We chat to Hyperdub's flagship producer and founder about the label's 10 year history and what's in store...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 15 Sep 2014
  • min read
Hyperdub’s flagship producer and founder Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) has been in the beats business since 1990 but, as one glance of his current tour schedule will confirm, he has no intention of slowing down any time soon.

Since his humble origins in Glasgow’s budding dance scene, he’s been renowned for his pulse-quickening DJ style, spinning everything from reggae to jazz, house to funk.

Now, at the helm of Hyperdub, he's spending the next two months touring the world to celebrate it's tenth anniversary.

As a music-maker himself, he threw himself into grime and jungle before setting up his award-winning label in 2004 to release his own throbbing bassy dub sounds in collaboration with The Spaceape.

But it was his third release, South London Boroughs, from the then-unknown producer Burial, which really helped put the label on the wider map.

Mercury Prize-nominated Burial has since become a worldwide phenomenon, and his post-club grainy soundscapes are now synonymous with the dubstep genre.

Fast forward 10 years and Hyperdub has continued to embody the ever-changing UK underground dance scene. Boasting an impressively diverse roster which includes Laurel Halo, Ikonika, Cooly G and Jessy Lanza, the label consistently wins plaudits from all quarters for its tireless boundary pushing.

We caught up with Steve at the AIM Awards earlier this month, where he received both the Best Small Label accolade and the Innovator Award, to hear more about the label and his own work as Kode9.

Kode9 and The Spaceape release their new EP The Killing Season on 27 October through Hyperdub.