Exposure: S-Type

Homegrown beat-maker launches EP at Mixed Bizness

Bobby Perman’s new single on Scottish label Phuturelabs isn’t his first, but it does signal a change of musical direction under his production alias S-Type. The Edinburgh-raised, Glasgow-based brother of Dougal (who runs Radio Magnetic, where Bobby works) and Tommy (who’s in FOUND) tells us how his own slice of the musical dynasty is going.

How long have you been making music?
‘I’ve been consciously making beats since I was 14 or 15, but my first record came out when I was 18 [he’s 24 now] on a label called Surface Pressure, under the name Stereotype. It was getting decent promo and airplay, then this producer with a similar name randomly got in touch threatening me with legal action if I didn’t call myself something else. He actually called me a “punk motherfucker” in his email, believe it or not. So I became S-Type.’

Tell us about the new single.
‘It’s a three-track instrumental EP called ‘Medusa’, and I see it as my first proper solo release, although I’ve put out lots of tracks on mixtapes and things like that before, but this is more club-orientated and it doesn’t use any samples. I don’t really know how to categorise it – you know how people throw genres about and call them dubstep when they’re clearly hip hop? It is clearly hip hop, but it’s more electronic.’

What will we be hearing from you next?
‘This EP launch party will be a mix of a DJ set and my own tracks, because I’m not used to playing completely live yet. After that I’m remixing Kev Sim’s (of FOUND) new solo track for Phuturelabs, due early next year, and I’ve got some hip hop tracks due out on rappers’ mixtapes.’

S-Type’s EP launch, with Hint (Tru Thoughts, Ninja Tune) and Boom Monk Ben, at Mixed Bizness at the Art School, Glasgow, Thu 2 Dec.

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