.....For those that follow and support the blog will know we love local tallent and this guy has it by the truck load. Stu Bentley the head man from Rogue Beatz has agreed to to give us an insight into how he set up his D&B label.
F1. Dj name?
RB. TRU TEMPA
F1. Preferred style of music to play out?
RB. DEEP ROLLING JUNGLE DRUM & BASS
F1. Rogue Beatz the label, when did you have the idea?
RB. THE IDEA WAS ALWAYS AT THE BACK OF MY MIND , BUT IT REALLY CAME TO FOREFRONT AFTER HELPING AND BEING PART OF THE ANOTHER IMPRINT WHICH DIDNT REALLY REFLECT MY IDEA OR ETHOS OF A LABEL .. SO I DECIDED TO START MY OWN FROM SCRATCH
F1. How long did it take you to get from the idea and get Artists involved in the label?
RB. I SPENT ALMOST A YEAR IN PLANNING AND BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS FROM THE LEGAL SIDE TO THE PR & SEARCHING FOR MANY MONTHS ON FINDING SUITABLE SIGNINGS TO BUILD THE BOOKS UP !
F1. What was the first record signed to your label?
RB. WE SIGNED A JUNGLE ARTIST FROM LIVERPOOL , DJ FRISK - WE APPROACHED HIM , SPOKE ABOUT HOW WE INTENDED TO MOVE FORWARD AS A LABEL AND HE WAS INTO WHAT WE ARE DOING AND GLADLY SIGNED ON THE DOTTED LINE ! FRISKS DEBUT RELEASE IS TITLED SPACE RAIDERS EP
F1. How many Artists do you have on the label now and where in the world are the from?
RB. WE HAVE AROUND 20 ARTIST TRACKS SIGNED NON EXCLUSIVE , MEANING WE ONLY SIGN TRACKS AS TO SIGN A ARTIST EXCLUSIVE , WE BELEIVE THIS RESTRICTS THE ARTIST AND HIS/HER PRODUCTIONS .. WE HAVE GUYS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE FROM AUSTRALIA TO ... AUSTRALIA haha ! WE HAVE SEVERAL GUYS FROM UK,ALL PARTS OF EUROPE,SOUTH AFRICA,AUSTRALIA,USA,BRAZIL .. ALMOST EVERY CORNER
F1. Whats next for Rogue Beatz?
RB. WELL , WE HAVE OUR LABEL NIGHT LAUNCH IN JULY (27th, DARMONS BAR SLEAFORD) ALSO WE ARE FINALISING VINYL & SOME HUGE REMIXES FROM ESTABLISHED GUYS ON RAM,GRID,DREAD,SHOGUN & METALHEDZ .. SO THINGS ARE PRETTY HECTIC , BUT REALLY EXCITING !
F1. I know you have been Djing for a good few years now, what was the first record you ever remember buying?
RB. JHEEZ lol , PROBABLY BE .. B-JAM-GUNSHOT ME HEAD by SMOKEY JOE & TOBI from 1995 i THINK , OLD JUNGLE BIZNESS !
F1. Who is your favorite Dj/producer at the moment?
RB. CURRENTLY , EVERYTHING THAT RV,WICKAMAN & J-MAJIK ARE DOING IS NEXT LEVEL ALONGSIDE SILENT CODE,SERUM & CALYX & TEEBEE
F1. What music is your guilty pleasure?
RB. I CANT GO A DAY WITHOUT LISTENING TO NIRVANA, MUDHONEY, DINOSAUR JNR OR SONIC YOUTH
F1. Thanks Stu for your answers, good luck with the label.
RB. THANKS ALOT M8 , SOME REALLY GOOD TESTING QUESTIONS ;-)
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