Numbers on the Fabric Blog

Numbers on the Fabric Blog
The Stuff Records, Wireblock and Dress 2 Sweat imprints all impacted on us in their own way over the course of the last couple of years; with each of them carving their own unique niche within our collective record collections and the electronic music scene in general. Stuff bore the likes of Rustie (helming his breakthrough ‘Jagz The Smack’ EP), TVO, Offshore and Slugabed. Wireblock gave voice to Lory D, Ghosts on Tape and Emvee, alongside releases from Rustie and Hudson Mohawke’s classic ‘Oops EP’ whilst Dress 2 Sweat helmed projects from Starkey as Moves!!!, Piddy Pi, Rod Lee, Kazey & Bulldog as well as 12”s from Dj Deeon and L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok.

With each label’s own distinct flavor and their close geographical proximity – all 3 labels are run by friends out of Glasgow, Scotland – 2010 will see the trio unite under the singular label banner of Numbers – the name of the Glasgow based club night all parties help run. Stepping out of their comfort zone, the crew have recently begun holding bashes elsewhere, most memorably in Barcelona this summer just past at this year’s Off Sonar and in London at Plastic People for Hudson Mohawke’s ‘Polyfolk Dance’ EP launch and for their new roster showcase last month.

On January 8th the Numbers family take over Room One with live performances from their label staples Hud Mo and Rustie, DJ support from Deadboy, Jackmaster and the Numbers DJs alongside the headliner to end all headliners, Todd ‘The God’ Edwards. Ahead of the event we caught up with three of the parties responsible for the Numbers arc, Richard Chater (formerly Stuff), Calum Morton (formerly Wireblock) and Jackmaster (formerly Dress 2 Sweat) to get the scoop on the need for a change and their plans for the label.

So… what made you guys want to start a record label in the first place?
Jackmaster: It’s always been a dream for all of us I think, starting a label. I’ve always naturally wanted to be as close to the source and involved as possible, and the obvious way to make that happen was to start our own label. Nothing else really interested me when I was younger except for music and the only guy who was really on the same page as me on this was Calum. We used to talk about taking that step when we were like 14 or 15, and at somepoint Neil got involved (probably once he realised calum and I had grown out of dodgy Subliminal records) and that was Wireblock. Calum was always moaning that having 3 labels in one group of pals was stupid and we should focus our energy more. The result was Numbers.

Richard Chater: Liking music too much and being surrounded by people making amazing tracks…

And in turn what made you guys want to bring all the labels in house? Was it a case of too much competition on your own doorstep…
Calum Morton: I guess part of it was that – we all like a lot of the same music so it was becoming a bit tricky at times. The main angle of it – which was more important – was that I think we eventually started seeing the light of how much more we can do if we club together and run in the same direction.

It’s also much simpler for people to grasp what we’re about, and in time we can get more out of using our club experience over the last 7+ years to tie into the label.

We’ve had quite a long history of doing stuff under different names, but I think we all got a bit fed up with explaining to people what was going on and we realised that people don’t care about who runs what – we’re better all wearing the same colour.

Do you think there is something intrinsically Scottish about your operation? Do you think you guys a closer knit because of the closeness of your contemporaries?
RC: I’d say we’re more intrinsically Glasgow than Scottish. We’ve got a certain a sense of humour and a way of looking at things that is probably a result of having grown up or lived in Glasgow. It’s a smaller city and club’s finish at 2 or 3am so that means there is a lot of hanging out at flat parties and that’s where you begin to properly meet, have a laugh and bond with people.

It’s also down to friendships, we’re close knit because we’re mates who enjoy working with each other and share the same goals and ideas about music.

What’s forthcoming, music wise?
RC: First off we’re going to release Deadboy’s ‘If U Want Me’ as a limited one sided twelve with a laser etching on the b-side. Then it’s the Lazer Sword EP featuring a side each by Lando Kal and Low Limit and swiftly after that it’s the debut EP from Redinho.

J: A little bit further off is the debut by Joy Orbison’s mate Kavsrave, a double EP by Taz Buckfaster, some funky stylings by Mr Majika and a DJ Pierre re-release with a remix from Seiji.

And the parties…what’s next?
J: We’ve got some amazing line ups in the works for 2010 and hopefully some more collabo’s with fabric but for now we need to be tight lipped!

Words: Smash Gordon

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Spencer Mix Recorded Live At Nitsa

Spencer Guest Mix on BBC Radio 1

Deadboy — Halloween MMXII Mix

FACT mix 332: Randomer

Rustie BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

Sibian & Faun Mix (Pigeon 001)

Jackmaster set from Numbers London Warehouse 2011 (download MP3)

Numbers x Boiler Room: Deadboy & Mosca b2b

GoldFFinch – XFM Guest Mix for Mary Anne Hobbs

Jamie xx – FACT mix 282 (Far Nearer out now on Numbers)

DJ Pierre: FACT mix 272 – Mystery Girl out now

Exclusive Ill Blu Guest Mix for BBC Radio 1Xtra

Deadboy Interview for i-D Magazine & Exclusive Mix

FACT mix 215: Slackk

#38 SLACKK Mixx (‘Theme from Slackk’ EP Out Now)

Numbers x Boiler Room: Featuring Mixes by Jamie xx, Deadboy, Mosca, Goodhand & Nelson

#037 – A mix by Girl Unit

#035 – Rustie @ Numbers Barcelona. Sunday 20th June 2010

#034 – Deadboy @ Numbers Barcelona. Sunday 20th June 2010

HCR 039 w/ Goodhand – Wednesday 22nd September, Live on Ustream 9-10PM

P.O.L. Style mix for Mad Decent

#028 – Jackmaster – Tweak-A-Holic Mix #1 & Off-Sonar Party @ Razzmatazz

XLR8R magazine stream Jackmaster’s set from Sónar Dome

Keep Watch Vol. XVIII: DJ P.O.L. Style

SRC ‘Gold Coinz’ EP out now + Grime classics mix for URB magazine

Kavsrave ‘Quotes’ EP out now + exclusive ‘Quotes’ Podcast

Deadboy podcast for XLR8R

Spencer Mix for FACT Magazine

Jackmaster on BBC Radio 1

#025 – Floating Points @ Numbers. Friday 5th March 2010

Numbers x Mad Decent Mix by Jackmaster

Lazer Sword Fact Mix 133

Deadboy – Tearjerkin’ R&B Mix for Bruk Magazine

#023 – Untold @ Numbers. Friday 4th September 2009

Jackmaster x Fabric x Dazed

Fact Mix 112 – Deadboy

#021 – Dress 2 Sweat / 2007 – 2009 (Mixed by Jackmaster)

XLR8R: Labels We Love Feature and Podcast Mix (Wireblock)

#020 – Hudson Mohawke / Numbers + LuckyMe NYE Skiffle Mix 2008

#019 – 29 Minutes of Guido

#017 – Martyn / Numbers @ BLOC Festival 2009

#016 – 60 Minutes of Numbers Episode #09 / Down the rave in Oh Nine! (Mixed by DJ P.O.L Style)

Lazer Sword XLR8R Podcast – Future Blappin’

#015 / 40 Minutes of Funkyish (Mixed by Jackmaster)

#014 / Joker + Dexplicit sampler (Mixed by Jackmaster)

#013 – 60 Minutes of Numbers Episode #07 / My teeth are falling out and I can’t get up (Mixed by Nelson)

#012 – 60 Minutes of Numbers Episode #08 / Back of the couch (Mixed by Production Unit)

#011 – Wee Numbers sampler / Beats by Darell

#010 – 60 Minutes of Numbers Episode #06 / Bukkake Bass Bangers / ぶっかけ・ベース・バーンガーズ (Mixed by P.O.L Style)

#009 – 60 Minutes of Numbers Episode #04 / 70 Minutes of Numbers (Mixed by Production Unit)

#007 – 60 Minutes of Numbers Episode #03 / Get off the pipe, get on the floor (Mixed by The Village Orchestra)