Three times DMC champ DJ Cable has just launched his own label, Triangulum. As a DJ, he's known for floating between hip hop, electronica, dubstep and grime and, as Cable explains, his imprint will do the same...
Why have you set the label up?
To put it short, there's so much good music out there that deserves to get heard and made available to the public. Sadly, a lot of these tunes either remain on dub forever or never even see the light of day, and I wanted to be able to share with everyone some of the music that I feel deserves to be made available; be it an up-and-coming producer or an established artist.
I also wanted an outlet for some of the more deeper, experimental stuff that my peers and I have been recently making, and I thought Triangulum would be a great place to showcase that particular side of things too.
The name refers to the Triangulum Galaxy. I've always been interested in the idea of space and the unknown, and what could be out there. Certain aspects of electronic music (dubstep in particular) have that 'spacey' kind of feel, and I'm into a mixture of weird, wonky and dark music, so it made sense to me to go with that name. I'm also a massive sci-fi and comic book fan too, so that was another reason. (Little known fact: I actually got my DJ name from the X-Men character, Cable.)
What's the ethos behind the label?
The label specialises in mainly 140 bpm music, with an emphasis on the darker / deeper / purple side of dubstep, instrumental grime and experimental music. I plan to switch things up every couple of releases; mainly to avoid being pigeon-holed, but to also keep things fresh for the listener / consumer, and to share with everyone the varying styles that I'm into.
Saying that, a lot of producers are experimenting with different tempos, and given that I listen to and play a variety of different styles, you might see something outside of the 140 template on the label in the near future. Also, rather than sign a bunch of tear-out / jump-up tunes that would be flavour of the month on the dancefloor, I'm aiming to push what I consider to be forward-thinking productions that will have that longevity - tunes that you can hopefully revisit later down the line.
Is it a digital label or will you release vinyl too?
For the time being it's solely digital. However if there is enough demand later down the line, or if there is something that I think could work well as a limited 10" or 12", then I'd definitely consider putting out a physical release.
I definitely miss that aspect of music (collecting records), and whilst I still try to support the cause and purchase the odd bit of vinyl here and there, most of the stuff I'm getting sent is usually .wav or a 320 mp3 – and given that most DJs now tend to use either CDJs, or a DVS such as Scratch Live, it made sense for me to start off digitally.
Are you looking for more artists and, if so, where should producers send demos?
Most definitely! If you want to submit anything for consideration, you can either use the DropBox on our SoundCloud page or simply email email@example.com
Tell us more about your first release...
001 sees a collaboration between myself and Fused Forces, who have been on a roll for the past year or so. Yoshimitsu is pretty dark and minimal. We were actually playing Tekken 6 whilst making the tune, hence the title.
The B-side comes courtesy of DCult, who's recently been getting support from the likes of Crises, Cyrus and Youngsta. Drunken Master is the harder of the two tunes, and is more of a roller. He's making some great material at the moment. Both tunes have received support from the likes of Mistajam (BBC Radio 1Xtra) and Rod Azlan (Choice FM), so it's been a promising start so far.
Got any other releases in the pipeline you can tell us about?
Yes! I've got DCult down for the 002, with Teeza confirmed for the 003 release. Both guys are killing it right now, so it's exciting to have them on board.
Anything else you want to tell us about?
The first release is already out at Digital Tunes, Juno Download, Boomkat, iTunes, etc. If you like what you hear. We might be putting up the stems for Yoshimitsu for download soon, so if anyone fancies a go at remixing the tune they can do so! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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