Futureboogie Recordings, the Bristol based, genre-defying label has cause for celebration, both internally as well as externally. Whether it be their mile-stone, 20th release, having just been named ‘Label of the Month’ by Resident Advisor or the total, overall success of the brand (which houses a management company and booking agency, monthly club events and promotions, The Futureboogie DJs, radio shows, etc, etc), Futureboogie co-creators, Dave Harvey and Steve Nickolls have only one thing in mind: a good time.
A certain ‘family-oriented’ vibe characterizes the Futureboogie label as tiny bit of research would lead one to find that the overwhelming bulk of the catalog is supplied by Bristolians. Their first release, ‘Father, Father,’ by close friend, Julio Bashmore, is credited as the impetus for the labels creation and it’s that ‘first name basis’ that has permeated every subsequent release. “It’s people we want to go to the pub with, as well as we like their music….” says Harvey (in their RA ‘Label of the Month’ article) and it’s this notion that beautifully wraps up their love of the music they release, as well as it’s creators.
On the heels of their DJ appearances at Burning Man and Festival No.6, I caught up with Dave Harvey to chat about candy bars, the label’s future and world conquest.
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RiCHARD.GEAR: First off, If you where a Twix Bar, who’d be the left twix and who’d be the right?
Dave Harvey:I’d definitely be the left one and Steve would be the right – have you seen his hair?
RG: How did you two meet? School? Day Job? Clubbing?
DH: Steve used to run a night in Leicester called Peak – I’d turn up and harangue the DJs, he’d look at me like – ‘who is this mouthy little twerp?’, it kinda grew from there.
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RG: You’re based in Bristol, which has a rich and varied musical history (Roni Size/Reprazent, Portishead, Tears For Fears, Massive Attack/Tricky, Stanton Warriors, Way Out West)… How has living and operating out of this hub influenced you as artists?
DH: It’s a great city, a proper melting pot of sounds, styles, parties – a rich mix that has produced all the above and more – it’s influenced a lot of what we and all the artists on our label have done – and continues to do so.
RG: This month, the label will be celebrate it’s 20th release and, with an artist stable that includes such monsters as Eats Everything, Maxxi Soundsystem and Julio Bashmore, what can the listeners expect for the next 10 releases? Any “big fish” you hope to sign in the coming year?
DH: Is it 20 already!? Yeah, we have lots of exciting stuff upcoming, a new EP from Outboxx just about to drop, singles from Felix Dickinson, Hackman, Lukas and a biggie from Crazy P who are proper family to us which we are really excited about. We’re always on the lookout for new signings and there is a long list of people that we are just waiting for the right material from – they’re all big fish in their own way.
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RG: You two have a hectic DJ schedule and play all over the UK and Europe, what’s the next continent you’ve been itching to dominate?
DH: We are very fortunate in that we do get to go all over and play other people’s records – after this recent trip to the States we really want to get a little tour sorted out there, the name is starting to mean something, in a very small way – so would be great to get out there sometime soon. South Africa and Australia are also very much on the list – but how do you fit everything in?
RG: Favorite releases thus far and why?
DH: The White Lamp was a huge release for us, Father Father will always be special as that’s the one that started it all – and I feel that the Crackazat release was criminally overlooked – but they’re like children, they’re all special to us – and when you’re putting out your mates music, something we have been fortunate to do with nearly all our releases – that is even more of a thing.
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RG: Do you guys ever hit the studio and, if so, when can we expect some tunes?
DH: I once made a couple of tracks with Jim from Crazy P but, to be honest, it was all his talent and just my bluster – never say never but I think it’s unlikely you’ll be seeing anything from us in the near future, we’d love to have the time!
RG: Open mic, anything you’d like to add?
DH: We are very excited about the Outboxx and Lukas EP’s that are imminent and a couple of big parties we are throwing first off in London on October 26th with a stupidly big line up, Omar S, Maxxi Soundsystem, Horse Meat Disco, Optimo, Classic Records and a whole host of our crew – plus our annual party at Motion in Bristol where we have the mighty Dixon re-joining us after we had him come play for us first about 6 years ago – alongside a huge line up of our crew and friends – that’s gonna be lively!!!
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