15 Years of Moon Harbour (Matthias Tanzmann interview)

 

Unlike most house labels, Moon Harbour is one of the only to be celebrating their 15-year anniversary and already talking about their 20th. We catch up with label manager Dan Drastic and Circoloco/DC10 Ibiza resident Matthias Tanzmann to find out the secret to owning such a successful and well-known label.

 

“It was quite a journey for us from a little Deep-House niche operation to an internationally well-received Tech-House label. I met Matthias shortly after he founded the label with André and was always a fan and now I’m working here for already 9 years and couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved in those years.”

 

To celebrate the 15th year anniversary of Moon Harbour Recordings, a compilation album ’15 years of Moon Harbour’ has been released, supported by the likes of Richy Ahmed, Catz’n’Dogz,Yousef and Steve Lawler.

 

Drastic explained the idea behind the compilation album; “We actually started on the concept in September of last year as soon as it dawned on us that we have this anniversary coming up. Over Spring and Summer, we compiled the tracks with the premise to get a lot of core artists and artists we worked with over the last 15 years”, With Tanzmann commenting; “Compilations have always been a little favourite to me. I like to bring artists together for a special release and it offers a great value for the DJs.”

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As if celebrating the techno and house label’s anniversary with the release of the compilation album is not enough, Tanzmann leads the artists on a worldwide tour, playing legendary venues in Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Italy and Dubai to name a few – “I am looking forward to the tour in general. There are so many great places that we will stop at. Most stops will be in Europe, but we will also be hosting our 15 Years of Moon Harbour events in South and North America.”

 

So what is it that keeps the Moon Harbour family so tight for 15 years? Its rare to see a label so tight, as it is no surprise that tensions run high with the 24-hour partying, “I think a lot of labels are started out of the wrong reasons and as soon as people realize how hard it is to run a label they just quit. Music-wise I think we always tried to adapt enough to stay current while never forget the groovy, organic Tech-House vibe we stand for. Of course the music we releases changed a lot since 2000 but the key elements of stayed the same. Business-wise you always have to keep up with trends, don’t get to comfy with how you worked over the last years, because it might change super quickly.

 

In the end, the shows are the thing you are doing the whole thing for. Okay, sleep deprivation might be not the coolest thing, but it’s worth it most of the time. This tour was a challenge in the planning phase since we had a certain time window we would hit, but thanks to André and Jan, our bookers, we got quite a cool tour together.”

 

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Thank you and Goodbye

I’ve been itching to write more of a personal blog post for a while now, there’s only so much transcribing you can do before you’re asking people in real life to speak slower, so you can catch up with your written piece. (This may be more of a journalist inside joke, i’ll just shut up)

Today is International Womens Day, I’ve just left a screening for the 2015 film ‘Suffragette’ – completely speechless, my heart is literally jumping about.

I’ve never had much knowledge on the Suffragettes, after watching this film, as well as being a few pages into Melanie Phillip’s ‘THE ASCENT Of WOMAN’, I’m more proud to be a woman than i ever have been before.

I’m more enthusiastic for this national day, the suffragettes put their own lives on the line, lost their children, their homes, to fight for equal pay and the right to vote, for that i will thank them for every day of my life…

I’ll thank them by standing up for my own opinions, i’ll continue to speak up for myself and every other activist, this bit is really important – I’ll ignore any person who feels embarrassed when i speak up about something i’m passionate about…

believe it or not, there’s people out there who say “Ruby, why do you rant so much over twitter? why do you go to protests?” they’ll tell me i’m cringey, i post too much, i go on too much about what i’m up to, blah blah blah…

This goes on to something i’ve wanted to write about for a bit, since my interview with Anton Newcombe, since i’ve settled more with being on my own, i’ve realised a hell of a lot of things.

If you’re not happy, change what you’re doing. If you’re not happy with the people surrounding you, move on, go find new people, I’ve met some of the most incredible people recently just by going off and connecting with people who give off positive energy.

Surround yourself with people who are happy with your success, who want to genuinely hear about your amazing day out. There’s nothing i feed off more than hearing people describe their passions or something creative their doing at the time.

And if there’s people who you daren’t leave because you get a vibe they may be talking ill of you, then fuck em’.

Life is far, far too short. It really is that easy, just start with small changes, find a new job if you’re not happy at your current workplace, listen to some new music, go somewhere you’ve never been to before, keep your genuine friends close and leave anyone with negative energy behind.

I couldn’t have done half of the amazing things i’ve done if it weren’t for certain people, i’ll never stop thanking them for it, as well as the people who are just all round supportive.

I’ve stopped comparing myself to Victoria’s Secret models or Instagram famous people, people are creative and expressive in their own ways, we are all different and mean something to someone. I’ve stopped worrying about the people who complain about my social media yet continue to follow me. I’ve stopped trying to get people to like or accept me.

I’m happy with my friends, i’ve surrounded myself with some of the most open minded, easy going and supportive people in the world and i’m trying to be that person. I’ve left my grudges behind. I’m happy with myself and that is not a crime.

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Here’s a picture of my best friend Chloe and I, it’s her birthday today. Just one of those mate’s you will keep forever, fills me with happiness does this buddy.x

 

Peter Doherty & James Johnston exclusive limited edition 12″ vinyl for RSD 2016

With Record Store Day just around the corner, Clouds Hill have a little something up their sleeve.

A Peter Doherty & James Johnston release exclusive limited edition 12” Vinyl, due for worldwide release April 16th.

Track Listing

 

a1. Peter Doherty – The Whole World Is Our Playground (2:43)

a2. Peter Doherty – The Whole World Is Our Playground, performed live & acoustic (2:45)

aa1. James Johnston – Dark Water (6:40)

aa2. James Johnston – St. Martha’s, performed live (3:15)

 

It has been 7 years since Libertine’s frontman Peter Doherty’s solo album Grace/Wastelands and his 2nd solo is due for release in the autumn of 2016.

James Johnston, guitarist for PJ Harvey and currently Gallon Drunk’s frontman, is also releasing his debut solo album through German independent record label Clouds Hill, with his 1st commercial single due for release before summer.

This special 12” vinyl includes intimate live recordings from the Clouds Hill Festival in December 2015, which took place at the recording studios in Hamburg-Rothenburgsort.

 

Watch Doherty’s performance at the festival here – http://cloudshillgroup.com/intro2/