miércoles, 21 de enero de 2009

El adiós de Clone


Clone, empezó siendo un pequeño sello holandés que giraba alrededor de Bunker, Interference y otros sellos por el estilo. Nacido a través de su pequeña tienda en Rotterdam a principios de los 90, sus preferencias musicales siempre han sido basadas en el electro , el italo, el techno detroit, el acid, la electrónica y todo lo relacionado con el vinilo y el olor old school y retro, siendo una pieza clave en el puzzle para entender muchos resurgimientos 80eros a lo largo de estos años. Como sello Clone tiene entre sus artistas gente como I-F, Legowelt, Passarani, Alden Tyrell, Adult, Drexciya, Putsch '79,Der Zylkus, Fred Ventura y un largo etcétera de fans incondicionales, admiradores y compradores. Ahora que hace ya unos años se han establecido como distribuidora (con bastante éxito) y se han dado cuenta de cómo responde el mercado ante la música, han decidido, después de 17 años, echar el cierre al sello (no a la distribución). A continuación os copio el mail que han mandado a todos los suscritos a sus novedades semanales. Es una mezcla entre sabias y tristes palabras.

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hello all....

first mail out of 2009!
A new year, a new round with new chances. And a good moment for some fresh ideas and make some changes...

* Closure of the Clone record label*
After running the label since 1993/ 94 we recently noticed that we were going to repeat ourselves. We started as a label influenced by the first wave of techno and house labels who were just releasing music for the sake of good and personal music (we cloned what they did... by just having fun and release music which we enjoyed ourselves).
We have started very immature and without having an idea in mind that we we're going to make this a business...

At that moment we were exploring the field of minimalish techno and acid. Then our attention slowly moved to electro, post Detroit techno and the new sonic territories with modern electronica. We've had the return of disco in the late 90's and the nu-disco thing and a fusi on of styles in the early '00. Simultaneously we've released dark electro techno, campy nu-disco ,advanced modern electronica and personal favorites in the rebound.

Artists developed into different directions and there is not much we haven't touched in our field... from very 'obscure' records to 'underground' dance floor hits that got big festival crowds and balearic holiday ravers moving.
So what is there left to do? Basically there is no challenge at this moment... we can continue releasing everything we like (from people we like) without a marketing strategy and without a potential buyers in mind as we used to do... but we already did so for many years.

At this moment we don't understand the popularity of many artists and releases....or... actually we do!. We do, to a certain level, because we've tried many things when we just started our journey into music when we were teenagers and when we started the label +/- 15 years ago! By now we do understan d the tricks and formulas of dance music and the different users. However using these tricks and formulas just to ensure maximum effect would be betrayal to our own musical ethics because our goal with Clone records is to entertain ourself with the music we release (and to be clear... with the music...and not the side effects). Somehow we feel we've had an almost complete life cycle of personal evolution in dance music and thats also how we developed the label into a versatile label which is releasing different styles of dance music for different purposes. Its a difficult decision because the label is doing very well and we get warm reactions from the strangest places in this world and we could do this for another 10 years!
But in order to remain passioned about what we do, we feel we should not continue the label as it is.. so we won't.

but no worries.. there will be new things coming, but its just not exactly clear what, how (and when). More news on th at in a few weeks time!

There will be to two remaining releases (scheduled for Februari.)
C#55 - I-f ft Fred Ventura/ Ajello - I cut my heart out (Craig Richards edit)/ I'm ready
C#56 - Marco Bernardi - Mystery Of Nazerus (plus a limited Marcus Bernardi rmx 12")
then it will be quiet on the label...

oh.. and Clone Clasic Cuts still has some releases lined up (incl a Unit Moebius CD release), so for now we don't know what will happen with that.. but most likely we will continue with the Classic Cuts Series.

anyway.....back to business as usual... :-)
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No nos gusta que estas cosas pasen porque solo agravan esa sensación de crisis total en la música de baile, y la falta de ideas nuevas, que tienes cada dia cuando miras los discos nuevos que han salido.


Gracias
HIVERN

5 comentarios:

HO$OI dijo...

"At this moment we don't understand the popularity of many artists and releases"

sincera forma de decir la cantidad de basura que se esta publicando hoy en dia en la musica de baile.

D.a.r.y.l. dijo...

Totalmente de acuerdo.

Una pena

Anónimo dijo...

sniff...

Anónimo dijo...

es una lastima...

almenos asi se revalorarizan sus vinilos

ruben dijo...

solo hay k ver la cantidad de mierda en los top downloads del beatport.......normal que todo vaya en decadencia, se ve cada cosa.....entre todo eso y la moda del minimal de feria, y el electrohouse tipico flaix fm.......mal vamos