Episode 53

Published on:

17th Jan 2023

#053 Man Power

The music scene of the North-East of England is often overshadowed by, or sometimes even conflated with, the North-West. Everyone knows about the music of Liverpool and Manchester but there are no equivalents of The Beatles or Oasis on Tyneside.

Despite that, and putting aside for one moment quite-famous names like Mark Knopfler and Neil Tennant, Newcastle has in recent years produced some of the biggest names in club music, from Patrick Topping to Richy Ahmed.

On this week's episode we welcome another native of the region - Geoff Kirkwood, aka Man Power, aka Bedwettter, a dance music expert who recently completed a stint as artist-in-residence at the internationally renowned Sage Gateshead, which included the composition of a symphony in collaboration with Fiona Brice and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

We discuss his journey from self-taught house producer to performance in world-class concert halls, as well as a wide range of topics from the effect of deindustrialisation on music, to speculating what contemporary music might be performed in a couple of hundred years from now.

He has releases forthcoming on Nocturne and Echocentric, and can be seen DJing back to back with Paul Woolford at King Street Social Club on 25 Feb.

Geoff is a singular character overflowing with insight and stories, and you are going to love this episode.

Some release news... one of our favourite producers, Anna Kost drops her full debut Hotflush release, See Life Better EP, this Friday. It's a smasher, get it here.

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About the Podcast

Not A Diving Podcast with Scuba
Electronic music conversations
Paul Rose aka the musician, DJ, and A&R known as Scuba talks to people of significance from the world of electronic music about their experiences, observations, and attempts to cultivate a life for themselves in the murky and sometimes treacherous waters of the music industry.

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Paul Rose

Scuba is a maker of music from the UK. He is also the founder of a record label called Hotflush Recordings, and the host of the Not A Diving Podcast.