Born and raised along the UK's South Coast, Kurt Baggaley aka Scape One, has been one of the most formidable forces in the scene for what really could be said to be over 30 years and counting.
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects about this artist, is his vision of what Electro music means to him; even when talking about the term itself. Strongly rooted in the sounds of the pioneering days, where the works of artists like Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Yellow Magic Orchestra would make a huge impact on him, Scape One would go on to become one of the most futuristic Electro producers in the world, while always retaining a very classic approach to making music. Never overly edited or overly produced, it's clear that the artist has a great understanding of the synthesizer and sound engineering, and really shows in his work what the bond between man and machine should be.
As a kid growing up in the small town of Bognor, England, Kurt Baggaley would acquire an insatiable thirst for futuristic music. Over time learning about dance moves like the "Robot Mime", thanks to influences from New Wave groups such as Tik Tok and Fotostat, Baggaley would eventually wind up in front of the camera on the BBC, as part of the newly assembled "Bognor Robots" dance crew, as audiences watched with amazement at something that was part of what was already becoming a strong influential culture in the underground scenes in the UK and US.
Kurt Baggaley's first steps into releasing music came in the way of collaborating with one of the most legendary Electro Bass acts, teaming up with local associates Orson Bramley and Martin Brown from Transparent Sound, assisting in the composition and production of records like "Freaks Frequency" (including the remixes EP), "Slang City", "Analog Deliverance", "Travel Card", "and "Night and Day". Though Baggaley had been learning to produce since the 80's, even playing the 808 live at different events around town, he felt that this experience gave him a lot of foundation for his later solo years; particularly because of the "band" setting he was in, and what performing and writing like this had to show him.
It would not be until some time later however, in 2001, when his first two official solo releases came to fruition; signing to Mass Transit Records, where he published "Okeechobee", and "Simple Machines" on the infamous World Electric label. There would also be the release of the song "Milieu" on the "Emoticon Sampler Three" compilation, as well as his remix of Transparent Sound's "Never Fall Again" on Elektrix Records.
Scape One returned in 2002 with "Fizzy Soda", once again on Emoticon, while also signing to the infamous Electrix Records, and releasing the classic "Planet Funk Express"; an homage to the many styles and visions of Electro music that where popping up all over the world, from Croatia to California. There would also be the release of "Neural Grafting" on Templedog Records, as well as "Submolecularnanotechrhythmicprinciples" on SCSI-AV Recordings. Also on this year, Baggaley founded the imprint "Remote Audio" with Rob Euroh, releasing 3 single tracks on the compilations: "Beyond Control - Adventures In Electro Funk", "Control Freaks - An Electro Funk Compilation", and "Out Of Control - Advances In Electro Progression". There would also be the release of "Futurity" on TRUST Records, as part of the On/Off Music: An Electro Developers Conference", as well as his remixes for Rob Euroh's "The Euroh Scratch" on Blue Juice, not to mention Multiplex's "Pinghaus Frequencies" on Toytronic.
In 2004, Baggaley attempted to start his own imprint once again, launching "Adaptive Programs", and releasing "Energy Pattern" on 12". Unfortunately, as the artist explained to us in a brief interview many years back, after realizing what the vinyl market was beginning to do in the midst of the so-called "Digital Revolution", it was decided that it would be best to set focus back on releasing music through other labels, and so the project was abandoned after the first release.
Not long after, Baggaley would go on to Sign to the legendary Spanish label "Drivecom", and released the classic hit E.P. "Galaxy Of Funk", while also signing on to Iwari, and publishing the incredible 12" "The Future Sound Of Bognor". There would also be the release of "Tone Cluster: The 1st Diversion" on Affected Music, as well as "The Complete Gamma Function" on Science City Records; which consequently released the artist as "Dr. Futurist" later in 2006. Remixes for this year included reworks for Tomorrow People's "Slipping Into Darkness", Dr. Schmidt's "Machine Music", as well as Double Horizontal's "Honkadonk For Budonkadonk" on Holding Company Inc. Scape One also returned on Dona-li Records, with Doppleganger, on volume 2 of the infamous "Guilty Compilations".
Throughout the rest of the last two decades, Scape One has released a wide array of releases, on many popular labels like Napalm Enema Records, Southern Outpost, and Militant Science to name a few, even remixing tracks like the hit "Global Surveyor" on Dominance Electricity, as well as Supreme.Ja's "Can't Stop Us" on Devine Disorder Records.
Kurt Baggaley continues work as Scape One to this day, but has primarily been focusing on his purely solo project under his own name, where he is exploring a very mature aspect of his musical vision; not in any way gravitating too far away from his style as Scape One, but erasing the boundaries of genrefication in order to bring you timeless pieces that vary in so many styles and flavors, it would be hard for everyone not to find many of his works to fit their own personal taste. Support the underground, and if you haven't, please check out the wonderful music that Kurt Baggaley aka Scape One has to offer!