- Talking about Spacesisco Records, tell us, how did you start the label and why? What inspired or influenced its creation and artistic direction?
When I started making music in the late 90s I was making French / Daft-inspired Jackin / Chicago house music. By 2008 I evolved into a more Electro House sound with my label Hatrax Records. After I did that for a few years it felt like everyone jumped on the sound and kinda ruined it by evolving it into a commercialized, super cheesy EDM sound. I remember being at ADE in Amsterdam in 2015 and hearing the EDM sound everywhere. It was so uninspiring to me and boring that I felt like quitting. I was actually at a party where one of the big DJs was playing EDM and I noticed that the crowd was just standing there, not dancing. I left the party frustrated and stumbled into a small bar in the heart of Amsterdam where I heard 2 DJs playing underground Chicago House. The bar was empty, with nobody there, but listening to that music again made me happy. It reminded me of my roots and something inside me told me to ignore the EDM hype and to go back to making my original musical sound and to bring it back again despite the current trends against this. So, I decided to start a new label brand and called it Spacedisco Records. The first few releases were generally just my own music, with no support from any bigger labels / managers etc. It was just me, making the music that I loved, that reminded me of the mid 90s when I was a rave promoter and raver. The sound of my label started to attract other artists that loved, and understood, what I was doing. Since then, 5+ years later - I still have the same philosophy with Spacedisco Records and have now achieved 300 releases with over 100 different artists on the label. None of the artists on my label are doing it for the wrong reasons (for money or ego) - we all make music that we love, because it makes us happy - and then that energy and vibe translate, authentically and make the listener happy. I am extremely picky and meticulous about the sound quality of the releases on the label. I master every release myself and design the artwork and animations. I put a lot of love into the content and it shows - as a result, it’s become contagious and is growing quickly and organically.
- What are the best and worst things about running a music label? What are the ups and downs you’ve faced over the years and what are you the proudest of?
The best part of running a label is playing new music to a crowd and seeing their positive reactions. I love every release on the label and am proud of them all. I believe the label has a consistent and high quality sound that will work on any dance floor. I’m proud to see all of the artists on my label growing and succeeding. Traxsource just released their Top 100 Jackin House Artists of 2021 and 40 out of the top 100 artists have all released music on my label. I’m excited about that and feel that, together, we are building a sound, a family, and a worldwide vibe.
The worst thing about running a label is the extreme workload and unpredictable pay. It takes a lot of time to listen to demos, select new music, produce and master music, design art, do music delivery, marketing, accounting etc. etc. It can definitely be overwhelming. It’s also very true that streaming royalties are not nearly fair enough to justify the work put in. You really have to love music to do this job. Luckily, I love the music so much that I’m willing to tackle all of the difficult tasks.
Finally, I love the feeling of family and friendship I have with the artists on the label - Vincent Caira, Sebb Junior, Angelo Ferreri, DJ Dan, Gettoblaster, Sammy Deuce, J Paul Getto, Carlostella, Brock Edwards, Lee Wilson, etc. etc. I feel such a strong connection to them all, we all understand each other, and we’re all on a mission to create music to elevate the world’s frequency through authentic sonic love vibrations!