With our ear to the ground, Trash are always on the look out for new music. When we hear of a new label, we really start to get excited! When they offer us an exclusive promo mix showcasing what the label is offering, we really lose our minds! With that we managed to catch up with Slime Recording’s label manager and find out what’s been going on.
SLIME INTERVIEW FOR TRASH MENAGERIE
What made you choose the name Slime Recordings?
Slime is the musical ooze that comes from squishing genres together! A nice big dollop of this stuff is good for lubricating your ears and opening up the aural pores to exciting new sounds. It also makes you irresistable to the opposite/same sex (delete as applicable).
How long have you wanted to start the new label?
A good while for sure. It’s something I’ve had on my mind for a long time but it was about finding the right artists first. I was blessed in that I’d worked in the club promotion game for a bit and met quite a lot of artists through that who had the right elements to be on Slime. So it all came together quite easily in that respect.
What sort of sound will the label be concentrating on?
In terms of genre, none. No specific style, no specific sound. I am totally resistent to the label becoming fixed to one certain thing, mainly because that isn’t how I listen to music. I love all music styles, from the sublime to the ridiculous! All music has merit to me. The unifying thread in these releases is combining music that’s fit for the dancefloor with music that’s fit for the head too, that you don’t have to dumb down dance music to make it more accessable to people. Some of it’s upbeat, some downbeat – but there’s no set pattern, I want to keep people on their toes!! My hope is that people who like one Slime release because it’s a certain genre will then try the next release, and although it might not be something they’re familiar with, will give it a listen and open themselves up to new things.
Are the artists from just the UK, or have you got anyone else from further afield?
Not at all, it’s a global thing! You’d end up with quite a skewed sound if you concentrated solely on the UK. We have artists from Northern Europe and much further afield due up soon. In this day and age there’s more opportunity than ever to communicate with artists around the world, so it seems short-sighted not to embrace that.
Are you going to be releasing anything on physical merchandise?
Not in the short-term. Initially I think there has been some stigma attached to digi-only labels, that they are somehow less credible than those that release vinyl, but that is changing rapidly. Some of the most important labels right now are 100% digital. [plug]The only physical merchandise we have is our lovely range of t-shirts![end/plug]
As a label manager, how specific are your requirements for your artists sound/releases? Do they have to produce a certain style/genre etc or do they still have 100% creative license?
Who am I to say anything to an artist about that?? They produce what they want! When you start putting requirements or restrictions on an artist, ask them to perform in a certain way, you are robbing them of what makes them special in the first place. I trust all the artists I work with implicitly to produce amazing music, regardless of style or genre. If one of them turned around tomorrow and said they were going to just produce mongolian throat singing jazz fusion metal I would be happy in the fact that it would be the best mongolian throat singing jazz fusion metal track you’d ever hear!
Who have you got lined up for releases in the coming months? Anyone we should be looking out for?
Loads of great stuff coming up for you all. West coast house flavours, UK Funky bits, some more future garage business, techno, broken beat, electronica, wonk, dubstep, rave breaks, bassline….the list goes on! And you should be looking out for all our artists!! Phaeleh, Antoni Maiovvi and Submerse are the three breaking through into the big time right now, these guys are going to be EVERYWHERE in 2011. [sic] our techno specialist is really building a name for himself too, he’s a producer with a really unique take on that sound. Kontigo is another new producer who is one to watch, this guy’s tracks are boxfresh and totally sick. Same goes for Kallendar, who is making music totally without genre parameters, so refreshing to hear his tracks. Dekoy is perhaps the most important producer to watch right now, I cannot stress enough how much this guy is a whole different level in terms of his approach to music – and is going to do big big things in the future, you heard that hear first folks!!
Who is the next release from?
Materia, a fantastic producer from Stockholm. This guy’s skills are mind-blowing. His track is the first ever feminist house anthem! It’s going to unite the planet’s sisterhood!! Ladies get ready!!
When will this be out?
With any luck, middle of September. Watch this space!
Where can people find out more about the label?
Our website is at www.slime-time.co.uk, from there you can hit us up on soundcloud, myspace, youtube, twitter, blah blah blah, the social networking goes on and on and on….come and say hello!
Are you looking for new artists to break?
Of course!! That’s the best part of running a label, hearing fresh music! Send me your tracks, any style, any sound. Unlike some labels, I guarantee I will listen to everything sent and give you feedback too, because there’s nothing worse than pouring your heart out into the void and getting nothing back in return is there? Just don’t send me any mongolian throat singing jazz fusion metal, I’ve got enough of those tracks already thanks.
How can they get in touch with you?
firstname.lastname@example.org is the one! Don’t be shy!
- [sic] – Chomp (Original Mix)
- Dekoy – Isolator ([sic] Remix)
- Antoni Maiovvi – Spinning in Cyberspace
- Submerse – Stay
- Dekoy – Isolator
- Antoni Maiovvi – Hot Biology
- Submerse – 1UP
- Dekoy – Lazerface
- [sic] – Chomp (Phaeleh Remix)
- Dekoy – Launch Pad
- Submerse – Oh Gosh
- Submerse – All I Need
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