Presentations Vol.7: Overcooked Records [+ exclusive Ackeejuice Rockers Bootleg DL]
We had a pleasure to showcase in this series few of the biggest names in the global bass circles like Man Recordings, Akwaaba, Generation Bass and so on. Today – we want to introduce you to one of the new kids on the block. Paris based Overcooked Records in it fairly short existence already managed to cause some serious stir, not only in global bass, but in a wide viriety of music genres. As KMAG puts it: ”Overcooked Records is poised to bring the electronic scene a truly eclectic range of sounds. »
So, no need to beat around the bush no further. Here we go, with Niko Baritone representing for Overcooked Records!
IG: Half a year and How and when has it all started?
Well, the idea for the label came as a whim. A few of us were listening to music one day, nonsense jabber as usual, and a sudden joke of starting a label actually became an impulsive idea.
Several weeks later, we found ourselves really hooked on this notion and with no more contemplation we gathered our thoughts, analyzed our potential, and we were ready for a leap. Since several of us had musical backgrounds and the other part of the team came from a business world, it actually all fit into place. Our brainstorming was focused on the concept of creating something unique and eminent.
When it finally came down to launching the label, we spent most of our summer scouting and building up a roster of relatively unknown producers. Our objective was for Overcooked Records to concoct its own recipe for great music with mixture of producers who deserve the chance to showcase their talent.
Where do you operate from?
We have 2 teams. Our main team is situated in Paris, France and the second part of our team is a bit scattered over the United States, Orlando & Chicago mostly.
Describe your sound. What genre is it? What’s unique about it? Where do you source the inspiration from?
Music That Bites ! ☺
I cannot actually give you just one genre as our goal here at Overcooked is not to focus only on 1 style. We cover several genres from the likes of Bass to Moombahton, Electro, Disco, Breaks, Techno, Garage, and more.
What’s unique about us? Our whole team is drop dead gorgeous … ha just kidding :P.
The thing is many labels were established by producers to sell their own work, the rest of their musicians are secondary most of the time. Many labels concentrate on volume, pouring out tons of mediocre releases. We choose quality over quantity. In our label, there are no priorities based on ownership, we dedicate equal attention to each artist, and we concentrate on everyone’s success. Our label works for the artists, they do not work for the label, their recognition will be our payback in the future.
Now what I would say is different about Overcooked is that we have created a versatile, keen edged team that is diverse and very international with individuals all the way from UK to Columbia, Finland, Germany, the States, and more. We are fostering small global family, in which we encourage all artists to familiarize themself with the music we release, and to provide input and support to each other.
Overall nowadays, the music industry is very competitive. Everyone wants to dj, everyone wants to produce, so from our school of thought, it made much more sense to focus on quality dance music but covering the full spectrum. This way we will be able to touch many different listeners and have a wide audience range. I mean at the end of the day, it’s not about the genre really, it’s about what makes you dance, move, and just what gets you inspired.
What is global bass for you?
Global Bass is just one genre out of many, and is many times associated with Nu Cumbia, Kuduro, Moombahton and such.
I call it “crossbreed of tunes” or global sound with local dialect. You can hear many influences when listening to Global Bass since everyone is finding inspiration or sources from their countries’ folk tracks, western music, etc. With global bass you can export ingredients from different styles and create the perfect combo.
Tell us a bit more about the artists signed up to your label?
We have a big exclusive roster on the label. A few of these include winners for previous remix competitions such as Sony, Trouble & Bass, Bombeatz, Onion Records, and more. Also as we are fairly new and have only had 6 releases out now,
I can tell you you that out of the 6 releases, 4 Releases have been Featured on Trackitdown and 2 have appeared in the Beatport Top 100 Electro Houses Releases, peaking at around #30.
If you want the full roster though you can just head to our website and check it out – Overcookedrecords
Trackitdown had also gave you guys a “HOT NEW LABEL ALERT” how did you feel about that?
That happened on our second release by Jack The Hustler which was pretty amazing. Obviously it feels good to get recongizition for the music we are putting out but our team is a motivated bunch and won’t just stop with a hot new label alert.
IG: We noticed that a few of your exclusive artists are getting outside recogniztion as well, Buraka Som Sistema tweeted about Ackeejuice Rockers that they are making some of the best mixes around, Jack The Hustler is getting some attention from Ninja Tune and more. Do you help push the artists outside of Overcooked?
Even though the artists are exclusive with us, our team tries to push our artists in every direction to boost their career and portfolio. We actually had approached Enchufada directly concerning Ackeejuice Rockers and the guest mix, and the same goes for Jack The Hustler on Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel Radio Show. This also applies to any other artist and coverage. As I mentioned before, it’s our goal to propel all of our artists and help them be recognized.
Recent example – J-Wow from Buraka has opened his set on Diplo & Friends on BBC 1Xtra with Ackeejuice Rockers – Freeze (Boyfriend remix).
IG: What’s next for you??
We have some new killer material set for release with some big name remixers attached so be on the look out.
Besides that we are organizing our label launch party and our own event night entitled, “Whats On The Menu Tonight” which is taken from our podcast series. Overall, we are organizing these events worldwide – Paris, London, Seville, Miami, and more, so make sure to come check us out when near you! Neki Stanac Overcooked Podcast
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