Hi Mick thanks for taking the time out your busy schedule, So we know your now heading up the A&R for Pro-B-Tech Records can you tell us how this came about ?
Brent approached me at the end of 2012 with an idea about releasing new TILT material on his label. I thought he had some good ideas and more importantly great enthusiasm for music. First and foremost he is a music lover, its easy working alongside people like that, so when I was asked to come on board it was an easy decision to make. We now have a 3-year plan in place – so far so good!
Pro-B-Tech is still quite a new label on the scene yet you have some major player already signed, how did you manage to get these people involved?
Easy my friend – “Smoke and mirrors”!! I’m joking, no I obviously I reached out to a few people I know within the music industry and basically told them what ours projected plans were. Thankfully (with a bit of blagging) we managed to get some fantastic producers on board at an early stage, which is vital with any new record label. I’m very lucky in the respect that Brent and I have a great team of people to work with from Fergis who now looks after all our PR and press – to Rob who takes care of all our social media/networking. And finally Tom at Believe digital who is our label manger and deals with all our distribution
We saw a release from the Underground Allstars a real supergroup of DJ’s and producers, Rumours are of another release coming soon, where did the idea for these projects come about? And why Pro-B-Tech ?
The Underground Allstars was something I had personally wanted to for many years. I was given a great life making music and I thought we could help people less fortunate whose families needed assistance with medical bills and equipment. So I asked a few close friends what they thought about writing and remixing a track for release, then see if we can raise some money by getting its signed. That was two years ago and so far we have raised in the region of £4000 for two disabled children and their families. Pro B tech were one of three labels interested in getting involved, but Brent really wanted to really support the cause, so it was a win win for the Allstars!! This project would be basically high and dry if it wasn’t for all the label, producers and remixer’s who give up there time to work on the tracks; I owe them all a huge ‘HUGE’ debt of gratitude!
The first half of 2013 has seen some quite impressive releases on the label can you tell us about your plans for the 2nd half?
We have the new EP which features new and up and coming artists we are supporting. Then we have the new Dave Seaman and John ‘00’ Flemming ‘Unexpected Item In the packing area’. That comes with a new Hernan Cattaneo & Martin Garcia remix plus a Dubspeeka remix. We also have the new Underground Allstars, which is called ‘Night Pressure’ that will come with two massive remixes. Following that we have two brand new TILT tracks, which we are releasing as a double A-side. And finally we have a couple of new projects we are working on with the guys at Believe digital – so watch this space as they say!
Do you have plans set out for 2014? What are your goals?
We are really excited to have signed the new Sam Mollison album. He is currently working with Leon Windsor and I’m hoping to hear the fruits of their labours within the next few months. That is going to take up a massive amount of our office time when it lands, but were ready for it. I’m a huge Sam Mollison fan and delighted to have him involved with the label – he is a clubland legend!! That aside we want to expand into other territories within the music industry and that is certainly something we are working toward.
The dance music industry is ever evolving do you think Pro-B-Tech can grow with the industry? Do you see the label as a major player going forward?
It is vital we are aware of our market and target audience. I am very tuned into what’s hot at the moment and that’s something I bring to the table when we make our label signings. I certainly believe we now have the correct tools in place to make it really happen over the next 24 months and compete with the likes of the bigger independent labels.
You’re obviously very busy with the new TILT album, heading up A&R how do you find the time?
I am always busy; to be honest I never switch off so I’m very used to the idea of spinning plates when its come’s to work commitments (much to the annoyance of my Girlfriend). TILT is a huge part of my life and 2014 you see a brand new album and new DJ/Live tour. Being head of A&R is something I relish and I take great joy in receiving a rough track (in demo form) and then working it into something, which the label/artist/DJ’s/club scene love!
What are your plans to get more exposure for the label?
That’s really Brent’s department, my job is to make successful signing’s and work with/expand our roster of recording artists. I’m sure the exposure side of things will come naturally. As I mentioned before we now have a press agent working alongside us so will help greatly pushing our Label. On the flip side of that we have a few cool label events happening (when the time is right we will make that public)
Obviously you have some big names signed up – Kastis Torrau, Arnas D, TILT, Namespace, Fulvio Perniola, How or what are you guys doing to support these guys through Pro-B-Tech?
Part of my job is to keep the entire roster active and involved with projects we are working on. That might be a remix, DJ gig or collaboration. PBT is not about taking the product and run (like many labels today). We made a conscious decision from the start to work closely with our artists and get them the best platform for profile exposure we possibly could. Obviously with the PBT label events that will expand that concept further – it’s the reason we are so motivated as a group!
Final one for now Mick, where do you see Pro-B-Tech Records in 12 months time?
On the Moon – The skies the limit!!!