It’s not often you find a stupidy worthy cause to champion – and it’s even rarer that we have the opportunity to do so in the MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire series. So when I got chatting to Pretty Neat Records, I knew the following feature was going to be a great one. If you haven’t heard of PNR; read on, listen to their mix and then do everything you can to support what the guys are doing…
Who and what is Pretty Neat Records?
We are a digital label based in both London and Brighton – and we donate 100% of our revenue to Mind, the mental health charity. We’ve got a pretty eclectic taste and try to reflect that in the music we sign. We love everything from ambient electronica, through dub and techno and into drum & bass.
What led to you starting the label? Is it something you’d recommend doing?
The label was set up in memory of a friend. And yes, we would absolutely recommend giving it a shot to anyone who’s considering launching a label; it’s brought us all a great deal of joy and satisfaction. Not to mention the opportunity to hear, release and support some amazing music. I think we’ve also benefited from the fact that we’re non-profit; we don’t have to stress about trying to squeeze money out of the digital music industry, we know we’re just in it for the sheer love of it. I think that’s kept things fresh and positive.
With so many Djs embracing digital, there seems to be a gradual move away from traditional vinyl releases from labels these days. What are your thoughts on this?
Well, as a non-profit label, vinyl releases are completely out of the question for us. We simply don’t have any money to invest in it. That said, vinyl does seem like a format that’s at risk and a lot of people hold it very dear, so I think it deserves support (personally I’m a laptop DJ though, so I might not be the best person to ask haha)!
Any new releases we can look forward to?
Very much so, we’ve got a great summer schedule shaping up; watch out for:
And there’s a whole lot more where that came from. Also we’ve got our 50th release coming up, so we’ve got a few treats lined up for that!
Who’s currently on your roster?
Wow, too many to list here… We’ve got an artist roster on our website, plus an army of remixers and contributors!
What’s the future of bass music – where do you see the genre going?
Phew! I couldn’t even begin to speculate; the term is such a kind of foggy all-encompassing thing as it is, I expect the range of music being described as ‘bass music’ will only keep getting wider. Personally I’m most excited by the stuff thats happening in the middle ground between club-oriented tracks and ambient, experimental home-listening style stuff. There’s some really interesting sounds forming that involve elements of both, that’s certainly something I’m keeping an eye out for.
Any events lined up that we should get excited about?
Any advice to upcoming Producers/ DJs trying to get signed?
Stick with it! Keep doing it for the love, not money. Keep posting it around, you’re bound to find someone like-minded who will give you some support. And keep making music just for the fun of it!
It was great chatting to label MD Simon about PNR – and the mix the guys have done for MIG x FKOF is as good as the interview. It’s only 8 tracks/ 25m but it’s straight PNR releases from artists who have all donated their music to the label (and given up any associated royalties). Not sure about you guys but I’m going to be doing everything I can to support the label in the future! For more information about Pretty Neat Records, their upcoming releases and everything else, follow the guys on Facebook or visit the PNR website.
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1. Altimeter - Lumen
2. Organic Matter - The Lone Wolf
3. Stealth Elf - Muscle Memory
4. Negative Nancy - Out of Here
5. Organic Matter - Crying Robot (Psonikadia remix)
6. Altimeter - Atlantis Dub
7. Partyson - Her Eyes
8. About 9 - Snow Day