Foot-stomping the Bristol house music scene forwards, based D-i-Y imprint Futureboogie is doing for electronic music what Marilyn Manson did for death metal.
2012 is Futureboogie’s tenth year in club land. Originally starting life as a no holds barred, DIY party in good old Bristol town, back in 2001, Futureboogie has blossomed and become a worldwide respected website, management and booking agency, regularly broadcasting radio shows on FM and online throughout the UK, Japan, Turkey, Italy and Austria. The collective behind Futureboogie recently launched their own record label showcasing their pool of Bristol based talent and promoting the exciting musical wave rushing across the city at present. The label already boasts a great list of hot artists including Julio Bashmore, Waifs & Strays, Christophe, Lukas, Behling & Simpson and Coat of Arms with incoming releases from Maxxi Soundsystem, Eats Everything and super exciting new act The White Lamp. 2012 looks all set to be the year of the Futureboogie. Schwing.
What distinguishes Futureboogie from other record labels? Our hand embossed record sleeves.
Who are your strongest musical influences and references? Crikey – big list! Personally speaking, from my childhood and growing up, it would be Stevie Wonder, ELO, The Beatles.
What are your plans for expansion? More releases, some new artists, maybe progressing to albums next year. And a line of excellent branded tableware.
What are some of the up and coming DIY record labels you tip for 2012? Somethinksounds are great. And keep an eye on Idle Hands too.
What are some the major labels you aspire to build Futureboogie to the calibre of? Well if by major you mean actually major labels, then none of them. If by major you mean big indies, then labels like Warp and Ninja Tune have been massive inspirations.
What have you got coming up for the label in 2012? Next release is by The White Lamp It’s You – it’s a beauty. Following that another EP from Behling and Simpson, and then hopefully releases from Crackazat, PBR Streetgang, and maybe some more new artists before the year is out.
Describe a typical day at work at the label? Wake up. Fierce gym session. Take out the horse for a trot. Polish the Beemer. I still like to do that myself. Yell down the phone at my assistant to sell some more goddamn records. Lunch of alfafa sprouts and black olive tapenade. Skype conference call to see how the Guetta collab is coming along. Sauna. Gin. Job done.
Text: Milly McMahon
Photography: Masha Mel