Why did you decide to start Evenings & Weekends?
CIARAN: Redahan had been sending me demos. He was really working hard on them, honing his sound.
The LM format really works for certain releases but we felt it was time to set up something new with the focus being on certain sounds and producers.
BLAKE: Yeah at this stage I think some people have certain expectations of Loud Mouth, so starting E&W gave us a chance to break free from that pigeonhole. We also wanted to focus on a certain sound so we thought best give it its own home.
What are you hoping to achieve out of it?
BLAKE: A new audience I suppose. LM has always been very eclectic. The genres vary and that’s what most people love about it but I think it can discourage other listeners.
CIARAN: Yeah LM is kind of organised chaos really. E&W is definitely going to be more focused on producers/artists who are exploring the downtempo side of electronic music.
The name is a reference to bedroom producers, are they the artists you will be looking to represent?
BLAKE: Not exclusively but I think it’s just the way the industry has gone, it’s a lot more low key now. Most of the producers I know operate a small amount of hardware from their bedroom. A separate studio is a luxury.
CIARAN: It’s more so a reference to the idea that if you’re making music in Ireland it’s unlikely to be your bread and butter. So you work a 9 to 5 and your free time is spent working on music.
The first release is set to be by Dublin’s Redahan, what are we to expect from this EP?
BLAKE: A lovely mix of ambient tunes with a gritty edge. It’s quite subtle, but with really nice use of warm synth sounds and a mild glitchy element. I think Redahan has really found his sound on this EP.
CIARAN: Yeah definitely, he’s been working on his sound for around two years now. He really delved into exploring his interests and interrupting them in his own way. I think he really succeeded at making something very unique. I really hope other people take notice, because he deserves all the praise he can get.
Who will be next to release on Evenings & Weekends?
BLAKE: Next up we have Sam Kay aka Intuitive Travels In Sound. He’s had several tracks on the LM compilations. Similar to Redahan he’s been working away and I think he’s really found his own sound too. It’s for most part a house vibe but the right side of downtempo to make really fit into the sound E&W wants to represent.
CIARAN: Yep. Again lots of lush synths, Sam has got a great ear. There are a few releases in the works for E&W. Some of the artists have already had stuff out on Loud Mouth, but there are a handful of new names too.
There are a lot of people making some really interesting music in Ireland and hopefully we can help get it out to a larger audience.
The Loud Mouth Compilation Volume 7 will be available for free download on the 9th of March.