About SSU: Who Are We?

UPDATE: WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR NEW CONTRIBUTORS AND WILL BE UPDATING THIS PAGE SOON. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING CONTENT TO SSU THEN PLEASE CONTACT US AT: scotlandstandup@gmail.com

Scotland Stand Up is a long running platform dedicated to promoting and covering Scotland's ever-growing hip hop scene. 

Established as a blog by Steven 'Scuba' Duncan in 2009, SSU grew to become Scotland's leading ongoing multimedia source for hip hop. SSU also briefly sponsored Scotland's most popular battle rap video channel during the early 2010s. Several events were hosted under the SSU banner, but the channel went on a hiatus in 2012. 

Journalist Jonathan Rimmer relaunched the blog page the following year with a focus on features, interviews and in-depth music and event reviews, with Scuba adding video/audio content and regular music posts. Leo 'Makar' Zawadzki later joined the team to add various video content to the mix. Kick starting 2017, new contributors have joined the team.

SSU would be nothing without the team taking valuable time out of their lives to create and review content. We also support various media partners, blogs and channels that give the hip hop scene coverage. When it comes to other people's support and contributions there are too many to mention, but we send a big thanks to everyone who has written or appeared on our blog/podcast/youtube channel over the past eight years. Hopefully we'll keep going for another eight.

You can follow SSU on TwitterFacebook and Youtube. You can watch old SSU sponsored battles on Versetracker. Read more about our main contributors below:



Jonathan Rimmer
Editor

Jonny edits all reviews, features, blogs and videos on the site. He hosts the Fresh Cuts series on BBC's The Social and is a columnist for Wordplay Magazine. He's also written on Scottish hip hop for various publicationsHe's currently studying for a masters in Multimedia Journalism.
Check out his: Twitter and Writing Portfolio.




Steven Duncan
aka DJ Scuba Steve
Founder/Creative Director.


Steve has been DJing for over ten years now and has played at gigs all over Scotland. A long term advocate of the Scottish hip hop scene, he launched the original SSU Blog in 2009 after bringdaruckus.com disappeared as a resource, resolving to continue the good work that Chris Torres was doing at the time. Steve hosts most of the podcasts, interviews and live sessions from his studio in Fife. 

Check out his: Twitter and Personal Podcast.


Leo Zawadzki
aka Makar
Videos

An emcee and film-maker, you may be familiar with Leo's 'Just a Minute' series that we promote on the blog. Leo is also a regular battle rapper and has featured on Don't Flop and elsewhere. Leo predominantly creates video content for SSU but occasionally pops up on podcasts too.

Check out his: Twitter and Youtube Channel.




Hannah Westwater
Reviews/Features

Hannah is a freelance journalist and blogger. Having started writing reviews for fun as a young teen, she has written about music for a handful of publications and is a merchandise supervisor for live events.

Check out her: Twitter and Blog.
Stephen Butchard
Reviews/Features

Semi-competent music writer in his final year at the University of Strathclyde. Stephen likes good rap, rum and burritos. 

You can contact him at verymuchmusic@gmail.com or @ his Twitter.

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