Q-Tex consisted of Jolene (vocals), Scott Brown (keyboards), Gordon Anderson (keyboards) and Alan Todd (keyboards). But back in 1990 when they first began, there was only Scot and Gordon who were doing Physics at college. They had a couple of keyboards and were experimenting with different sounds. About 6 months later Alan Todd joined so with an extra musical mind they started to move a little faster. Their first gig as Q-Tex came while they were still at college.
Interview with Q-Tex from 1994.
"Someone was putting on a small rave at the student union, so we thought we would be a set of wide boys and asked if we could play it. The guy have us two half hour slots. We didn't have much of a routine worked out then, so I think we ended up playing the same set twice".
They went down really well for their first gig and (they also) got themselves a manager. Even though he only lasted a few weeks he got them quite a few gigs and started the ball rolling. The music that they were playing that that time was the old 'Chicago' type style, but back then that was the 'in' thing.
"It was the style that was going about then, the Detroit sort of house, a lot slower than it is now, the drop-boy stuff about 110-120bpm. We've always been big fans of that music anyway. In those days it was the most happening music. Nobody had heard of anything different. There was no 160-180bpm then and if anything did get played that fast it would sound stupid, it has built up and up to the speed it is now".
Their first record, 'The Equator EP' was released in August 1991 and sold about 2,300 copies which was good for their first release. The tracks sound quite humorous to today's standard but at the time was very good. After that was a record called 'Natural High' which sold twice as many copies as their first release. This was another step up for them and all the time they were growing in popularity.
Things really got going when Jolene joined the band. Scott had been going out with Jolene for awhile and on the night of one of their sets their old singer decided not to turn up. So Scott begged Jo to sing for them and after a lot of persuasion she did and went down very well. About 3 or 4 months later they recorded 'The Power of Love' which was released about a year ago. It turned out to be a huge anthem and sold thousands of copies.
"The Power of Love was a huge turning point for us, it sold a lot of copies and we believed is still selling now. After that we were getting bookings from everywhere, it was definitely our first major break". The music and the scene has still progressed since then, the tunes have got a lot harder and faster and the audience has got a lot younger.
"We try and cater for a wide audience, we play a lot pf everything, house, hardcore and breakbeat. We like dance music as a whole so we try to do different styles of good music and make our records happy or hard purely to please a wide audience".
They are not really influenced by many artists. They don't have much time to spend seeing other bands or going out clubbing themselves. Jolene listens to a lot of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Scott is the hard gabba fan and Gordon and Alan both like breakbeat. Scott has his own record label which is called Evolution, but Q-Tex are actually signed to 23rd Precinct Recordings.
Although their roots are from the rave scene, they would like commercial success too. They have slightly touched the verges of this with their songs, 'Believe' and 'Power of Love'. In Scotland they reached the number two in the Scottish Charts and number one in the dance charts. They are huge name in Scotland, but they want to be known throughout the UK.
"Basically we want to get Q-Tex a commercial as well as an underground name. We don't want to be too associated with the bad name in the rave scene, which drugs and other problems have brought. Even if we do get good commercial success, we will still make hard records because that's out roots. It would drive us mental doing pop songs all our life, but the more commercial records do bring the most money".
The whole band are anti-drugs and don't even like being associated with the problem in the scene. One of Scott's friends died through taking ecstasy so he is very much against it.
"If people want to do it then it's up to them and they'll have to be careful. The whole audience has got a lot younger. It happens every year, the older ones move onto something else and the young ones start experimenting with drugs and start having a mad time, but that's the 90's. I think most of the Scottish are too busy getting pissed to take drugs!".
But after the recent deaths in the Hanger 13 Club they believe that it may start effecting the club scene up North. With many clubs and events being rejected licenses it makes it hard when you're trying to make a living playing music.
"It's the same in Amsterdam at the moment. 6 people died at the recent Hellraisor event and everything else before Christmas has been cancelled. But wit the Criminal Justice Bill in this country all it's doing is pushing underground".
But with Fantazia (Big Bang) and countless Rezerections under their belts they won't let this bother them. They have also recently don a Mayday event in Germany which was televised and put out live on radio. They think in comparison to Scotland it is very similar out there and even though Germany is very techno orientated, their mixed set went down well.
"The crowds out there are amazing, even though our set went from 180bpm to 130bpm they still loved it. We will think Scotland has the best crowds though, even the English bands and DJ's say the same". by Killa.