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It is a pleasure to say we are able to chat with a label who have been under our radar for some time, with releases from the likes of Paul Johnson, Vincent Floyd and Orlando Voorn, and in recent times they have released a fantastic EP from singer songwriter Khadeeja Grace called “Gotta Paint”. We saw it a fitting time to catch up with the label as they announce their next outing from Chicago house don, Boo Williams, a three track vinyl EP that goes by the name of, “LOL”. We asked the Bari based label how the year has been, what they have coming up, and advice for people starting a label, check it out below…
Check out the “LOL” EP here: https://nicepeoplelabel.bandcamp.com/album/lol
Hey guys, thanks for chatting with us today. How has the year been for you? Where are you located, and what is the situation there?
Hey, nice to e-meet you and thanks for inviting us!
Well, it’s been quite a tough year, as probably for everyone, I guess. Music and art in general have been probably experiencing the most tragic period ever, with no parties allowed or, at a certain point, with a limited number of people attending. We all know the consequences of this: some clubs are luckily staying afloat and some had to declare bankruptcy.
Even record sales dropped a bit and made it difficult for artists and label owners to have a clear vision of the future.
I think that the survival of this sector also depends a lot on governments: in many countries clubs, artists and labels have been able to rely on economic resources made available to these categories. We, hailing from Bari (Italy), instead, almost have the feeling that these categories are not even recognized and there has been no support from our government.
Was and still is a difficult time from which probably not everyone will come out unscathed, We, on the other hand, decided not to give up and believe in the power of music, releasing new music in these tricky times, and I can certainly say that it was the best decision we could have made.
How would you say being born and living in Italy has influenced you musically? There is a vast history of house music which has stemmed from your home country.
There is a lot to say about this. Our country has a very strong legacy in house music. But we definitely have been more influenced by our hometown talents we had the opportunity to work with, such as Nico Lahs and Rhythm of Paradise. These guys have been leaving their mark in the house music scene of the last years and we want to keep what they started here.
You recently released a fantastic EP with singer Khadeeja Grace entitled “Gotta Paint”. How did the release come about? She has an incredible voice.
Grace is an amazing talent full of passion for this job, so it’s been a pleasure to work with her. She has a shiny future in house music. We were introduced to her for the first time by Nico Lahs at our ADE party last year in Amsterdam and this summer, when we heard the demo, we fell in love with her voice for the first time.
How does it feel to have someone such as Boo Williams releasing on your label? His “LOL” EP forthcoming on the label is quite something.
It feels incredible having had the opportunity to work with some of the true originators and innovators such as Boo Williams, Orlando Voorn, Paul Johnson and Vincent Floyd. We have a lot of respect and love for these legendary producers and we always want to keep this feeling in our catalogue. Talking about the EP, we are faithful that it will be surely appreciated by all the music lovers and will bang the dancefloors when we’ll be back doing what we love most.
What else do you have planned for 2021 after a very strong start with the Boo Williams EP?
2021 will be a year full of notes for our label and we’re gonna release many different sounds through our future catalogue. After Boo Williams, we’ll be releasing a brand new 4-track EP from a Bari talent featuring an international remixer. Then we’ll move to Detroit for the next one and at the end of the year we’ll have a great come back on our label.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is considering starting a record label?
There would be a long list of advice we learnt in the last years, but the most important are definitely to respect what came before, the music history, and to always recognize and research the quality, because it will last forever.
Lastly, if you can describe your label in three words, what would it be?
Quality Underground Vibes