Leo Urriolabeitia (Re-Drum) talks about the netlabel history….
The idea of making a netlabel dedicated to sample based music, plunderphonics and the likes, experimentation with samples, first started in 2010 when I was still in Brest, France. I had to prepare a student communication project (that could take any form) for the engineer school and I decided to make an album using only samples from the year 1969.
The question was: How to recycle 1969 in term of sounds ? and how to make it right so it doesn’t sound like a Best-Of or a bad collage ? That was a challenge for me as I didn’t knew this period very much, I was attracted by it because of the Man on the Moon and 69 is a particular number But I soon figured out that I needed to study history and music genealogy a little bit. To be honest, when you start listening to a kind of music you’ve never been into, it’s really hard to appreciate and that’s why I couldn’t enjoy properly many of the albums sampled. I was too young and didn’t have a clear picture of what music history was, especially in the XXth century.
Later, I found that, after 2 to 4 years I could appreciate the albums that has been sampled. All the hard to listen stuff like Beefheart, Zappa, Can and Krautrock was what I would enjoy mostly in my future days. I kinda believe that something was here to tell me that the stuff I was sampling was important shit for my future musical growth.
When I see it now, I think what happened was a subconscious process of ideas and memory of a past. I think also that the Collective Unconscious played a role somewhere because some of the ideas seemed to appear from nowhere. Somehow I just knew that some albums needed to be sampled, even if I found them so weird at first (especially Trout Mask Replica by Beefheart).
It was at the same moment that the idea of 1969 and the netlabel appeared to me, like an epiphany.
And that’s after 3 years of life experience that all the things finally connected and now I’m able to present you this netlabel. I started it in January 2013, after I made my second sample based album (Illegal Narcotic Ride) which was an hommage to experimental music and the psychedelic experience. The red line of this netlabel is recycling music and culture in general and make the connection between past music and futuristic ideas.
Frank Zappa and his Encyclopedic approach with satire and humour is what influenced most of our Philosophy.
We also wanted no kept secret regarding the samples that are used. That’s why we include a sample list when we can. It’s a form of sound archaeology.