I was interviewed by my friend Abed Hathout from Khalas and the music startup I belong to named Indiepush for an awesome independent news site. I talk about my music and my perspective of being a native of Los Angeles in relation to its music scene.
(I’m pleased to present an interview with the founder of Two&Two Records, a UK label specifically for ambient and experimental artists. You guys know that I love this genre as I write this music also, so I hope you read and give the label some love.-Derek)
Derek: Tell me about Two&Two Records, how did it get started?
Neil: I started Two&Two back in November last year and basically I was at a point where I felt comfortable enough from everything I learned co-managing Dred Collective that I figured why not do it myself. I’ve loved that kind of music for a long time now and wanted to play a part in bringing it more attention.
Also recently a good friend of mine Rhamy has come in to co-manage the label which I think will work well. Rhamy and I are pretty much on the same wavelength and we don’t take ourselves too seriously, which is quite key I think, just because some of the music we release is dark and moody it doesn’t mean ourselves or the label should be.
Derek: What inspired the label to be a representative of ambient and experimental artists? What is your mission as a record label?
Neil: Just for the love of it basically, that’s all there is to it. We’re passionate about the music and want to help it along, we just want to keep growing and see how far we can take this.
I’ve got a long list of people that I would like to be involved with the label at some point. That’ll just continue to grow as we’re always looking for something new in experimental and ambient music. So yeah that and hosting events, something a bit different though, we’re going to take our time with it and make sure it’s spot on. Apart from that we’re just taking it as it goes.
Derek: The music industry has a lot of distribution methods, why should an artist choose Two&Two over another label or doing a DIY approach? What makes you guys better than the competition?
Neil: I don’t believe we’re better than the competition; In fact I have a lot of respect for the labels that are already established in this genre. I’m proud of what we’re doing and how it’s gone so far but we’re still very young as labels go, saying that we do have plans and definitely want to delve into all different areas of experimental music, so I think in that sense our palette of releases will be broader in comparison to other labels.
I think this compilation will show the variety of sounds we’re into and want to be more involved in, so if we were talking to a producer or someone came across us and felt they would be right for the label then we’re happy to have them involved obviously.
Derek: Say an artist is in the ambient/experimental genre and they are interested in joining your label, what do they need to do? Or do you handpick artists?
Neil: It’s a bit of both, we’re set for a number of releases after the comp and I’ve got people in mind I would like to work with in the future like I said. But all someone would need to do is either send us a demo or drop us a message.
Derek: How many artists do you currently represent and what regions of the world are they from?
Neil: Well we’ve had 4 artists release EPS on our label so far located in Belgium, Colombia, France and Australia
Derek: Being a London-based record label, would you say that your city is a hub for this type of music?
Neil: I would love to say it is but it isn’t in my opinion, nowhere near. There are things going on around the city don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to this type of music it’s not a hub. I think Italy or France has that down; a lot of decent producers are rising from there in this genre.
We’re soon to be Bristol based anyway, Rhamy already lives there and I’m planning to move over there soon. It’s such a good city in terms of openness and diversity with music so hopefully we can build a hub there, who knows.
Derek: You have finished a compilation album that showcases artists with Two&Two, when will it be available to the public?
Neil: All the tracks will be up on the 15th for preview and then released on our bandcamp on the 25th for free.
Derek: Is there anything else you would like to add before we finish this interview?
Neil: Erm just a thank you to yourself and everyone who has supported/ been involved with the label so far, we’re having a lot of fun doing it and it’s been a pleasure to work with everyone. Oh, also we’re planning a collaborative night with another label, one that I’ve been a fan of for a while, so look out for that!
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