Sotonight Podcast 002: Rhymos pres. Whistleblower Records (+ interview)

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Welcome to the second episode in Sotonight’s new podcast series! We launched last month with a mix from BITR8 and now, for this September episode, we’re handing over to the Southampton-based Whistleblower Records. Rhymos, one of the team of four behind the label, has put together a mix for us inspired by Whistleblower’s current and future releases.

Whistleblower Records’ third release (WBR003) dropped last week courtesy of Mister Woo, a collaborative project between Dave Robertson (Rest Robot), Jon Gurd and Tom Powell. The EP comes bundled with a remix from Mark E and is available to purchase now via Beatport. The label’s previous two releases (also available on Beatport) feature music from Alan Fitzpatrick, Rhymos, and others.

Rhymos is a resident at at TRiPP and Junk Department. As such, you can catch him in TRiPP’s booth most Saturdays, including this Saturday alongside Nail, Luca Pilato, and Carlington. We caught up with Rhymos to chat about Whistleblower’s direction, the Southampton scene, pressing vinyl, and Weetabix. Take a listen to his mix and read the interview below:


Direct mp3 download: SOTONIGHT Podcast 002 (Rhymos pres. Whistleblower Records).

Tracklist
Asok – Walker
Moomin – A Day A Night
Damiano Von Erckert – Untitled Emotion
Vakula – 41600
Patrick Chardonnet – Aura Dub
XDB – Tonik
Norm Talley – Ion
Flori – What It is
Levon Vincent – Late Night Jam
Dario Zenker – Cafu
Steffi – DB011
Makam – This Deep
Marcel Dettman – Seduction (Ryan Elliott Remix)

Interview with Rhymos, representing Whistleblower Records:

So Rhymos, what was the original concept behind Whistleblower?

We didn’t really have a concept. Collectively, between the four of us, we have a lot of music. With that in mind, alongside the fact that Dave and Alan had been writing new material under their new Customer alias. we decided to put the music out ourselves on our own new label.

Who are the members of the whole Whistleblower outfit and what roles do they play?

Alan Fitzpatrick, Dave Robertson, Con Fraser and myself. Dave, Alan, and myself control the musical direction of the label and Con is our label manager. We all sort of muck in where we see fit. I’m a bit like the caretaker if anyone spills a drink I will mop it up. I also clean the toilets and do the dusting.

To anyone unfamiliar with the label, how would you describe your sound?

We don’t have any particular sound criteria. If we like a track and feel that it will work we will stick it out. I am not really into labels that release the same sounding tracks every month. For me it’s too predictable. Labels with a diverse music policy are more exciting because you don’t know what the next release is going to sound like. I am really happy with our up and coming release from the Mister Woo boys. It isn’t a straight up house or techno EP and we have been getting some positive feedback on it. I don’t think people expected us to be releasing music like this.

You have already held a Whistleblower showcase in London. Do you plan to hold any more this year? And if you could choose any venue or festival to hold a showcase which would it be and why?

We have no plans for any events this year. However, we are discussing plans for next year already. I would like to do something at ADE and Sónar next year. We will be discussing plans over the next few months. Lets see what happens!

Which artists and labels do the Whistleblower team take inspiration from at the moment?

I think we inspire ourselves. We don’t really look at what other labels and artists are up to. We just concentrate on what we are up to. Saying that though, there is lots of really cool music out there both digitally and on vinyl. I just wish I had a bigger bank balance to buy it all. The scene is as strong as it’s ever been.

Are there any ventures that you don’t cover at the moment that you would like to approach in the future? Vinyl releases, for instance.

Well the vinyl pressing plants are experiencing a massive back log at present due to the popularity of vinyl. So our first 3 releases have just been digi. However I have been informed that this has now changed … so fingers crossed our 4th release will be getting pressed. We will do a sampler of our last 3 releases also so they will be getting pressed at some stage.

How do you feel about the Southampton scene in general with regards to electronic music?

I think it is great here on the South Coast. Local lads James Zabiela and Alan Fitzpatrick have been traveling the world and flying the flag for us lot over the last 10 years, Tom Budden’s ALiVE label has been running now for 6 years now, Junk/Junk Department/TRiPP have been putting on massive events for last 8 years, and the muddywellies boys have been throwing wicked parties for the last couple of years. I could honestly go on with a load more people down here working hard to develop the scene, too many to mention them all. You obviously get your negative types but fair play to them the miserable bastards.

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring producers, DJs, label owners, and/or promoters?

I would say: Do it (whether it be DJing, producing tracks, or running a label) because you love doing it, and not have your main objective to become rich or famous from it. It will only end in tears. I speak of here about a lot of people that work in the industry … they constantly moan and whinge about it. If you are going to constantly moan about it you obviously aren’t enjoying it. So pack it in.

When and how did you fall in love with house music?

I fell in love with house music at the age of about 12 whilst eating a bowl of Weetabix in my Dad’s kitchen.

What is the Whistleblower teams favourite piece of music of all time and why?

I cannot vouch for the other 3 guys but I think my favourite piece of music has to be Mathew Dear’s “Little People“. No matter what mood I’m in I can stick it on and tap my toes.

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