Weatherall declared that it was ‘going to be massive’. The limited edition 10″ sold out via Bandcamp before the records were even finished and the EP was quickly re-pressed on 12″ for release in September, finding many more fans across the dancing globe: the US, Canada, Brazil, Bali, Japan, Australia, Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, Slovenia and all over western Europe. Consequently voted Record of the Year on Bill Brewster’s annual ‘Furtive 50’ poll (which involves over 400 international DJs, as announced in January ’18 via his highly infuential DJ History podcast), the record has not stopped selling. A further re-release is now planned for Autumn ’18, including an as-yet-unreleased ambient mix, while the duo have also been working on a fourth EP and some remixes.
Hobbes was also one half of the Black Spring DJs, the brains behind Limbo (and the Limbo Live compilations), Nov ’07 – Oct ’16. Limbo was described as ‘a barometer of pop’ by the press and widely recognised as the best place to see the most exciting new bands in Scotland, having welcomed live acts such as Marina And The Diamonds, Frightened Rabbit, Broken Records, Micachu And The Shapes, The Lovely Eggs, 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, A-lix, Modernaire, Jo Gideon And The Shark, Paul Vickers & The Leg, Punch & The Apostles, Unicorn Kid and Dollskabeat. More info here and here.
‘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.