Label Mates : House of Disco0
Trend setting blog becomes dynamic new label...
When did you start the label?
Well I decided to start the label back in about May or June but it was August before the first release came out. What happened in between these times? About 12,000 emails!
We'll it seemed like a logical progression. The blog was getting more popular and I was discovering a lot of really great artists that were hungry and in my eyes extremely talented, so that coupled with my fascination with disco and house led to the me to thinking that this would be a good idea. I knew it would be a lot of work but lets face it, listening to shedloads of music you like and then picking your favourites is hardly work. Its the admin thats a pain but well well worth it.
Who or what was your biggest influence?
Well the one artist that I can attribute to my disco obsession is Kano. Not that rapper from East Ham but the glammed up disco maestro from the 70's. I knew something had changed in my music sensibilities when I forked out for 2 Cd's of Kanos a good few years back. It had been years since I bought an actual CD but I couldnt find these albums anywhere else so I took the plunge. I guess I didnt know how much of a plunge I was taking and how deep I would go.
What was your biggest record? And your best?
Well thats an easy one! We've only had one record out so it would have to be our 'Shoes Off' EP, Im not sure I could pick a favourite if I had a few more as its a bit like picking your favourite puppy, you love them all.
Can you make a living running a label?
Hmmmm I'm not sure. I think if you were to you'd have to be selling a lot and putting out a lot or records. You can in theory make a living but you'd be a beans on toast man for the foreseeable future. I think your doomed to fail if you go into this industry with the attitude of quitting your job and making a fortune in the music label business, the 90's are over folks.
The industry is instant and free, and I love that, I'd be a lier if I said I'd never downloaded a track for free. The day after you put out a release on digital its up on at least 5 sites for free, but thats the reality. You just have to hope that enough people will be willing to pay for a track they really like, not because they have to but because they choose to. Its about changing peoples habits, which is one of the most difficult things to do.
Well we have our second vinyl "Night Light" EP coming out now. Its a lot slower and sexier. You can listen to the snippets here.
Apart from that we have the third and fourth releases lined up and they look exciting and we have some great artists on-board. Hopefully we'll end up with a nice series of sampler records that look and sound well together.