hudson Mohawke on his home town Glasgow

HudMo’s guide to Glasgow

Words: Flo Obkircher
Photo Above: Lauren Gesswein / Red Bull Content Pool

In anticipation of Hudson Mohawke’s gig at Red Bull Studios Future Underground we interviewed Glasgow’s most famous beat smith about his hometown. 

Glasgow-born producer Hudson Mohawke has seduced rap-heads and ravers alike with neon-lit R&B and warehouse smashing low-end beats. The unlikely poster boy for a new generation of genre-mangling UK artists will now present his recently debuted live show tonight, Wednesday 9th September at Red Bull Studios Future Underground.

Red Bull Studios Future Underground is an event that spans across three nights of music hosted by artists that share Red Bull’s sense of adventure and rebellion. It will bring a new generation of Londoners together and remind them that this city is theirs and it’s ready for them. Recognising and rewarding the spontaneity of young London, the line-up for each night is made public only 24 hours in advance.

Exclusive codes to redeem tickets for the event will be shared across a variety of social accounts today. To find out who currently has a batch of codes to invite lucky Londoners to scoop up a pair of tickets, check and keep an eye on @RedBullUK. Tickets will be £5 each and all proceeds will go to the spinal injury charity Wings For Life.

Here the 29-year-old beat smith reveals his favourite corners, clubs and unsung heroes of his hometown.

© YouTube//HudsonMohawkeVEVO

THE RED BULLETIN: Whereabouts in Glasgow did you grow up?

HUDSON MOHAWKE: I grew up in the west end, near the university. We moved around a little bit when I was a child, but we always stayed in the same area.

Legend has it that you became “Hudson Mohawke” after seeing the name engraved on a statue in the hallway of your accommodation.

Yeah, that was in a house we lived in for a bit. Basically my dad had an Iranian friend who was a writer. He owned this large house in the west end of Glasgow. When he moved back to Iran, he let my dad look after his house for a couple of years. There were all sorts of random and weird people living in this sort of old Resident Evil style of house (laughs). I lived there for about a year or something until the guy came back from Iran and kicked everybody out.

Hudson Mohawke on his home town Glasgow

Hudson Mohawke performs at Red Bull Guest House in Miami, FL, USA on 28 March, 2015

© Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool

Who was this Hudson Mohawke this statue was dedicated to?

I think it’s actually a place. It’s a region of the Hudson River in upstate New York, where there’s a little town called Mohawk. I didn’t know that at the time.

What’s the best record shop in Glasgow?

It’s a place called Rubadub. It means everything for Glasgow’s underground scene. When I was younger I was into hip-hop and I would go to Rubadub, buy records and chat away with the guys, but I wasn’t part of their scene. I wish I had been because they brought a lot of great techno artists to the city, who I’d really like to have seen in hindsight.

What makes Rubadub so special?

Apart from the shop’s great selection, they’ve been putting out amazing records on their little record labels for years. Basically every single person who works in the shop has their own label and puts on their own club night. It’s a centre for everything happening basically.

What’s the city’s best club?

Definitely Sub Club. It’s been running for almost 30 years. It’s a basement club with an amazing sound system, which was installed by the same guy who did the sound at Fabric in London. Sub Club has a vibrating dance floor. When you play a bass-heavy track, the whole floor shakes. The club has a good size as well, 500 capacity, which is enough to have a really good party and at the same time small enough to keep the atmosphere intimate.  

“When you play a bass-heavy track, the whole floor shakes”
Hudson Mohawke on Subclub's sound system

What’s the best place to experience Glasgow’s industrial past?

Just walk around. The city is quite run down. It’s actually worse at the moment than it’s been for quite a while. Everywhere is closing down, just Pound Shops opening up everywhere. There’s lots of really nasty 1970s architecture that popped up after all the shipyards closed down, but there are still lots of amazing buildings as well. Check out the Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Occasionally they also do partys there.

What’s your favourite restaurant in Glasgow?

There’s a place called The University Café. They haven’t changed the interior of it for 50 years. It still has old cinema style seats that you have to pull down and tiny tables. They won one of these awards for their homemade ice cream.

Glasgow is also good for curry. There are lots of really good Indian places. There’s a place called The Wee Curry Shop. It started off as just one place and it has become really popular. They have these tiny restaurants with 4 or 5 tables. It’s not that expensive and just amazing Indian food. 

Hudson Mohawke on his home town Glasgow

HudMo is named after a region of the Hudson River in upstate New York, where there’s a little town called Mohawk 

© Neville Sukhia/Red Bull Content Pool

Who is one unsung hero of your hometown?

The Electric Scarecrow. He’s a middle-aged guy who walks around the streets singing. He wears a fluorescent workman’s jacket and a lot of make up. You always see him on the bus and people know who he is and let him get on with it. He’s just a sort of character.

Despite your love for hometown you moved to London a few years ago. How come?

I’ve been in Glasgow my entire life. It’s an amazing city and I definitely plan to move back there at some point. But for the moment, if you’ve been in a place for 25 years, it’s good to have a change for a while just to experience something else.

If you visit Glasgow these days, what’s one of the first things you usually do?

Get really good fish and chips. You can’t really get it in London.


Red Bull Studios Future Underground

Hudson Mohawke, London Sinfonietta, Éclair Fifi + special guest
Wednesday 9th September 2015, 7pm
Collins Music Hall, Islington Green, Essex Road, N1 2XN

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