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why are you mad about that?

this is still one of the better run labels that I ever engage with. Love ordering from them, love their packaging, they are super responsive and all their shit looks great.

akm, Friday, 2 April 2021 23:11 (four months ago) link

cos its insanely brilliant how they have priced their digitals for those of us who purchase etc.

(and yeah, even when i have ordered cds etc, they have always added extras into the package .. )

mark e, Friday, 2 April 2021 23:38 (four months ago) link

FTR he said “it’s” not “I’m”

Evan, Friday, 2 April 2021 23:53 (four months ago) link

cheers evan.
the penny drops as to that response.
i was wondering etc.

mark e, Friday, 2 April 2021 23:59 (four months ago) link

Johnny Jewel’s love life always seemed a bit sketchy to me - he has pretty much had a romantic relationship with every one of his collaborators/signed artists: Ruth Radelet, Ida No, Megan Louise - to name the most important ones. It almost seems to be a requisite to date him if you want to be in his label/band/production credits. And he bounced between these projects involving his set of ex-wives/ex-lovers as if it’s business as usual. It’s too much of a red flag.

That said, I really hope there’s no weird abusive powerplays for anyone involved because I really love the musical / aesthetical aspect going on in every one of the projects in this label.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 3 April 2021 05:41 (four months ago) link

l didn’t have to date him to be on the label at one point! :D

Come on - he’s truly one of the sweetest, most genuine dudes running a label. Has always been nothing but nice when we communicate. Why do some folks always look for the worst?

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 07:15 (four months ago) link

I’m honestly very relieved to read that coming from a direct source. It’d be painful to hear otherwise. I think he’s lowkey a musical genius and it’s easily one of my favorite labels of the past 20 years.

What’s your band/project name?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 3 April 2021 08:54 (four months ago) link

He's honestly a very nice guy from my dealings with him.

I had a few things on the label as Professor Genius - one of their first 12"s and After Dark Vol.1 - and have released a bunch of stuff on other labels under that name since.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 09:00 (four months ago) link

Had no idea! I like your tracks on After Dark 1, especially the closer.

Thanks, tipsy! Yeah that closer track - “Pegaso” - is actually a short edit of the full track found here: templo.bandcamp.com/album/professor-genius

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 12:26 (four months ago) link

Oh love your songs on that comp! I think they really sold the concept at that point and somewhat rare for the label in that they’re synthwave. Discovered the silver & kane remix of Pegaso a couple of months ago via some spotify playlist and that one is great too.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 3 April 2021 15:10 (four months ago) link

Thank you! To be honest at the time they were made I was swimming in Italo and Cosmic sounds as influences. Synthwave is a term I’ve only come across in the last couple of years reading stuff online but I’d be hard pressed to tell you what it sounds like. It’s just electronic music to me.
“Nu Disco” was the term used in press and some shops for this stuff then (‘07, ‘08).

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 15:18 (four months ago) link

But Mike S and Johnny championed my stuff from the beginning and were excited about putting it out there. I think it was a case of the right place, right time :)

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 15:19 (four months ago) link

Yeah I love “pegaso”!! That one squiggly italo synth lead part makes my heart sing

brimstead, Saturday, 3 April 2021 16:36 (four months ago) link

thread delivers.
had no idea re the ILM vs IDIB connections.
to have a couple of tracks on such a seminal compilation like AD vol 1 is quite a thing.
and yeah, as others have said, they are cracking tracks CJV.
been loving AD vol 3 today.

mark e, Saturday, 3 April 2021 16:55 (four months ago) link

There’s other connections. Mike might deny it but I’d say I contributed a great deal to mike and by extension probably Jonny’s interest in italo. I mean they both like to deny the influence of Italo on Italians do it better but that’s just silly anyway.

dan selzer, Saturday, 3 April 2021 17:12 (four months ago) link

xpost Thanks fellow ILMers. Making hearts sing is what it’s all about ! Very happy to know the music means something to you!

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 17:30 (four months ago) link

late to the convo, but after dark vol 1 is connected to a lovely time in my life and "pegaso" in particular is connected with a special memory of playing it at one of the first big parties i ever DJ'd, i have incredible images in my mind of my friends dancing to that song as fog and light spill out of the back of a moving truck in the woods :)

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 5 April 2021 15:39 (three months ago) link

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