Gramofonowa. x NovaFuture Blog – Poland Special
Part 8: “Selected Record Labels – Interview with 3 label owners”
International Day Off: Me (Gary) and Maciej together organized events in our city. During that time, we invited to Poznan, among others: Cristian Vogel, Minilogue, Konrad Black and Jacek Sienkiewicz. After five years of work on the series of events, we changed the concept of the brand and our label started so. The first release was established a lot earlier. The first artist was our friend, whom we especially respect as musican. – Jurek Przezdziecki. His release “Classicalism EP” icncluded also Sebastian Mulleart and Jacek Sienkiewicz remixes. It was a big thing to us but we felt that would be a good start for the label.
Recognition: It was back in 99… I just recorded a few dozens of tracks in 97/98, so naturally I wanted to release it. There was no electronic music record labels around, so i did it by myself. It was my first album “Recognition CD”, followed by Recognition EP – first vinyl EP on my label. I’ve received very enthusiastic feedbacks from all around the world, so… I had a good start for next releases.
International Day Off: We try to release music from the edge of techno and minimal and I can say it’s a very subjective choice. Mayby word „hypnotic” desribies the style the most as result of musical tastes and prefferences. Deffinietly we’re not going to follow the trends and produce some. Dark, drone, techno stuff. Maciej is taking care of the visual side. We designed the covers has to be made form one certain type of paper with only black slolid graphics on it. The labels are also stamped by us.
Recognition: At the beginning I was focused around my vision of detroit techno but it is basically just what I feel and how I feel electronic music in general… or in particular moment of my life, hard to find a specific genre. Idea is to release what I want & when I want. I mostly work with my good and talented friends as a graphic designers, sometimes I’m doing it alone sometimes I have an idea for a cover or vinyl label which is usually very simple and black and white – sometimes there is no design at all !
International Day Off: We appreciate cooperation with Polish all our artists. We have really talented people here such as Michal Wolski, Jacek Sienkiewicz or Jurek Przezdziecki, already considered pillars of the Polish club scene and many young heroes whom we invited to the label: Fisherboyz, Attache, Piotr Figiel. Some of our releases are made becouse of the fact that really talented people send us their music. We are very proud that we can do some work together. Sometimes it takes months. We know what we want to achieve.
Recognition: I just wanna release my own music and music from my closest friends. That why i wanted to have a label. It’s a small underground label run mostly by …me. I’m receiving many demos everyday but usually doesn’t fit to my profile… or simply have no time and capacity for it. To be honest at the beginning all the records were successful… now it’s more difficult. The biggest “hit” of last years was my “Drifting” album, EP and remixes by Ricardo Villalobos and Roman Fluegel.
International Day Off: It’s very funny because it does not matter from what you play the music but and how can you do it. Let the crowd to do the rating. We’re doing releases differently: digital + vinyl, digital, or a vinyl only(release 004).
Recognition: It’s not a strictly DJ oriented music… its mostly danceable but sometimes it might be hard to mix… its good for home listening and for the dance floor. Some releases are perfect for warmup some for after party. As I said before I’m just releasing my own vision of electronic music and i don’t care a lot what peoples will do with it, an open minded dj will dig it and use it for sure. At the beginning it was a vinyl label but nowadays it all in digital as well. You are not able to escape it. We have some more listening and experimental sounds coming out digitally only. We had some vinyl only releases but generally 90% from recognition catalog is available in digital. Last year we had an art book + cd with more experimental music by Bartosz Zaskórski and also my album with Max Loderbauer this year we have a beautiful prints made for my digital-only mini LP.
International Day Off: We’re also plan to release Jacek Sienkiewicz this year and some surprise from Jurek Przezdziecki. We have a lot of good stuff to realease now.
Recognition: I’m more into experimental / listening music at the moment, doing weird things in my new studio… not many peoples will listen to it I guess. Next releases are not very club oriented. I’ve just released my own mini LP “123418” few days ago. With a chain of varied and modern sounds, after nearly eight years my friend Jackname Trouble is back on the label. Tomek Sroczyński is another long-awaited return on Recognition Records. After his last year’s „Symphony_NO. 1” it’s time for more frivolous sound. His work on the new album lasted for years and the only thing we can say at the moment is that it was worth the wait… more after this summer… thx !
Narciss’ EP “Stadt Ohne Namen” on DRVMS Lt.
3CT’s “Aurora 7” on DRVMS Ltd.
Michał Wolski’s EP “Still Life” on International Day Off
Jacek Sienkiewicz’ mini album “123418” on Recognition