DD: This label has some very intriguing experimental textures. Very cool to see that embraced. How would you describe the overall sound of Eat Concrete?
EC: First off..thanks for the heads up! To me Eat Concrete is reflecting all the different sounds that I love. As I’m kind of an eclectic this means the label goes in all directions. I don’t really feel it is very experimental but that’s probably because I’ve heard these releases a lot 🙂 It’s quite hard to pinpoint what defines an Eat Concrete release as such, not just because these releases cover such a wide spectrum of styles but also of emotions. I do think there’s a thread going through the label, it’s evolving and I try to keep it fresh. I don’t really care if something is called experimental or not, that’s rather subjective I think. I am mostly interested in connecting with talented artists and in building a catalogue that is colourful and reflecting sounds from the time we’re in. As we can’t predict the future I cannot predict how the label will look in several years time. I hope I’ll still be able to work on it though 🙂
DD: Talk a bit about some of your artists..
EC: Most of the artists I work with are or have become friends. For example, I’ve known Aardvarck for almost 20 years as we’re from the same city in the south of Holland. We’ve done several projects together and will soon release a new EP that’s an off shoot from his Bloom imprint, we called it ‘Gloom’:). It’s actually a split release with fellow Dutchman Kubus, a great guy and very talented producer. Then there’s LA’s Take, I released his ‘Dirty Decibels Of Thomas Two Thousand’ back in 2008. We then did a tour together for a few weeks and have been friends since. He’s working on his new project for Eat Concrete as we speak. Another great guy is San Franscisco based Will Redmond aka Blipvert. We toured several times together and we’ll hopefully do another one early summer. His music is simply unique and I’m proud to have released his ‘Quantumbuster Now’ EP. I feel priveliged to have met and worked with lot’s of nice people so far, it’s just great to find out you are connected on several levels, not just the music.
DD: What are your shows like over in the Netherlands? I’ve done several posts for some Amsterdam based artists and labels (Rubix, The Century, Shook, Grand Jackson, GirlsLoveDJ’s), some of my favorite posts so far..such a free and confident sound in the Netherlands.
EC: Well, honestly, I’m doing different gigs here, it depends on the venue and theme. I like to go in all directions and showcase my label and a broad sense of music as much as I can. Sometimes this works and people are really supporting, sometimes it’s harder cause people expect you to play one type of music. Which is fine with me too.
DD: What plans are you making as a label for 2011?
EC: Big plans! No, seriously.. 2011 is gonna be quite a busy year for me. I’m releasing more projects then ever before including a compilation to celebrate 5 years of Eat Concrete somewhere this spring. There will be tracks and releases coming from Baconhead, Aardvarck, Lumisokea, Caural, Boy King Islands, Blipvert, Funckarma, Enemy Earth, Ichiro, Evan Odd, Kubus and others. Together these cover a massive range of styles, going from Dubstep to Shoegaze and Ambient to Noise, Beats and Disco.
DD: Last words?
EC: Wish me luck:)
Teun / Pete Concrete
EAT022: AARDVARCK & KUBUS – GLOOM // http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=57610
EAT021: ENEMY EARTH – BARDO // http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=57609
EAT020: ROEL FUNCKEN – DAZE FLEXTONE EP // http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=56467
EAT018 : AARDVARCK – ‘Choice’ (FULL LENGTH ALBUM) – http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=54714
EAT019 : FUNCKARMA – ‘Dubstoned EP4’ (EP) – http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=54960
EAT017: BLIPVERT – ‘Quantumbuster Now’ // http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=54120
EAT016: AARDVARCK – ‘Choice On 12’ // http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=54119
EAT015: FUNCKARMA – ‘Dubstoned EP3’ // http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=53391
EAT014: KNALPOT – ‘Serious Outtakes’ // http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=51403
– JIMI JAXON