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10:32 am - Thu, Dec 5, 2013
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Q&A with Franki Chan from IHEARTCOMIX (ILM LA)

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What is your inspiration for your label?

I originally started the IHEARTCOMIX label because we were having a lot of success working with new artists through our events, so it seemed like a natural extension of what we do. IHC’s main focus has always been on working with new artists and shining a light on talent we feel deserve it.

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

I’m heavily influenced by the world of comic books and film. Both play heavily in our graphic design and marketing techniques. We blatantly steal from both worlds all the time and try to apply these styles to everything we do.  I think having  sense of story and suspense in what you do is an important way to build context.

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have at your stall?

Since we’re in the process of clearing out older stock and merch to make way for all of our new stuff next year, we’ll def be selling things at a nice discount. Older records will be a pretty fair amount off and even some of the newer merch will be on sale! 

At this year’s event, new bar and arcade EightyTwo will be hosting a Street Fighter 2 tournament. If your label had a Street Fighter 2 character, what would its name be?

NERD RAGE!

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas number one and why?

Acid Girls. Because they never got what they deserved!

10:19 am - Wed, Dec 4, 2013
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Q&A with Neil Schield from Origami (ILM LA)

What is your inspiration for your label?

The label started as a project to help my talented friends get their music out. At first all I wanted was to provide a door or step ladder to bigger things for them. I never intended it to be a full functioning label with marketing, publicists, or sales sheets. The label continues that spirit after 7 years. We only release music by people we are friends with first and do our best to help find our friends the next step in their careers.

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

Funny or not, I really love In-N-Out. The reason they are successful is that they’ve maintained a very simplified idea and executed what they do very very well. They were never swayed to add a chicken sandwich or onion rings to their menu. I like the idea of serving your niche and serving it as best you can. I’m not attracted to the idea of trying to do everything for everybody.

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

We’ll have test presses of all of our releases for sale. We’ve never made them available so that’ll be cool. Almost 2 years ago we released NO’s “Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever” and it sold out pretty quickly and we’ll have some test presses of that EP  on hand, which I expect to go fast.

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

Blade Runner

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

Ariel Pink because wouldn’t that mean there was a complete paradigm shift in what the public perceived as pop

5:28 pm - Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Q&A with Jane from Because

Hi Jane, do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?
The discounted sweet selection in Tescos. 
What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

Come spend £20 and over and you will receive a very ltd edition, screen-printed, Metronomy “I’m Aquarius” 12 inch & a Because vinyl sampler. Everyone purchase will get a tote bag. Not going to lie… No one else will do you a better deal. Apart from Richer Sounds down the road. Go see Joel. He has been employee of the month 5 times this year alone. Seriously, his prices are CRAAZZZY.  

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

Beer-cause.

Very clever. Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

Connan Mockasin, without a doubt. Picture the scene: sheepskin rug, glass of Baileys, snow-a-falling, Connan’s dulcet NewZealand tones on the stereo.. Caramel.
4:41 pm
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Q&A with Jaimie from House Anxiety

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What is your inspiration for your label?

Wiiija circa 1997

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

The words of Richard Curtis.

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

I’m trying to get the Czech’s to deliver our double 12-inch Courtney Barnett LP in time, not really a deal, but it’ll be an exclusive.

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it?

Ferret’s Crown

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

I think Childhood could do a bangin East 17 cover

10:22 am
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Q&A with Danny from Clubhouse Records

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

WE’VE GOT FREE BADGES AND T-SHIRT GIVEAWAYS, TWO-FOR-ONE DEALS ON CD ALBUMS AND DANCING GIRLS (EXCEPT NOT DANCING GIRLS). WE’VE ALSO GOT OUR ARTISTS ‘SINGING AND SIGNING’ THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

What would be your ideal Christmas party (venue, guests, entertainment etc)?

THE BASEMENT OF BIG PINK IN WOODSTOCK WITH THE BAND PROVIDING THE TUNES AND ALL OUR CLUBHOUSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY WOULD BE THERE. KEEF RICHARDS AND GRAM PARSONS WOULD BE MIXING THE COCKTAILS AND MAVIS STAPLES WOULD CLOSE THE NIGHT WITH A MEDLEY OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS IN A GOSPEL STYLE.

Which person would you most like to meet under the mistletoe?

LINDA RONSTADT (1977) OR ZOOEY DESCHANEL (ALTHOUGH I’M NOT SURE HOW TO PRONOUNCE HER NAME?)

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it?

CLUBHOUSE CRAFT - A DEEP RICH BEER WITH WOODY OVERTONES AND A HINT OF BOURBON

And lastly, Wham! or The Pogues?

OBVIOUSLY THE POGUES BUT IS A DUET OUT OF THE QUESTION?

12:26 pm - Mon, Nov 25, 2013

Q&A with Philippe Ascoli, Marathon Artists

What is your inspiration for your label?

Life

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company? 

The air we breath

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

SURPRISE!!!

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

LONG RUN 

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

Ask me next year….

3:57 pm - Thu, Nov 21, 2013
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Q&A with Alex Hislop from GETME!

 

What is your inspiration for your label?

Working with new artists in order to achieve what they want.

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

The aesthetic of the label is very important to me so I guess, the broad term that is “Art” is a big influence.

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

We have test pressings, all our previous releases and some screen printed editions of our latest release, some new t shirts too!

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it?

Nilbog

 Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

Kit Grill because he has done our first LP release.

3:47 pm

Q&A with Colin Newman from Swim & Pink Flag

What is your inspiration for your label?

Well there are two labels: Swim ~ which is the label which my wife Malka & I have run since 1993 (yeah it’s 20 years old this year but we’ve been too busy to do anything about it!) and Pinkflag which is Wire’s label run by myself (since 2000). Although they are different they have a lot in common and in many ways started for the same reasons. When we started Swim ~ we already had a studio and were making productions and it kind of made sense to do a label. We sought a lot of advice and were helped a lot by Mute in the early days but the basic idea was that we wanted to be able to make music, as artists, and then release it on our own terms in our own way. I guess we were at the forefront of the self-release revolution. The first 3 albums (Malka’s “Rosh Ballata”, Oracle’s “Tree” & Immersion’s “Oscillating”) were all basically by us, although we pretended Immersion was by someone else. In the process of releasing our own stuff we started to attract other artists, initially as re-mixers but soon people were bringing us stuff to release. 

Pinkflag answered a similar need, initially the releases were mail order only but with the onset of the “Read & Burn” series we started releasing through distribution (Cargo). Of course now pinkflag is a much bigger label than swim ~ but actually it’s more like an overgrown sub-label! Both labels ultimately depend on what comes out of our studio (called swim studio, the clue is in the name) even if these days budgets are a bit bigger and we can do initial recording elsewhere. Neither label has any employees. It’s all about being able to make informed decisions about what you do as artists.

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

Although I have mixed feelings about the work, I think Damien Hirst has completely blown apart the notion that artists should merely be passive spectators in the commercial exploitation of their own work. The whole point is that if you understand how your own market works you can be “commercial” within your own terms rather than bending yourself out of shape with attempts at lowest common denominator general commercialism. 

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

Well, both labels have quite a few catalogue items which are no longer available anywhere (even from our mail order), especially vinyl! Some of these will only be available in perilously small quantities at “collectors” prices, others with be more affordable! We’ll also have some very special ILM only deals. Come & check it out :)

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

Well for pinkflag it would have to be “pinkflag” - we’ve actually been thinking about doing our own Wire beer brand, perhaps one of your brewers will be interested to collaborate on a short run! For swim there is actually a rather nice craft beer brewed in Israel called Malka! It’s a rather good thing that it tastes great :)

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

Well pinkflag has only one artist (we don’t even release Wire member’s solo recordings) perhaps Wire can re-do “A Serious of Snakes” which has a few Christmas references in it although new song “Blogging” (as in “Blogging like Jesus”) also has a couple! However neither song has the required sentimentality..

For swim~ Malka  should have a Christmas No.1 because even though she is Jewish she actually likes Christmas more than I do (although to be honest neither of us like it that much, rather be somewhere warmer!)

To be honest I think we are the least likely people to have any kind of Christmas no.1!

1:16 pm

Q&A with Simon from Scratchy

What is your inspiration behind Scratchy Records?

Initially, it was to release my own music. Back in 1996 my friend/mentor at the time gave me a copy of Patti Smith’s debut single, her haunting version of ‘Hey Joe’ and told me how she’d put it out herself. Then as time went on I realised that I got a lot of pleasure from promoting other people’s music, plus there is virtually no pleasure in promoting your own stuff! I have also been lucky enough to find myself surrounded by people creating amazing music and so it seemed like the obvious thing to do to try and help them get it heard.

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

Ha! I’ve been working in telesales for the last 24 years (and before that, briefly on the stock exchange.. DON’T SHOOT) so you’d think I might have some useful traits that would help me sell records but strangely I don’t see music in any way related to money. I know that sounds ridiculous coming from someone running a record label but I still have a naive belief that if you release something good then there’s a chance people will like it and recommend it to their friends. Ultimately when I think about the musicians / bands I love I think about their music not how much money they made. I don’t give a f*£k about that. otherwise I’d probably still be working on the stock exchange with a beer belly wondering what my life would have been like if I’d tried doing something that I actually enjoyed.

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

I’ll have some amazing deals on the scratchy back catalogue including acclaimed releases from the rocks, Spork, full English breakfast, jonny cola & the a-grades and my own band, bromide. Plus my wife makes amazing cakes so there’ll be some of those as well.

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

Sod off this is my beer, get your own, sorry.

Amazing. Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

Probably jonny cola & the a-grades- a) they’ve already got a song called ‘all I want for Christmas is an action man’ and b) they’ve got that 1973 top of the pops Xmas special vibe down to a tee.  

11:56 am

Q&A with Andrew from Milk

Hi Andrew. What is your inspiration for your label?

The label initially began formed out of my reverence for the DIY feminist and queer labels that sprung up in the 90s. a succession of these could be traced right up to 2009 but seemed to be dormant, or just really slow moving by then. I wanted to release bands that i loved and i guess these were bands that otherwise would have had releases on labels such as slampt, IRRK, youth club tape club etc. Right now I would say our inspiration is taken purely from the amazing acts we work with/ hope to work with. 

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

I suppose we take cues from the wider DIY community and what that means for the way you operate in almost all aspects of life. It’s an empowering way to do things - create your own culture, not f*£#ing anyone over and having to live up to your own set goals. 

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

We will most likely have a bundle deal on our previously released 7 inches! We also have a meal deal for the latest release - Shopping - t shirt and the LP ‘Consumer Complaints’ for £15. Also lots of “MILK” related gimmicks. … and Palm Reader - buy an LP, learn of your own death!

Uh-oh! At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it?

Milk Meade

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

Satellites of Love - because Christmas isn’t depressing enough!

11:20 am - Wed, Nov 20, 2013

Q&A with Darren Smallman from Battle Worldwide

What is your inspiration for your label?
I grew up in the Australian punk & rock scene of the late 80s early 90s and the DIY labels of that era really stuck with me over my career. Labels like SST, Merge & Au Go Go built strong brands around a collective of likeminded artists and fought to get the records they loved into the hands of music lovers worldwide.
I believe in independence and relentless dedication.
Promoting what you love and not what you think the masses will consume.

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?
Not really. My subscription is expired for The Economist. I just stick with my basic rules of:

  1. Work hard.
  2. Play hard.
  3. Do the right thing by everyone.
  4. Have a good time. 

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall? We have a heap of great stuff on sale including:

  •   CDs, vinyl & downloads from all artists with some signed stock.
  •   Metallic print BWR tees.
  •   2GB mixed bag USB samplers.
  •   BWR tote bags.
  •   Hand stamped BWR CD samplers.
  •   There will be deals on bundles and all purchases over £20 gets a tote bag.
  •   Maybe more… we’ll see.

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it?
This is a tough one; I would say Old Grey Tiger.

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?
Nope, thank you. No thank you very much.

2:46 pm - Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Q&A with Ian Johnson from Ambush Reality

Ian, what is your inspiration for your label?

The need to release our music, but an initial reluctance to do it with any of the label systems that were available to us at the time.

A reluctance that proved well-founded when we licensed the second album ‘Common Dreads’ to a major label, but that’s another story. 

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

We do the label with PIAS, so a lot of the day-to-day and “boring bits” are taken care of by them and our manager.

But the label only releases Enter Shikari music (thus far, we’d would like that to change in the future), so there isn’t really any label decisions that aren’t soaked in our DNA. 

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

The main thing is an exclusive ‘Live At Rock City 2009’ LP. We did it on CD ages ago, but it sold out really quickly and hasn’t been available since. That’s on heavy coloured vinyl too, so.. nice.

ALSO… and IF the pressing plant gets it to us in time, there’s a ‘The Paddington Frisk [Shikari Sound System Remixes]’ 7” which will make its debut appearance at the market too.

Might do some ‘Ambush Reality’ tote bags, badges, shirts and stuff if we can sort it in time. We’ll be bringing some older, rarer / deleted releases… vinyl singles that we’ve been squirrelling away.. that sort of thing. We’ll put these out at random points throughout the day, otherwise it ends up like Record Store Day, with loads of Ebay leeches queuing up from 3am and getting stuff before the actual fans do. Element of surprise will foil ‘em!

We’ll also be doing some bundle deals and on the spot discounts for people who’s faces we like the look of.

To be honest, we’ll make a lot of this stuff up a couple of days before the market day… why change our normal M.O eh?

 At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

We already DO have our own beer… brewed by the good men of Signature Brew of London town. They’re at the Brewer’s Market, so they’ll have our beer with them, its called SSSNAKEPIT. 

 Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

As previously mentioned, Enter Shikari is the only artist on Ambush Reality right now, so there’s your answer! :) 

11:03 am

Q&A with Vinita from Rocket Girl

What is your inspiration for your label?

My life has inspired the label. Loving music and being obsessed with artists, groups, albums and singles  from a very early age. It saved me as I was growing up and I hope my releases help others get through life in a way that it helped me

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

I run an old school record label model but my love for numbers and maths has been a huge help in running it for so long. I was taught about money and budgeting with pocket money and saving up for what I wanted so I think my family stood me in good stead 

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

Loads of deals. As I run a mail order shop (over 2,000 titles) as well as the label there will be SO much to choose from but really if someone is willing to flick through the stock, particularly the 7” singles they will find some great gems and rarities at the standard price of a 7” single or less.

I need the space so everything will be heavily reduced including some bargain boxes too along side band merch including t-shirts and bags and not forgetting the free flying saucer sweets as always 

There will also be a rail of some limited Retro Girl stock too - the vintage clothing company I run

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

Rocket Fuel

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

I’d like the forthcoming Rocket Girl compilation ‘100’ to be number one then I get to share the number one spots with several artists :)

It is a special-priced compilation out on 2nd December as a digital download to say thank you to the fans

Find out more about Rocket Girl by visiting their website, here!

2:27 pm - Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Q&A with James Passmore, National Anthem

What is your inspiration for your label?

The original inspiration for starting National Anthem was purely so I could release HAIM’s ‘Forever’ EP. It still amazes me that the girls trusted me with their first ever release because at the time of asking I didn’t even have a name for the label and had no idea how to get vinyl manufactured.

Wearing my other hat as a radio plugger I’ve worked closely with labels like Chess Club, Neon Gold, Communion, Luv Luv Luv and Transgressive and it’s fair to say that they have all also inspired me to start my own label.

Do you have any influences outside of music in how you run your company?

The only one I can think of would be my girlfriend Ella’s clothing company London Loves LA. Ella started the company with her sister Sophie and I’m so impressed that she has built the company up from scratch to place where it is her full time job.  

What kind of deals, and indeed steals, will you have on your stall?

I will be selling releases by The Orwells, Sir Sly and Wardell amongst others. Quite a few of the releases are very close to selling out and so should be grabbed while they can. All of our releases are limited edition and we usually only press 300 copies and so we like to think people who buy our releases are getting something really special.

I’m hoping to dig out a couple of copies of our sold out releases from CHVRCHES, HAIM and Josh Record and if the vinyl arrives it time I will have some pre-release copies of our latest signing Ecstasy’s debut ‘Exhale’ EP.

At this year’s event London Brewers’ Market will be selling the capital’s finest craft ales from a selection of great micro-breweries. If you brewed your own beer, what would you call it? 

I’m a fan of a bad pun so probably.. Lager Than Life

Which of your artists would you most like to see have a Christmas Number One and why?

That’s a toughy… I’d have to go for HAIM really because without them the label wouldn’t exist and I also feel that their success has really helped to make the label an attractive home to other bands and artists looking for a home for their first releases.

On a Christmas tip… CHVRCHES fans should listen out for their upcoming Weekend Live Lounge on Huw Stephens show in December where they will be performing a Christmas cover. I already know what it is and I expect it to be amazing based on their previous covers of ‘I Would For You’ by Prince & ‘It’s Not Right But It’s Okay’ by Whitney Houston.

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