Perpetual Recordings (Interview)
Perpetual Recordings Interview.
Q1: Hello, what’s been going on and can you give us a brief insight into the new label?
A: Perpetual Recordings is something that was put together over time to showcase artists that have got to know each other over a long space of time, that work very well together.
The family consists of producers such as Old School legend Bay B Kane, Terminus, A.D.S.R, Cold One, Soul Defiance, Redox, Jammin J, Darkhalf and SubStance, Kolizion and there are more joining us that we can’t confirm yet.
There are collaborations on the go and remixes too to get each producer working alongside each other to create something a lot bigger than your usual track 1 and 2 that you see on most EP’s these days. We aim to delve a lot deeper than that and that is our main aim
Q2: This day and age new labels are coming out on a daily basis. What do you think makes a label work and gives it a long lasting name?
A: I hate to say it, but being able to make a label a product and brand is the main priority It’s in my opinion very important to have your own sound that stands strong with its presence. Every label needs that I.D. A flavour that people can relate too is a key element to having a successful label.
lot of dedication is needed along with a lot of communication with each other and also with DJ’s who support the label. A hell of a lot of Promotion is a must, you can never have enough promotion. It can seriously take it out of you sometimes working on a label, the hours put into it and to be honest the thing that keeps it going the most is the Love! Without that, it would be pointless even starting up!
Q3: Why do you think so many DJS have now gone on to CDJS?
A: I personally do it because it saves me hefting a huge bag of vinyl about, I am 38 now, still DJ’ing and always will, or I like to think so, and converting was a big thing for me as I used to be a Hip Hop DJ. But as regards to other D.J’s, I would say it’s cost effective, it’s a huge saver on space and CDJs are a lot easier to maintain in clubs too. I have played out on some awful Technics set ups in clubs and that was also one reason I decided to switch myself.
Q4: When you look for a new artist, what do you look for in them?
A: Hmm, this is a good question. They have to be inspiring, that is my 1st call with anyone I meet to be honest but especially the artists on the label. I also have a long chat with each one to get some background on them, and ask them if they like working with other people.
I also like people to be down to Earth. I like the music they create to have some depth and feeling behind it and a reason for its existence. It has to have more than just a basic drum beat with a sub on it, Music is a key role when signing, and they need to know real music. It can get quite deep sometimes when signing someone. but it is a great feeling when finding great producers who are dedicated and have respect for one another. Things start happening then, good things.
Q5: Have you got any funny moments you can share with us about a night out while DJing?
A: The worst thing I ever did was pick up the wrong vinyl while it was playing, I just got out of it by doing a little scratch set when dropping it back in, but it was very embarrassing. Another time a woman came up to me once and asked for Wigfeild ‘Saturday night’ so I put on Schooly D’s version instead, which I thought was hilarious at the time.
Q6: What kind of sound are are you looking for on Perpetual Recordings?
A: Music with depth, that kind of creates its own aura when listening to it. We love our breaks here, our classics, future Jungle, Intelligent Drum And Bass both deep and dark, reggae, electro and more!It interests us more when producers have a musical background, a history behind them and not necessarily in Drum And Bass.
Q7: What do you think about some of these awards, and do you think that the voting system works?
A: I think they are silly and to the point that all I can do is laugh at them. There are far too many producers that are very much loved by their fans out there that don’t even get a say and that is why I won’t go into it. I have to laugh every year at best newcomer though, they are usually around for a good 10 years before they are considered for that title I presume?
Q8: Who’s dropping some heaviness for you at the moment?
A: Mikal is dropping some seriously heavy tracks at the moment, Anile just gets deeper all the time, Manifest is making some seriously heavy tracks too, Verb, I.N.C and NFR, Icicle, Goldie, J Majik and Wickaman, DBR UK, Centrik, Vidual is coming out with some nice Tech flavours, as well as Kr4y. For my more mellow moments I tend to listen to Kryptic Minds or some D Bridge. I’m into far too much music at the moment to even answer this properly, I could write an essay ha ha. I love a lot of music!
Q9: What is it about Drum and Bass that keeps you here?
A: The vibe, the bpm, the unity and the people I have met along the way, it’s also a huge love of the music and the Winston Brothers.
Q10: Will you be going down the Dubstep route?
A: Yes, more so, but on the deeper side of the music though. This is something that’s being considered.
Q11: Whose you top DJ right now, and what makes a great DJ?
A: Icicle, he’s just too good! A great DJ just knows! I can’t explain it to be honest, it’s in the blood. To some, a great DJ is someone who dances, throws his hands in the air and does rewinds a lot. It’s also about the way the music blends and the delivery of the tunes in the right atmosphere and vibe.
Q12: Next big name from the up and coming world please?
A: Soul Defiance. You will know about him soon.
Q13: What made you come up with the name Perpetual Recordings?
A: A lot of thought went into this as it goes. We want our music to live on, and for our sound to grow and to flourish as time goes by hence the name, Perpetual.
Q14: Will you be doing vinyl on Perpetual?
A: Not sure yet, it’s always an option though.
Q15: What do you think about going down the commercial road as a DNB act or label, is it a good thing or not?
A: Different strokes for different folks on this one. I’ve seen some great live DnB acts perform so I’m in favour of that and if it puts our music genre in the spotlight more, than I’m all for it. I’m personally not looking to do that sort of thing, but can’t knock it! Although there are also deeper tracks in the charts, so you never know what happens in the future?
Q16: Do you think social networks work, or are they just glorified places for people to boast egos?
A: I see some have huge egos, some people say they run tings, some people do though and don’t even post on facebook at all because they are too busy running tings. Ha ha seriously it can be a mad place to do social networking, but it is a must in this day and age. You have to connect with the public.
Q17: If you could sign any artist for the label who would it be, and why?
A: Goldie, silly question, nexxxxt! Lol
Q18: What do you do to relax?
A: Watch a good movie, or listen to music that is on the more chilled tip. Do some reading and Meditate as well.
Q19: Can you tell us a little bit about what we should be looking out for over the next few months on Perpetual Recordings?
A: Yes, There is the All Too Calm EP dropping on April 2nd. That features Terminus and Darkhalf. Terminus delivering us with some deep pads and intricate beats in all too calm and Darkhalf just giving it to you raw with his track Black Widow. There is an E.P due to drop within the next few months from Kolizion, two great producers who have created something very deep for Perpetual, Terminus has remixed it and that will be out sometime in the near future!
Q20: Finally to finish off, Can you leave us your best DNB tune in 2011.
A: J Majik and Wickaman- The Ritual, gets my attention every time that track!
Shouts from Robbie of Perpetual Recordings below
You of course for the support, much respect for that! Lydon @ Extent Recordings Group, My Mum, All of the Perpetual family, DJ Trax, Ashatak, Spindall, DJ Onyx, Jamie Smith @ Bassdrive, Hue Jah Fink @ Binary Feedback, Lewis and Callide @ Cygnus, Acidrain, Xcessive, Hika and all our fans!
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A Big thanks to Perpetual Recordings for dropping by, and thanks to you guys and girls for reading it…
Perpetual Recordings was formed when a group of producers put their heads together to create something that will keep growing and bursting with creativity which along with dedicated team work and something big in common, the Love of music, Perpetual are ready to make their mark within the industry!
The Perpetual Recordings family itself consists of producers such as Old School Jungle legend Bay B Kane, Terminus, Darkhalf, Kolizion, Jammin J, SubStance, Redox, A.D.S.R and Cold One. Although we are predominantly Drum n Bass at the moment, we do aim to border onto other genres of music such as reggae, Dubstep, breaks and techno. This gives us all a chance to be more opened when it comes to making music. We all have different musical backgrounds and aim to inject that formula into the label.
Press Release PERDNB001.
Perpetual Recordings are very proud to announce the launch of the label in April with the ‘All too Calm E.P’ which features Terminus with his track ‘All too calm’ and Darkhalf with ‘Black Widow’. Two very deep tracks from both sides of the emotional spectrum.
1- Terminus- All Too Calm.
All Too Calm was snapped up by Perpetual immediately and is a very stunning track to say the least. It has the most beautiful pads that have the ability to sooth the mind, which is something we all need, especially in this day and age. Along with the excellent Break patterns and smooth sub bass, this a track that is destined to take you to a very blissful place, only most can dream of.
2- Darkhalf- Black Widow.
This is a very strong track indeed and was influenced by real passion. It builds up into a crescendo and then let’s loose in the main section with tear out break work, heavy bass stabs mixed with smooth sub drops and gorgeous pads that will entice you heavily into the arrangement. Along with the use of the deadly vocals in the intro, this is an incredible piece of music!
So, get ready for the official Launch of Perpetual Recordings in April, Offering some of the smoothest and deepest sounds around!
PERDNB001- Release date: 2nd April 2012
Click on the track now to listen!