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Dark Entries was created in my head when I was a teenager growing up in New Jersey avidly collecting records. I wanted to give back to the world all that I was taking so I started to DJ a radio show at my university. Eventually I became the music director and formed connections with record labels all over the world. When I moved to San Francisco in 2006 I would ask these other records labels how they run a label. I reached out to my first band Eleven Pond in 2008 and re-issued their first record Bas Relief as my first release in July 2009. My initial idea was to release a re-issue then a contemporary band, but this pattern was too difficult to maintain. Now I just release music I feel passionate about and hope others will too.
Tu produis et distribues en mÃªme temps. Peux-tu m’expliquer le fonctionnement de ton label ? You work in same time in production and distribution, can you explain to us how your label work?
I handle all the production and distribution from contacting the artists, working on the cover art with my designer Eloise Leigh and then stuffing all the jackets with inserts in my studio apartment. I would love an office with a few
interns, but since I have a full time job in a science lab, my time with the record label is limited.
Comment choisis-tu les artistes avec lesquels tu souhaites collaborer ? How do you choose the artists wich you work/collaborate with?
I usually get lost in youtube black holes clicking on videos endlessly. Or a friend will turn me onto a band they love. Some bands send me demos or mixes. The past two years have focussed more on re-issues, but this year I plan to have at least two contemporary releases out.
Dark Entires lives in the shadow world. We focus our energy on excavating the underground. We’re always digging deeper, researching the past and future hours at a time. Also, design plays an important role. Album artwork adheres to the original aesthetic of the period. Every release has an insert/inside panel that includes lyrics and photos if possible. All mastering is done by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, with over 50+ years in the business, we trust his ears the best.
Quel est le projet dont tu est le plus fier ? What is the project you’re the most proud?
Well I’d have to say any of the releases that I’ve silkscreened over the past few years. Eleven Pond, Death Domain, Dark Day, Neon Judgement, Pesteg Dred. All the silk screening has been done by myself in my bedroom over the years and its a workout! I also have a special place in my heart for XEX who are from New Jersey like me and Vita Noctis who’s music still pushes all the right buttons in my brain.
Qui sont les amis de ton label ? Who are the Dark Entries’ friends?
We have friends all over the world: Mannequin Records, World Unknown, AnnaLogue Records, Optimo, Genetic, Domestica, Kernkrach, La Forme Lente, Beats In Space, Aquarius Records, RVNG Intl, Captured Tracks, Honey Soundsystem, Wierd Records, Mutant Disco, Mick Wills, Led Er Est, The Soft Moon and too many more to list here!
Most recently I can’t hear enough music from Police des Moeurs of Canada and Linea Aspera from the UK. I am also excited by the Blackest Ever Black label in England too!
Quels sont tes projets pour 2012 ? What are your project for 2012?
Thought Noises LP, Buzz – See You Sioux LP, INHALT – Vehicle EP, Dark Day – Exterminating Angel LP, Vocoder – Cuadro SinÃ³ptico EP, ADN’ Ckrystall – Jazz’ MadLP, ainsi que quelques compilations par Stress et un nouvel album de Spastic Joy.
Thought Noises LP, Buzz – See You Sioux LP, INHALT – Vehicle EP, Dark Day – Exterminating Angel LP, Vocoder – Cuadro SinÃ³ptico EP, ADN’ Ckrystall – Jazz’ Mad LP, plus more including compilations by Stress, Altres, and a new album from Spastic Joy.
This song means the world to me. I first heard it when I was 16 at a goth club in New York called The Bank. My cousin was my go-to encylopedia for all music questions and she turned me onto so much
music that would shape my teenage years and my have a massive effect on my record label.
I first heard their song Mannequin on the Despair Mix by Intergalactic Gary in 2008. The sound of these boys from Philadelphia combined pure harmonies and warm synthesizers that still sound modern today.
This is an extended mix of one of my favorite Italian bands by the talented Mick Wills who currently lives in Germany. He extended the too-short 7″ version to breathe and take life over 10 glorious minutes that never misses a beat!
The first Dark Entires band on the mix is re-issue I am proud of. The Flesh album was a pinnacle in the cannon of US underground New/No Wave bands. I first heard this song on the Reminiscent 3-LP box set released by Genetic Records in 2003. Last year I was lucky enough to re-issue the entire Jeff & Jane discography from 1981-1983 with my friends at Captured Tracks in Brooklyn.
What else can I say about my very first band that hasn’t been said. Eleven Pond were diamonds in the rough sea of Rochester, NY circa 1986. This « bedroom mix » pre-dates the album version of « Watching Trees » and I enjoy the skeletal frame just as much as the fleshed out version. Look for it on vinyl this month thanks to Angular Records in London.
I first heard this song on the Assemblage compilation and I needed the 12″ version! Perfect for dancefloor, this Giorgio Moroder collaboration combined David Sylvian’s romantic vocals and arpeggiated keyboards and a sax solo that actually doesn’t annoy me!
A demo my friend Jeffrey Sfire sent me back in 2008 that was supposed to come out on Ghostly International but is finally seeing the light of day on Berlin label CockTail d’Amore. This is the demo version that I have been playing out at parties for years now and I love it more and more with each listen