At Global Dance Festival 2015 we got the chance to catch up with Doctor P, electronic music legend and one of the founders of Circus Records. As “I’m In Love With the CoCo” blared from the main stage, we took a break from festival life to hear what one of the fathers of modern dubstep had in store for us later that night. Surprisingly enough before playing live for 10,000 admiring fans and towering 160 million year old sandstone, Shaun Brockhurst was calm and collected.

So this will be your first time performing at Red Rocks since Global Dub 2012. Can you tell us what it feels like to be down on that stage looking up at the rocks and 10,000 dancing fans? 

I really don’t even notice it. Wherever I am, wherever I’m playing, I’m playing to that first row. So even though it’s cool to look up, you forget where you are half way through the set and you’re just playing to that first row.

Do you have anything special planned for us tonight at Global Dance Festival? 

I’ve got new tracks that I’m going to be playing, so we’ll see how they go down.That’s my plan.

So can you tell us what sort of preparation goes into your live sets? 

I try not to plan that much. Like obviously I play so much that I just get to know the tracks. I get to know how they work together. So, I don’t have to plan it on purpose it just plans itself. It’s just an evolving thing, I must say. Every time I do a set I tend to change one part of it, so after a year the whole set is completely changed. I try to vibe off the crowd a little bit as well. If I go out there and play a trap song and they’re not into it, I won’t play any other trap. You really can’t plan it too much.

What can we expect from you in this next year? Anything interesting to be on the lookout for? 

I’ve done a couple of collaborations. I’ve got a new track with me, Flux Pavillion, and Far East Movement. I don’t know if I’m supposed to be talking about it yet, but I’ve said it! SECRET’S OUT! There area a couple more collaborations I’m working on at the moment and I have a couple tracks finished. We’re looking to put those out over the next few months, so look out for those releases soon.

So you and Flux Pavillion are still working closely together? Your friendship is still going strong? 

Ya, I’ve known him for about thirteen or fourteen years now. We were both in school when we met. We did have a period of years where we didn’t talk that much, but he’s the one who really showed me dubstep. We started the label together [Circus Records] and obviously since then we’ve been talking all the time.

So one of the first dubstep songs I ever heard, I was probably thirteen at the time, was “Sweet Shop.” Can you tell us how your style has evolved since then? 

I don’t think my style has changed that much, but the scene has changed. My style has just moved in the direction of the scene. Music is a lot louder now than it was then. The music is a lot heavier now. Like I play “Sweet Shop” now and it still sounds good, but it sounds dated a little bit. Things now are a lot more pumped up. Louder. Fuller. So I guess my music has gone in that direction, but I still feel like I make music in the exact same way I did back then.

How do you see dubstep evolving in this new bass music culture? Do you think it will find its place? 

I think dance music and electronic music has all blurred into one. Like I’ve seen people make a house track and call it dubstep, or make a D&B track and call it dubstep. I think a lot of the styles and differences are blurred now. It’s just electronic music. It doesn’t really bother me, I’ve always thought labeling everything was stupid. But people were always saying to me: “This isn’t dubstep. This isn’t true dubstep,” when I first came out, but I always asked: “Does it really matter?” It is what it is. I think now people like tracks just for what they are. They don’t discriminate because of the name.

So we’ve been taking a closer look at Circus Records and the artists you have been signing lately. We’re big fans of many artists on the label: Childish Gambino, FuntCase, Dillon Francis, Datsik, etc. Is there a lesser known artists on the label that you would encourage us and our readers to check out? 

I don’t know if you have heard of Diskord.  They’re a new British act that we’ve been working with for a while now, but I’ve got a feeling they are going to blow up big time. It’s trap, but it’s very English trap, which doesn’t really exist yet. I play lots of their tracks, so you’ll hear me play some tonight. I really like their stuff.

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