Hypercolour's Ste Roberts talk to Different Language
Head of Hypercolour's A&R Ste Roberts, chatted to Different Language ahead of the Hypercolour showcase at the Fruit warehouse this upcoming December 26th.
Different Language: Hi Ste, what have you been up to recently?
Ste Roberts: If we were to look at the last week alone... far too much booze! All has been worth it though! Last Saturday we had a big old Hypercolour Christmas party in London, packed out a London warehouse with Maya Jane Coles, Dense & Pika & Bareskin, safe to say the party was a huge success. Just getting over that, and we had a mid week smasher at the DJ mag awards where Hypercolour was crowned Label of the year!.
DL: With many independents struggling with just the one label how do you find the time to run 7 labels?
SR: I'm not quite sure how we do, to be honest with you. I suppose the artists just keep firing over grade A music, we delegate the label and run with it. We are already set up until summer 2013 with more than enough music... So I suppose we'll just have to get more labels on the go to maintain the Hype.
"We are already set up until summer 2013 with more than enough music..."
DL: Are you both full time with Hypercolour now or do you still have day jobs?
SR: I have a full time job as well as all the Hypercolour set up, producing, and DJing... Safe to say I struggle to find the time to do certain things! Eastenders still gets a viewing though so no complaints from me.
DL: Miami, Fabric, Croatia, Warehouse Project, Boiler Room sessions or some of your smaller label shindigs... what has been your highlight of 2012?
SR: Dimensions festival in Croatia was my personal highlight! The Hypercolour boat party was just sick! Have to mention the basing house parties we do bi monthly are always a highlight, they normally consist of a 4 hour back to back closing set from Me and Alex (Jones) where we have the freedom to take things where we like.
DL: How did it feel to host your first Hypercolour Boiler Room session?
SR: I was watching it via the net, and just really proud of the lads! I had not seen boiler room boot off half as much it did for a very long time.
DL: Away from Hypercolour HQ, who is floating your boat musically?
SR: I'd love to tell you, but the chances are whoever aint associated with Hypercolour at this minute in time, we're hunting them down :)
"Keep your eyes pealed in 2013 for a spanking new 'Initials Red' this is a platform for us to just unleash a load of top notch techno from artists who we will be keeping anonymous..."
DL: Ste, tell us a little bit about your 'Initals' project with Alex?
SR: Initials was just another arm to our block of labels, but with me and Alex having an almost identical taste in music, where sometimes its just didn't work with Hypercolour so it made perfect sense to have an output where we can just do what we want. Keep your eyes pealed in 2013 for a spanking new 'Initials Red' this is a platform for us to just unleash a load of top notch techno from artists who we will be keeping anonymous.
DL: Is it true that you're back on to playing on vinyl only?
SR: To be honest I have never stopped playing vinyl! I did dabble with tracktor for a year or so, but was still taking a full bag of wax with me, so just figured id just leave the laptop at home and burn the odd CD. So please make sure you have working decks and top end needles for boxing day ;-)
We look forward to seeing you on the 26th December!
See you then!