Huw's DIY Label of the Week: Planet Mu
How, when, where and why was the label set up?
Planet Mu is an electronic music record label run by Mike Paradinas, also known as µ-Ziq (pronounced MU-ZIQ). Based in Broadstairs in Kent, they released one of the first dubstep albums, Vex'd's Degenerate in 2005, and one of the first grime albums, Virus Syndicate's Work Related Illness. In 2006, Mary Anne Hobbs curated the peerless Warrior Dubz, the first of three very successful compilations that the label has put out.
Where did the label's name come from?
Planet Mu was the name of founder Mike's studio.
What's the ethos of the label and which artists are on it?
The label was set up to release beautiful, emotive and challenging electronic music, and there have been over 100 artists on the label to date.
Any releases/gigs coming up?
In 2010, Planet Mu will be releasing some incredible music from the likes of Starkey, Raffertie & Slugabed. In particular, there will be two stunning albums that approach dubstep from original and contrasting angles: Starkey's Ear Drums and Black Holes in April and Rudi Zygadlo's debut album, Great Western Laymen, in May. Before that, there's Rudi's single, Resealable Friendship.
What's the favourite office snack at the label?
The Planet Mu guys say: "We did go through a bit of a Monster Munch phase when they released the old style flavours again, but now we just eat a lot of biscuits."