Scotty Hard.New York (April 3, 2008)–Scott Harding, a Grammy-winning producer/engineer, was the victim of a car crash that left him paralyzed in February, and now the music community is coming together to support him through difficult financial times.
Harding, known to the musical community as Scotty Hard, was returning home from a late-night mixing session when the cab he was occupying was broadsided by a stolen car: The impact crushed Harding’s T5 vertebrae, leaving him partially paralyzed.
“Scotty helped to define the sound of hip hop in the late 1980’s and early 90’s,” says Joel Hamilton, a Brooklyn-based engineer/producer. “This could have been any one of us, leaving the studio late at night, and having a drunk driver crash into our cab or car service. Scotty is an asset to the music community at large, and is in need of our help.”
Harding has worked with a wide variety of acts, handling production for Chris Rock, the John Spencer Blues Explosion, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Sheep, Medeski Martin & Wood, The Charlie Hunter Trio, Crash Test Dummies, DJ Logic, Mike Ladd, DJ Olive, Vernon Reid, Stereo MC’s, Morcheeba, Prince Paul, and many more.
According to the Trust, Harding’s condition is serious; he is without health insurance and is facing large medical and legal fees. The short-term need to raise cash in order to handle Hard’s affairs is very real, and as a result, his friends and colleagues have united to form The Scotty Hard Trust, a special account which will help to handle Harding’s financial needs through private monetary donations.
Additionally, a benefit show is being held this Sunday (April 6) at Black Betty, 366 Metropolitan Ave., in Brooklyn, featuring Tandy, Malcolm Holcomb, and The Big Lazy. More info on the show is available at 718-599-0243.
Those interested in making a donation can do so via PayPal at the Trust’s website
Scotty Hard Trust