FIRST & LAST:
Digital Colours Recordings is a new drum & bass label based in
Barcelona, Spain. Behind the label are two veteran DJs of the PARADOX
Spanish d&b scene, Bu and MaZ, who told us more about it.
FIRST JUNGLE/HARDCORE RECORD YOU BOUGHT?
WHY WAS THE LABEL SET UP? First record was on Reinforced in 1991, Manix of 4Hero. The ‘R’ logo was so
For the last two years we were always thinking to start our label, fascinating. Ended up buying a lot of Reinforced, Suburban Base and XL
we know too many people making good music. For us, it’s like the after that.
opportunity to leave an impression of what we like.
FIRST CLUB YOU WENT TO?
WHAT’S THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE LABEL? Back in the day I guess the fi rst D&B one was in Hertford in 1990/91 with DJ
The main concept is to release good tunes and try to keep a bit Trax and Rob Playford from Moving Shadow, the label that we had just signed to
of music in the beats. We would like to involve producers from all at that time. Trax was playing with Grooverider and Hype so it was nice to meet
around the world in the label, musical tastes from everywhere are Hype and Groove face to face for the fi rst time.
welcome. In music, soul & bass we trust.
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR KEY ARTISTS? My only job before music was when I worked in a local Sports centre. I was only
Alien Kid, who is also one third of the Allied Force outfit: pure 14 so I used my father’s National Insurance number and pretended to be 17 to
soul, funk and jazz infected d&b. Trippcore is from the Canary get the job. Well, it was my father’s idea really. Indian fathers, he wanted me to
Islands and a newcomer on Digital Colours - we love his work straight away to learn the value of money.
energetic and melodic sound!
FIRST TUNE YOU MADE?
HOW HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR ARTISTS? Christ, my fi rst proper studio track was back in 1989 with The Plastic Jam from
We have a lot of friends in the drum & bass scene, people making Labello Blanco recorded with DJ Trax under the name Mixrace. We sent the DAT
good beats. We always get many dubplates from our friends and tape to Colin Favor on Kiss as he had a show called ‘Demo DAT Pressure’ and we
from producers that wanna get involved on Digital Colours. won that week along with another unknown artist called Aphex Twin. Colin Favor
played our track ‘Hyped to Level’ along with joint winner ‘Didgeridoo’ and that
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? alerted the labels onto us.
The short-term plan is to release on vinyl as soon as we can,
probably after this summer. Also coming out soon is our second FIRST GIG ABROAD?
downtempo compilation from our side project Dubcelona. Milan, Italy in 1997 and believe me I was crap. Made a lot of mistakes and
panicked a bit but overall it was okay. On my return to Milan for the second
WHAT’S THE D&B SCENE LIKE IN BARCELONA? chapter my UK power strip blew up and all the equipment turned off mid-set.
There is a quite interesting scene in Barcelona, you can fi nd d&b I’ve have some funny live episodes, but that’s what it’s all about, live is exactly
clubs from Wednesday ‘til Saturday. There are some good crews that. Fingers crossed for Exit festival methinks.
making good parties. All kinds of events: big, medium and small
clubs featuring international and local line-ups every week. LAST TRACK YOU MADE?
We just fi nished the new Esoteric cut called ‘L.S.D Jazz’. Totally Nucleus &
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT Paradox b-boy-ism, will freak some people out, but will also get the veterans
We promote monthly parties at Blau Club in Gerona, our next head-nodding. Gwarn!
parties in July and August feature TeeBee and Aphrodite. We
also have monthly residencies at Bassline Club and Xpressing LAST TIME YOU WERE DRUNK?
Club in Barcelona. Out with Nucleus in Vilnius city centre last week and we got chucked out of a bar.
Well, Nucleus was asked to leave anyway.
Mooncat – The Root of all Evil / Cutworks – Speakin (DCR004), LAST TIME YOU GOT ANGRY?
Sunday EP: Kg – Can’t Stop / Bu – Soulfunktion / MaZ – Vaporized A few days ago at Agota’s. Wasn’t her fault though. I’m a Leo and we’re a jealous
/ Trippcore – Cyberninja (DCR005); Bu – Soulfunktion (Syncopix bunch. Got the photo of my angry face to prove it too.
remix) / Alien Kid – Nothing Left ft. Isla Zebra (DCR006)
LAST TIME YOU LIED?
Every week constantly pretending I’m 25. Nothing wrong with knocking a decade
off here and there though.
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