Huw's DIY Label of the Week: Med School Music
If Hospital Records brought drum and bass to the masses and is the Don, then
this week's label is very much the new kid on the block, but still part of the
While D&B comes in and out of fashion in the mainstream, Med School Music is an outlet for even newer and fresher beats and the producers on the roster are constantly making fresh new D&B, as championed by Bailey on 1Xtra and Fab and Groove on Radio 1!
How, when, where and why was the label set up?
Med School Music was launched in September 2006 as an off-shoot of Hospital Records. Hospital were receiving sacks full of demos from up-and-coming artists from all over the world, but their release schedule was already packed with the likes of Danny Byrd and High Contrast. They felt a new label could give these new artists the exposure they deserved.
Where did the label's name come from?
As the twisted younger sister of Hospital Records with an eye for emerging talent, it made sense to expand the brand with yet more medical terminology.
What's the ethos of the label and which artists are on it?
Med School was set up to release exciting new music that other labels weren't adventurous enough to put out, and to provide a platform for new artists to flourish. Artists on the roster include:
- Bop: An ice-cool 20-year-old from Saint-Petersburg in Russia who mixes drum and bass with heavy techno ambience.
- Trisector: Breakbeat enthusiast from Helsinki in Finland
- Synkro: Manchester-based dubstep/two-step producer
- Enei: Another hot talent from Russia, with tougher bass and beats.
Any releases/gigs coming up?
A new artist compilation, New Blood 010, is coming out on 15 March. It's drum and bass all the way, but with a real mix of deep atmospheric tracks and stripped down dancefloor vibes. Also in the pipeline is a new Bop remix EP, featuring re-workings of tracks from his debut album Clear Your Mind, which came out last summer.
If the label could sign any artist past or present, who would it be?
Squarepusher or Aphex Twin. Med School say they like artists that can carve a niche for themselves whilst managing to walk a tightrope between lots of different genres.
What's the favourite office snack at the label?
Ashley from the label says, "Marmite flavour cereal bars have been causing quite a stir here recently! Otherwise it's got to be macaroni cheese."
If the label were an animal what would it be and why?
A mole, because they're kings of the underground!