What compels an artist to start their own record label? Is it a desire for unbridled creative freedom? Pure hubris? Revenge on The Man? All of the above? In our new series titled Why I Did It, we’re going beneath the surface and asking DJs, producers and musicians about why they decided to form their own imprint.
Launching a DIY project has always required a leap of faith. But what drives creatives to go through the hassle in an era when labels are faced with countless challenges?
For our debut profile we spoke with Brian Chase. A founding member of highly influential NYC trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chase and his cohorts, Karen O and Nick Zinner, have eschewed trends to etch out a post-everything experimental sound on their own terms for nearly 20 years.
In addition to his work as a drummer, Chase works as a drone musician, performing and recording with the likes of John Zorn, Stefan Tcherepnin and Seth Misterka. (Chase’s drone style has been inspired by his time working at La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House in NYC.)
Along the way he recently launched Chaikin Records and just released Untitled: After, a provocative avant-jazz album with Irish saxophonist, improviser and composer Catherine Sikora. Below we asked Chase about how the label came together, what his YYY bandmates think of his label and plans for his new endeavor. Continue Reading
- DJ Wank – Sagostunden (Biotech Recordings)
- Thomas Schumacher – Embody (Noir Music)
- DJ Wank – Acid Oatmeal (ODD Recordings)
- Erhalder – Slippery (Acidworx)
- Dave Sinner – Pulsar (ODD Recordings)
- DJ Wank – Øresund (Rotraum Music)
- Flug – Revar (Suara)
- DJ Wank – Silver Chromed (Erhalder Remix) (303Parseca)
- S-File – Escape (Off Recordings)
- Robert Johnstone – Close (Translucent)
- Arjun Vagale – Ultrashape (ODD Recordings)
- Luca Agnelli – Raveolution (Etruia Beat)
- Cøcenträte – Move Off (Forest People Replant) (Translucent)
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The Turbans are an energetic multi-member London-based dub/klezmer/gypsy band. In April, they released their world-music inspired self-titled debut on Six Degrees. Their album features musicians whose roots emanate from Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Greece, Spain and England.
Long-time friend and fellow Londoner GAUDI, who has played with the outfit in India, introduced the chaps to the folks at Six Degrees. The Turbans pay it forward by tapping him to reimagine their track “Aman” for the dance floor. We’re thrilled to world premiere his hypnotic, sweat-inducing remix.
GAUDI had this to say about his re-rub of”Aman”: “I personally picked this track and I reworked it with a different perspective and angle. I could feel it had an enormous potential as their next single but felt the track needed a different arrangement and approach in order to make it 100 percent solid and appealing to every type of music palate. The song was played without any click so it was very ‘live’ and quite difficult to create a constant solidity all the way through. I then created a fixed BPM and I adapted every single element to it. It was a very hard job, but the final result is so beautiful that every second I dedicated to this production was 100 percent worth it.”
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Scottish DJ/producer Jackmaster (a.k.a. Jack Revill) has issued an apology for being intoxicated at Love Saves The Day, a festival held in Bristol in May. According to his statement posted yesterday on Facebook, he “behaved inappropriately and offensively to staff at the event, and damaged equipment, whilst heavily intoxicated.”
Jackmaster added, “As much as this was out of character: substances are an individual’s choice, not an excuse. I have already made major changes to my lifestyle, and will continue these ongoing. Over the last few weeks I have done everything in my ability to confront and address the repercussions of my actions head-on, and apologise personally to those that I affected. This post will serve to remind me that my behaviour was unacceptable, and it is a bid to address issues in the wider events and music industries.
“I appreciate the professionalism of Love Saves the Day for taking a strong stance for their staff, whilst maintaining openness throughout.”
Love Saves The Day’s organizers issued a response shortly afterward:
We received complaints from our staff as to the behaviour of Jack at our Love Saves The Day Festival this summer. We took the complaints extremely seriously and fully investigated the incidents.
Jack met with us and representatives of the staff involved and showed genuine remorse, full responsibility for his actions plus an undertaking to ensure that his behaviour would never be repeated at any event in the future.
Our staff and family have accepted his apology and consider this matter closed, whilst reserving the right to further pursue complaints at such point in the future that we are ever aware of this behaviour being repeated.
Love Saves the Day takes the welfare if its staff and family extremely seriously and will never tolerate any unacceptable behaviour towards them, from any member the public, contractors, or artists.