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Notice how much happier you become when you stop caring what others think? Scott Diaz has – and explains more in his latest blog post…

Many years ago, something important dawned on me. It was the fact that the overwhelming majority of people’s opinions on personal matters are ultimately irrelevant. Aside from a small number of close friends and family, what most other people think is of no importance whatsoever.

For example, a younger version of myself would probably have been upset when Yousef blocked my Twitter account. But now? It’s a badge of honour to be effectively cancelled by an egotistical, thin-skinned wimp who responds to the death of an alleged rapist by posting a gushing, nauseating tribute.

Blog favourite Scott Diaz appears to have had this realisation too. For years, he’s done work with Loopmasters, sample packs and sound design. But he rarely mentioned it, because he was concerned people would somehow think less of him – this despite the fact many famous producers use sample packs themselves, though few would admit it.

Yet during the first lockdown of 2020, many of those same producers who’d previously criticised sample packs started making them. And as this blog has covered this week, online courses is the latest money-making wheeze – or adapting to the times, as it’s more politely known. I bet they’re glad Amateur’s House only came into existence last year…

Diaz recently launched Nitelife Audio, where he could sell his own sample packs – and there are some very good ones in there too. But crucially, he’s noticed one thing – part of the reason it’s going well for him is because he’s openly advertising that it’s his baby. In other words, Diaz is being proud of what he is and what he’s made.

Which is, bluntly, the most inspiring message of all in his post. Just one other point, though – Scott, if you’re reading this, try smiling a bit more in your press photos. We’ve all seen more than enough pictures of DJs doing their utmost to look depressed and bored with life…

Scott Diaz castigates “sanitised artists who don’t have the capacity to have an original thought about anything” – but will his shiny new blog deliver on its big promises?

If what you want to read about isn’t being written, do the job yourself. This is why this blog came into existence – I was fed up of reading the sanitised dance music news delivered by mostly third rate whippersnapper journalists who think they’re the scene’s gatekeepers. Whereas I write about what I like, and you can make your own mind up.

And it appears another person who’s similarly tired of being unable to say what he wants is blog favourite Mr Scott Diaz. Yes, the Brighton-based house and garage making machine has started his own blog – and makes some big promises in the first ever post of the grand souning The Scott Diaz Journal.

He tells us that “nothing is more boring to me than sanitised artists who don’t have the capacity to have an original f***ing thought about anything”, suggesting many of them are “worried about the potential PR ramifications” amongst other things. And he also points out, and this is where some people really should listen, “this s*** was built on rebellion”.

I know exactly what he means. For example, I occasionally get contacted by PR companies asking if I’d like to write about their client – sometimes even offering me interviews directly. So far, I’ve turned down every single one of these – and the reason is invariably because upon researching them online, I quickly discover they have nothing remotely interesting to say.

These people forget they’re ultimately in the entertainment business. People go out clubbing because they consider it their form of entertainment – but many of the people behind the decks are completely afraid to show any aspect of their personality to anyone. It’s ridiculous, and even worse, it’s unhealthy – not just to the public, but to the DJs themselves.

But what will Diaz publish on his shiny new blog? He promises “musings on the modern music business” – a wide topic, and one that I do some stuff on myself. Given, however, that Diaz is one of the better communicators we have in house music today, you could do a lot worse than follow his blog.

Rest assured I shall be…

“F*** the streaming platforms!”: garage and house don Scott Diaz pulls his music off Spotify, Apple Music and other listening services, saying “I’m tired of giving away my work for nothing”…

This blog’s problem with streaming is, quite simply, this isn’t how it was meant to be. Streaming was supposed to be help make music more democratic and give everyone an equal chance of being discovered – whether you were signed to a label or not.

And it was also supposed to pay a fair rate to the artists, because without their music on these platforms, they would be nothing. After all, a music streaming service with no music is about as useful as a pub with no drink on sale.

Daniel Ek might even have had visions of this back in the day. But the moment the majors heard about this, they collectively spat out their cornflakes. And after composing themselves, they set out to purchase shares in Spotify and ensured they had higher royalty payments than anyone else.

Hence why the majority of your Spotify subscription does not go to the artists you listen to. Instead, the vast bulk goes to its biggest artists – Drake, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and so on, whether you listen to their music or not. It’s a dreadful system which benefits majors – who make £1million every hour on the service.

It’s not even a particularly good deal to Spotify, who remain so woefully incompetent they haven’t made a penny in profit during their 15 years in existence. But it’s an even worse deal for artists, who get around $0.038 each time their song is played – and when you even get paid that is a mystery, so complex is this whole web.

So it’s no mystery that Scott Diaz has had enough of this charade. Here’s what he said yesterday as he announces his catalogue – bar remixes and possibly one or two vocal collaborations – was coming off the streaming services…

I personally have to wonder why anyone would want to waste their time with streaming services. Because unless you’re a huge artist or someone like Ross Couch – who only releases his own music and his own label, thus ensuring he gets everything after Spotify’s cut – it just doesn’t look like it’s worth the hassle.

Oh, and a word to anyone who’s under the impression DJ Sneak took his music off the download and streaming platforms after saying he would – well, he hasn’t. Infact, the number of records he has on Traxsource has gone UP since January, not down…

When this blog said Scott Diaz could work at Berghain, it was meant to be a joke! Source tells me the notorious German club has a problem – they haven’t got enough staff!

Last weekend, this blog published an article all about British garage and house don Scott Diaz and his latest apparent hard man look. I said that he would be perfect for BBC soap EastEnders, a sidekick for a tour with Carl Cox – or even as a new doorman at the notoriously selective Berghain.

Obviously, the article was meant as a joke. But it appears that merely days after I wrote it, Berghain are indeed short staffed. A source in the Berlin clubbing scene tells me a number of people left the club to get jobs elsewhere during the pandemic. He said “They’re not likely to come back. A couple of them became delivery drivers and are making really good salary.”.

So the club is understood to be on a recruitment drive. However, the problem could take some time to resolve. My source also told me “Berghain are selective with who they hire. Not everyone is suitable for a venue like it, not everyone understands there are ways they do things”.

Maybe you’d like to give your CV a quick look over, Scott…

Are Berghain looking for new door staff? House and garage don Scott Diaz looks like the perfect sidekick to the notorious bouncer Sven Marquardt in a new photo…

Back in 2018, Scott Diaz received an email from someone who wanted to book him for a show. Given he’s a DJ and that’s what DJs do, this is hardly breaking news. But it’s what happened next which might shock you. He received another email basically saying Diaz was “a bit overweight and just overall doesn’t really fit our Ibiza image or ethos”.

Which was terribly nice of them. Since then, Diaz has posted occasionally about how he’s looking after himself better these days – and it shows. And over the weekend, he posted this photo of him in the studio looking a bit of a hard man.

And because it’s a Sunday evening, I thought I’d have a little bit of light-hearted fun with the image…

If Scott’s ever looking for a new job, perhaps he’d look the part on EastEnders?

Or perhaps Berghain could hire him the next time they need a doorman? He looks the part…

A tour with Carl Cox, maybe?

And just because I’m here, let’s give Scott some glasses, a beard and a tiny smile for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Normal service resumes tomorrow. Probably…

Things that dance people think about, an occasional column: Scott Diaz wishes to let the world know he doesn’t care how much your baby weighs…

Scott Diaz isn’t a man afraid to go after the weighty issues of the day. Even when that weighty issue was, er, himself. He’s previously been involved in a spat with DJ Sneak, who didn’t take kindly to a few things Diaz had said about him online – you wait until he stumbles across this blog…

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I covered the truly earth shattering news that Kenny Carpenter doesn’t understand why people would wish themselves a happy birthday. And today, I bring you this. Scott Diaz does NOT care how much your baby weighs!

Most of the family don’t care either, Scott…

So, what WILL the promoter who told Scott Diaz he was too fat make of him now – and the even bigger question: will they have the barefaced cheek to approach him again?

When this blog said it would deal with the weighty issues of the day, this is certainly not what I had in mind. A photograph of UK house and garage don Scott Diaz has been doing the rounds on social media this weekend. Taken last Friday and captioned “nice little party to start the weekend”, it was taken in a back garden on one of the hottest weekends that Britain has had for a long time…

A few people commented that Diaz has lost weight. Now, this blog typically doesn’t comment on whether someone’s looking a bit thin, or has been eating a bit too much during lockdown and such. Mostly because I don’t care. But there’s a reason why I mention this particular case.

Back in 2018, Diaz posted details about how a gig had been cancelled because his “image doesn’t fit”. The promoter explained “We have a certain crowd here at ********** and we feel the people attending our parties expect a certain image from both the acts we book and the other clubbers. It seems like Scott’s a bit overweight and just overall doesn’t really fit our Ibiza image or ethos.”.

At the time, Diaz declined to reveal who the promoter was, citing advice received from “legal, PR and friends”. Well, I can’t help but wonder whether the aforementioned promoter will soon have the barefaced cheek to go back to Diaz to try and arrange another booking. Feel free to tell him or her to Foxtrot Oscar if they do, Scott…