Where threads come together you'd usually expect to find something like a spindle. A round, girating object that wraps and unravels a certain type of matter. A record label obviously does a similar thing, although most organizations that help create, publicise and sell music can certainly be located somewhere. They can either be pinpointed geographically or assigned in a figurative sense as a species or family as in community. Other summarising words may help to specify certain styles and be like drawers - a furniture piece of great help when you try and locate stuff.
The question of how and where Labelship can be located has been lingering in my head since I have launched it exactly 5 years ago (yes, we have a little secret anniversary here!) Meanwhile our existence is being taken for granted, but the nagging question ever stayed: What is the point?
Labelship originally took up its pearlfishing business in Hamburg - a medium-sized metropolitan city in northern Germany with a slight OCD - tendency and a great craving but also a certain clumsyness in cultural matters. Quite obviously a very wealthy place with St Pauli and the Reeperbahn in it. But yet it neither has a bearing on a tasteful radio station nor on an awful lot of music-creating individuals or bands who have dared or managed to leap into international acknowledgement. Not that it would rankle me personally - I'm from that city and an environment that has always musically inspired me in a fundamental way. This is a confession! But lacking a certain satisfaction in consequence I was then establishing a label. Back in 2008 as a very first thrust such great formations as the astounding psych - duo Xrfarflight, progressive insider tip Dear John Letter and the ever so enchanting Emmy Moll came to daylight with their debuts. There has since been a constant challenge for both the craftsmanship of passion and the ongoing maintenance and development of a foundation in creative freedom and a carrier substance for sounds that shalt never be forgotten.
Around 2011 Labelship has started to tackle more international endeavours. Meanwhile I had moved to Sheffield - a relatively laggard, small-ish city in the north of England without a real airport where there are as many pubs as potholes. Nonetheless acts like e.g. Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard, Joe Cocker and Human League represent only the famous tip of the iceberg of local artists and bands of international reputation. Hence I found an overwhelmingly strong relationship of Sheffield's folks with their own language-, sub-, and music- culture that literally dominates everyday life. Experiencing that and also the wonderful cooperation with the Melodica Festival has paved the way to a new perception. Our debut - publications of the English singer / songwriter Kid Decker, Australian mystique folker Owls of the Swamp and co-founder of the Hamburg Melodica Torben Stock have been important pioneers in this transitional process.
Sea of Sundays - the weekly abstract is Labelship's new blog!
From now on I would like to grant you a weekly insight. News and events in context with the musical activities of our artists as well as interesting facts about my work as a label owner, musician, writer and explorer will be written, disseminated and communicated. You can follow this blog on www.labelship.com and our Facebook page. On behalf of our team and artists I am looking forward to a lively exchange, your contributions and comments as well as the next 5 years of Labelship. Let's see how long they will be.
So, as an answer to the ever lingering question of what the point is, I simply propose to be limited to time and space. Next week there will be another Sunday.
Have a good one, groovers.
My special tip of the week is our Hamburg - based artist Meike Schrader who has recently put out the single "Hamborg, mien Hoben". It's a rendition of her song "Hamburg, mein Hafen" (Hamburg, my port) in Low-German, an old dialect that has just recently been rediscovered b a lot of young folks in northern Germany.
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