News from the office, our labels, their artists and the industry
Sometimes we have something useful or exciting to say. Not always, we admit, but when we do, this is the place to find it.
Sometimes we have something useful or exciting to say. Not always, we admit, but when we do, this is the place to find it.
Wow. What a year it's been. We know that it can sometimes seem a bit of a cliche to say that it's been your best year yet - but there really is no other way to describe how 2016 has been for Label Worx. Where to start? Perhaps with the fact that we hit the huge milestone of distributing our one millionth track? Or the opening of our new office in Berlin? Or the continued expansion of our UK offices, dedicated team and upgraded mixing & mastering studio? It's certainly been a year for growth and new additions to the ever-growing Label Worx family in 2016 include OFF, Simma Black, Play It Down, Lost Records, Snatch!, FSOE, Local Talk, ELEVATE and CUFF - we're now proud to work with over 7000 unique labels worldwide, without each of whom we wouldn't be here today. Speaking of working worldwide, 2016 has seen members of the Label Worx team clocking up some serious airmiles - we sat on a panel at WMC in Miami and you might have spotted us out and about at Sonar, IMS, Movement Detroit, ADE and Paris Music Week amongst others. You can rest assured that we'll be back again next year, but we're also planning to add EDC Las Vegas, and BPM Mexico to that list - if you're going, we'd love to see you. Label Worx has had a great year in the press too - we've dished out label advice via a regular industry column in Mixmag, we produced an exclusive mixing and mastering tutorial for Computer Music magazine, and Music Tech magazine featured Matt as their Industry Guru. Not to mention online features with THUMP, The Sun Clubz, Decoded Magazine, Magnetic Mag, YourEDM, Data Transmission, DMC World and more. Keep your eye out for plenty more too, we've got some fantastic ideas lined up for 2017. But that's not all... 2017 is going to be even bigger than 2016. Hard to imagine, but it's true. On top of expanding our foray into events and live streaming, we'll be expanding our list of in-house services to make running a label even easier - tools that will help you with social media and marketing amongst others. And then there's our forthcoming 'Nothing But. Merchandise' service which will be a one-stop shop for all your label merchandise needs, in typical Label Worx 'minimum fuss' style. Oh, and on top of all that - we're going to be celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2017, so you can expect plenty of big surprises to be announced very soon.
DJ S.K.T has become one of the foundations of bass house music with worldwide, chart topping releases including 'Poison' & 'Take Me Away feat. Rae'. His brand 'Up-Tempo Records' was one of the early adopters of the Label Worx platform, way back in 2007. We spoke to him to find out a little more about his brand and why he chose to use Label Worx.
Our live stream partner and legendary audio junkies Denon DJ have unveiled their new flagship range, consisting of the SC5000 Multimedia Player, VL12 Turntable and x1800 mixer, along with an all new version of their Engine software, Engine Prime. We were lucky enough to be invited to a VIP demonstration of the new kit back at ADE in October last year and we're nothing short of blown away by the technology and build quality of the equipment. Denon DJ have been working on these products for the last 4 years and have created something truly magical. Could this be the first rel shot any other company has had at taking over the DJ booth, since Pioneer became the industry standard for DJ's in the booth? We really think so. These new products have been finished with remarkable attention to detail and allow DJs to integrate with the new setup, regardless of ever using Denon DJ equipment in the past, or not. We were most impressed by their SC5000 CD's players quad core processor that does all of the work Pioneers Rekordbox does but on the fly. That's right... There's no longer any need to set your markers and beatgrids using software and a computer before you go to a gig. Just simply drop your tunes on to a USB and the player will do it for you, Including Camelot Key tagging. Their internal Engine Prime software perfectly works this all out for you in a couple of minutes while you are playing another track. Analysing perfectly on the fly. You can also play 2 tracks at the same time from 1 unit, to 2 independent channels on your mixer. These are just a couple of the next level features of Denon DJ's new flagship Prime range. A serious force to be reckoned with!
Evermix have teamed up with industry heavyweight Cr2 Records & UK headphone brand Pump audio in search for the hottest House, Tech House, & Techno talent. All you have to do is submit one of your own 30 - 60 minute mixes, along with a few details to Evermix before midnight on Sunday 22nd January. Easy! You and your mix could be featured on Mark Brown's 'Live & Direct' show, syndicated across 70 stations from 50 countries across the globe - to 17 MILLION LISTENERS. Included in the prize is an annual subscription to Cr2's Sample Tools Platinum Producer membership (wort
The Lab Los Angeles is Mixmag and Smirnoff Sound Collective's weekly post-work unwind where we stream only the finest American and international DJs, live and direct from our Downtown LA office. For the first return of 2017, we've invited Pirupa into The Lab LA this Friday. Hailing from the small peninsula of Teramo, Italy, Pirupa brings his techno and house abilities into The Lab LA while also representing some of the industry's finest labels. With work released on Drumcode, Crosstown Rebels, Desolat, Get Physical, Defected, Suara and his own NONSTOP imprint, it's no surprise that he's been a talented listed and supported by the likes of Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Marco Carola and dozens more.
Beatport still remains to be the world's biggest digital store for DJs and dance music lovers to hunt down the latest releases from the world's best upfront and underground, dance music record labels. This gives them a very loud voice in the industry to shout about the guys who really deserve credit in todays booming dance music scene. Over the last few weeks, Beatport have been gathering votes from DJs and music lovers across the globe to name their biggest selling, DJ's, tracks and labels on the platform. The results are in and we are would love to congratulate all the labels and artists who were named in this years poll.
Bunny Tiger was founded in 2012 by house music legend Sharam Jey. The labels soul philosophy is to supply Djs with solid tracks, made by DJs. With support from the likes of Solomun, Jamie Jones, Dubfire, Eats Everything and more. They continue to move forward as one of the world's most respected, underground labels. We are pleased to announce that Sharam has made the decision to move Bunny Tiger to Label Worx, for us to help expand the label through 2017 and beyond.
Signing the track was the easy part, but with release day now on the horizon your thoughts should turn to promo plans and making sure that this is the biggest track that the world has ever heard. The old saying 'fail to plan, plan to fail' couldn't be more appropriate when it comes to running a label - luckily, Label Worx has your back. We've put together a checklist of the most important things you need to be thinking about in the run up to release day - it's by no means exhaustive, but if you're ticking the boxes below then you're definitely doing it right. And remember that we're always here for a chat if you want to discuss your release plans to double check that you've got all bases covered.
At the risk of stating the obvious, RA believe very strongly that DJing is a form of art. That might sound uncontroversial to readers of their site, but in the world at large, DJs still get short shrift next to other kinds of performers-even the birth place of house music doesn't give them their proper due. In a way the confusion is understandable. To the uninitiated, it might sound strange that someone would be paid, and possibly worshipped, simply for playing other people's music. To the casual observer (especially tax officials), a DJ playing for a sweaty crowd at some weird hour of the morning might not seem culturally valuable. And whether you mix vinyl or 'just push play,' there's no denying that DJing is, on a technical level, much easier to get the hang of than a musical instrument. But beneath relatively simple tasks like beat-matching, cueing and EQing lies a craft of incredible depth and subtlety. DJing means more than playing good records with smooth transitions. It means sensing the mood of a room with incredible accuracy, gauging the collective taste of hundreds or thousands of strangers and giving them enough of what they want to lure them into your own musical world. It means having the entire history of recorded music as your toolbox and drawing from it whatever you think the night requires. Every weekend, countless people around the world shell out hard-earned cash to hear DJs mix records. Some are only after a good night out, but many are looking for something more elusive-a moment of transcendence that's only possible on a good night on a good dance floor with a good DJ playing. With this annual poll, we ask who gave you that experience in the last 12 months. With the result, we toast the artists who, weekend after weekend, give people memories that will stay with them for years, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that dance music is more than entertainment-it's one of the essential art forms of our time. Head to the Resident Advisor website to check out the results of their poll.
2016 has been another vintage year for dance music, with the quality of electronic music releases continuing to astound and delight in equal measure. Our Best Selling Tracks of 2016 are always particularly interesting as it's an honest reflection of what working DJs are playing. It also showcases the breadth of talent currently working in dance music, and contains a healthy mix of established names and new faces. Ranging from the darkest, heads-down Tech House to the sexiest Disco, taking in the very best in Afro, Deep, Jackin, Soulful House an We want to give a huge congratulations to 3 of our labels who have made the top 100. Man Without A Clue's 'Clueless Music' coming in at #7, Low Steppa's 'SIMMA Black' coming in at #5 and Riva Starr's 'Snatch!' taking 1st place, as the best selling record of 2016 on Traxsource.
Lists are a big thing in the electronic community, whether it be a top 100, world's best or genre favourites, everyone gets a ranking. More often than not, most people feel these grades are rigged popularity contests aligned by industry insiders or mainstream media. Beatport has just launched its yearly poll with a stark difference from competitors: A best-of-the-year list voted by DJs, for DJs. The 'Best of Beatport 2016' starts by genre and aggregates nominees by top sales on the site. Once an artist's top five favourite genres are chosen, options are given for each. Among the options are tech house, techno, drum 'n' bass, electro, indie dance + nu disco and more. This year Label Worx users Claude Von Stroke, Dennis Cruz, DJ SKT, Leftwing & Kody, Pirupa, Tough Love and Tritonal have been nominated amongst the other top producers & DJs.
Get Twisted, the unforgettable house music imprint from Tough Love, has grown considerably over the last few years after the success of their first chart topper 'So Freakin Tight'. We have always enjoyed working with these guys as they always deliver upfront, cutting edge, crossover house music. We took 5 minutes of their time to have a chat about how they started Get Twisted and why they chose Label Worx as their disstribution partner.
If you're not being seen, you're not being heard... But don't worry. RotorVideos can help out. Offering custom made music videos for your releases from as little as $15, you can transform your next release in to something visually amazing. Perfect for your social media & YouTube channels.
Tronic is one of the Techno scenes most favoured labels. Boasting a roster of releases from Kaiserdisco, Oliver Giacomotto, Noir, Chus & Ceballos, Eric Sneo and label head honcho, Christian Smith. We took 5 minutes out, to chat with Rena, Tronic's label manager, about why they love to work with Label Worx...
Seen more or less every episode of The Simpsons and know every lyric Skepta's ever recorded? Artist J King's got the goods to make you very happy. Reworking some classic UK releases, he's made a collection of artwork posters that replace the artists with Springfield's finest. Bart takes Dizzee Rascal's spot for 'Bart In Da Corner', boxer Drederick Tatum swaps with Skepta for 'Heavyweight Champion' and Ned Flanders, well, he was 'Born To Diddly Do It'. Dr Hibbert, Jessica Lovechild, Homer, the town's police department, Skinner and Disco Stu also get covers, replacing Stormzy, Ms. Dynamite, Kano, Heartless Crew, Wiley and Tinie Tempah. Something for the bedroom walls, for sure.