Every week, Bethan Elfyn chats to an inspiring indie label about their artists, their motivation and the music they love. This week: Red Deer Club. Tune into Bethan’s show tonight from 7pm to hear the full interview.
Manchester is notoriously blessed with new music, and right at the heart of that is Red Deer Club. Bethan caught up with founder, Duncan Sime. The prolific label has brought us the likes of Stealing Sheep, Jonnie Common and Young British Artists.
Beginning life as a monthly live music night, Red Deer Club has evolved into a fully fledged record label. Duncan would record the live sets but slowly made the transition to putting the records out himself. Five years and 30 releases later, Red Deer Club is turning our quality albums as fast as ever and Duncan still can’t resist putting on the odd live show every now and then.
When asked about his influences for setting up the label, Duncan cites Mr Scruff as inspiration, particularly admiring the simplicity of his branding. In terms of labels, Duncan points to the likes of Faith & Hope and Heavenly. Despite the heavy dance influences and being a DJ himself, this is not necessarily reflective of the label which covers the gorgeous lo-fi folk of Stealing Sheep, the theatrical pop of Sophie’s Pigeons right through to the fuzzy indie of Young British Artists.
For Duncan, it is a real labour of love,
“I know it sounds cheesy but every day is a proud moment; the fact that we’re still going. Five years for us is only the start.”
In terms of what’s on the horizon, Red Deer Club have got an Awesome Wells remix album on the way as well as a new Young British Artists 7″ that Duncan will be helping out on. Keep your eyes out for a couple of new signings and a compilation album in time for Christmas as well! Busy times.