Run by NYC subterranean dweller Mr Uno, UNO Records is the fast-moving, risk-taking imprint that keenly scouts some of the most exciting electronic artists of tomorrow.
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Experiencing goodness first hand, at loft parties, basements bars and independent events about town, Mr Uno spends most of his time listening to what other people tell him to. Surrounding himself with promoters, photographers and web designers whose influence he values over any of his music industry peers, this guy’s appreciation for a decent tune drives him hard. Boasting a roster of artists with incredible potential and current accomplishments Jacques Greene, Fatima Al Qadiri and CFCF are just a few of the signings UNO Records lays claim to. i-D online pinned down the allusive Mr Uno for a five minute quiz on everything he’s about. Read this, listen to his exclusive mix and look right.
What distinguishes UNO from other record labels? A general disregard for our own health.
How do you describe the aesthetic and ethos of the label? Ugly, unfit, wildly different but hopefully wonderful at the same time.
What’s the longest you’ve managed to last on what started as a night out? 1 weekend is the limit. Over Bloc this year we were forced to self manifest the spirit of a two day festival into one long night.
What are some of the up-and-coming DIY record labels you tip for great things? Constant respect for Acephale, Fade to Mind, Hippos releases. KDJ’s Mahogani Music is the outright star for their diversity and art.
Describe a typical day at the label? Try to catch up with yesterday. Make some false promises. Battle with everyone over self-imposed meaningless details. Chase artists for assets. Try not to mess up too much. Pick up masters from Rick Essig at REM Sound which continue to amaze us. Try to not mess up too much.
What are your plans for expansion? Only as it’s absolutely needed. We’ve been operating on the least dependence possible so far.
What have you got coming up for the label in 2012? Mykki Blanco’s Cosmic Angel Mixtape. Label debut of Don Froth and Aquarian. More No Relation edit records from Nguzu, Physical Therapy and Kallisti. Hopefully another Arca and Gobby 12″.
Text: Milly McMahon
Artwork from left: Cocoon, Fur; Mykki & the Mutant Angels; Lay It Down, Jacques Greene; COMETRUE, CFCF; Stretch 2, Arca; NRG.