Flexout Audio is a new drum & bass / dubstep label brought to you by Retraflex, aka Tom Bassi and Stephen Dampier. Tom tells us all about their plans.
Why are you launching Flexout Audio?
We've run a club night in Lincoln called Flexout for three years now and the plan has always been to launch a record label alongside it to showcase original music from ourselves and the artists we work closely with.
What's the ethos behind the label?
We aim to showcase the full spectrum of bass driven music from our favourite artists like reggae influenced drumstep with MC $pyda (Black Tarantula), deep drum & bass from Kasra (Critical) and dark dubstep from Eleven8. Our sets are unpredictable and diverse and we want that to reflect in our label and sound.
Is it a digital label or will you release vinyl too?
The first two releases are digital but we're looking to do some limited edition vinyl in the future...
Can you tell us more about your key artists?
Ourselves (Retraflex), Ben Fawce & Secret Society (New World Ordio) are all heavily involved with the label and you will see more stuff from Tru:tek, Eleven8 and Ed:it as well as Rregula, MC Spyda & P-Fine. We've tried to find a balance between established names and fresh new artists.
When signing a track, what do you look for?
All tracks have to come within the drum & bass or dubstep bracket. The quality of the idea and the vibe is the most important thing and then, obviously, technically it's got to be a good mixdown but what we mainly look for in all of our tracks is intelligence and energy, whether it be in the beat or the bass.
Are you looking for more artists and if so where should producers send demos?
Yes, we are looking for more artists, send demos to our SoundCloud DropBox.
Tell us about your first release...
The first release is a deep and ambient dubstep track from Tru:tek (feat. Fermi) that blurs the boundaries between darkness and light beautifully. It also features a remix from Critical Music head honcho Kasra, which has been going down well at raves, as well as a Retraflex remix on a halftime drum & bass flex.
Got any other releases in the pipeline you can tell us about?
The second release is a four-track EP from Ed:it & Eleven8 called Coexistance, it has a variety of styles on it including a dark roller and really deep dubstep remix from Eleven8 as well as a beautiful piece of music called Sphere by Ed:it. Following that release we are putting together a halftime drumstep EP which is more dancefloor and features tracks from MC Spyda, Rregula, P-Fine, Ben Fawce and ourselves...
Where do you see the label in the future?
We already run a successful club night in Lincoln but it would be nice to take Flexout Audio on tour showcasing our core artists and putting on bigger parties around the UK, but for now we just want to focus on making tunes and keeping the quality control high for our label.
Anything else you want to tell us about?
If you're ever in Lincoln come and check out our parties!
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