Huw's DIY Label of the Week: Studio Rockers
In addition to Tom Robinson's Website of the Week feature on Mondays, Huw Stephens is going to start bringing you his DIY Label of the Week in the form of a link-friendly blog post every Thursday after this show.
Regular listeners to Huw's Radio 1 programme and podcast will already be familiar with the feature, which, we hope, doesn't really need much explaining. We just thought it would be a good idea to start recording Huw's weekly pick for posterity on this 'ere blog.
Running a label is no easy feat. Just ask Sean Adams, founder of the Drowned in Sound website and label (home to Martha Wainwright, Brett Anderson and Bat For Lashes). In a recent interview on the Zimbalam blog, he was asked to give his advice for budding entrepreneurs thinking of creating a new label. His response?
"Don't do it. Don't do it. Don't do it. [...] If you want to start a label, then be prepared to make no money and discover that the music business is a mess and full of unexciting forms and dated concepts..."
Drowned in Sound.com founder, Sean Adams.
He may have a point. But despite what Sean says, there are still hard-working people out there who are fanatical enough about the music they love to start a label of their own, and with Huw's help we're going to show them some love. Take it away, Huw....
How, when, where and why was the label set up?
Studio Rockers was born 3 years ago. Dub connoisseur and A&R man Tony "Moody Boyz" Thorpe met Martin Love (of Botchit and Scarper records) at a dubstep night at London's Fabric nightclub and they decided to start a label dedicated to sonics and quality beats, and this became Studio Rockers.
Where did your name come from?
The name came about from Tony's love of the seminal Studio One record label, and wanting to go with an authentic name which showed the direction the label was heading in. It was almost named "Studio Nutters", but thankfully they went with Studio Rockers in the end!
What's the ethos of the label?
The ethos behind Studio Rockers is finding and developing new artists and constantly trying to break the boundaries of bass. Tony opts for a hands-on approach to his artists and he's like the chief medical consultant in the Studio Rockers' surgery.
What releases are coming out soon on the label?
The artists currently signed to Studio Rockers are: The Moody Boyz, The Widdler, Jazzsteppa, MRK1, Ans, Caper, Hackman, Pempi, Surje, Decyfer, Rush, Bionics,
Our latest releases are:
Ans - Everyday Bulls****
MRK1 - Going down
Pempi - Positive mind
Nuphlo - Subliminal
Gig-wise, MRK1 has a gig at Chester's City Bar on 20th December.
If your label could sign any artist, who would you pick and why?
It would be a toss up between The Clash and Public Image Ltd. Both legendary pioneers in music. The way those two bands blended musical genres into one amazing sound is just what Studio Rockers is trying to achieve. Plus the royalties could keep the label running for eternity.
And finally... if your label were an animal what would it be and why?
A Puffer Fish. They're poisonous little things but if cooked properly, very tasty.
Listen again to Huw Stephens on Radio 1 to hear tracks by Cotti and Decyfer from the Studio Rockers roster.