5 Questions for … Moving Furniture Records

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Moving Furniture Records is a Dutch record label & the home to artists specializing in the field of adventurous electronic music – drone, field-recording, ambient and sound-art.

Please tell us about your label. What was the idea behind starting it?

Moving Furniture Records is a small record label run from my home music studio “Studio De Baviaan” in Amsterdam. With the label we focus on new experimental ambient, minimalist drones, and other forms of experimental electronic music. Aside from our main series we have a series with Contemporary music (called the Contemporary Series), and there is a side label called Eliane Tapes, which releases music inspired by and dedicated to Eliane Radigue.

I started Moving Furniture Records in October 2008, after the disappointment with two releases by friends of mine on another label. Not only did it take me 6 months of weird communication before I could order the two albums, also so much was wrong with the texts on the artwork etc, that I thought I could do better. I had the idea to at least do a reissue of both releases, of which one I actually could do. 

Now over 15 years later we released on the label over 100 albums, by both renowned musicians and new (hidden) talented musicians. 

While I do run the label alone, I do see it as a big collaboration between me and the musicians, of which quite some also became good friends.

What do you see as the biggest challenges in the beginning?

I guess the biggest challenge never changed for me, and that’s getting the music out there. Reaching out to the press and to shops. I found this difficult at the start, and still find it challenging.

What is the main factor deciding if a band/an artist is being released on your label? Is there a specific key to it?

The most important factor is of course that I should like the music, that’s where it all starts. But, also it has to fit my ideas I have for the label. Though, these ideas are rather vague. It is sometimes just a feeling that I think something just doesn’t fit, even if it is great stuff. Having released so many releases also gives a luxury that I have a few musicians I can rely on, whose work I trust blindly and who I want to continue to support. This way the label becomes like a second family. The difficulty is, you also have to learn to reject stuff, even if it is great stuff. There is just so much you can do.

Any advice for those who would like to start their music labels?

Honestly, my recommendation would be not to start a record label… But if people insist, I think most important is to stay true to yourself, and have fun in what you do. Let it be about the music. And be nice, so ALWAYS reply to demo requests… No is also an answer, and so much nicer than no reply.

Please recommend a few tracks from the albums you’ve released.

This is always the rough question. With over 100 releases it becomes very difficult to just choose a few. But here are some to show the diversity in music we released: