Huw's DIY Label of the Week: DC Recordings
This amazing album by Kelpe arrived recently, and blew me away. It's
interesting, groovy and delicate, heavy and beautiful too.
So, I wanted to find
out about the label behind the album, and it turns out they've been going for a
while, sowing the electronic seeds of grooviness everywhere they go!
How, when, where and why was the label set up?
DC Recordings was set up by Jonathan Saul Kane and Alain De La Mata from the ashes of Vinyl Solution, an eclectic London record label that ran during the 80s and 90s.
They wanted to make a more focused label, so in 1995 DC Recordings was born.
Where did the name come from?
DC Recordings is from the name Depth Charge, one of J Saul Kane's musical aliases.
What's the ethos of the label and which artists are on it?
The label is home to seriously funky retro-futurist electro acts like Vincent Markowski, Kelpe and Emperor Machine, DC's aim is to release interesting records where the artists don't have to fit to trends too much. They like to cut their own groove!
If the label could sign any artist past or present, who would it be?
George Clinton, as he mixes a wide variety of music but he always puts his own individual stamp on it.
What's the favourite office snack at the label?
DC say answering this would cause a fight!
If the label were an animal what would it be and why?
Easy - a squirrel. They like nuts.
Don't miss the Huw Stephens podcast this week to hear tracks by Arcadion and Kelpe.