Around the world in 80 labels: Futureboogie – Dave Harvey & Steve Nickolls

In terms of imprints the organisation is still in its infancy but the name is already rightly revered for its quality output. Having an expansive artist management side to the business also helps bolster this reputation, with names such as Ashley Beedle, Bonobo, and Crazy P on the bookings roster.

Over on the other side of the office bossmen Dave Harvey and Steve Nickolls have got a label up and running too, and so far releases from the likes of Julio Bashmore (with and without Javeon McCarthy), Behling and Simpson, and Waifs and Strays have all gone down a treat. From their Bristol base then the two gentlemen seem intent on achieving great things, as such we fired the questions over to see how they plan on making these happen.

Futureboogie – UK – Dave Harvey & Steve Nickolls

Describe your imprint’s output. 

It’s a mixture of stuff that we like, would buy, or play out. It makes us go oooo and ahhhh, and often twists melons. 

What would you say makes it different?  

The fact that we have bruised hands from debossing every single sleeve with our Futureboogie Recordings logo. Although yesterday I realised that you can use your feet on the debosser instead. Which actually doesn’t hurt at all.

What is it that makes you keep looking for new talent to expose? 

There’s nowt better than having a (bruised) hand in someone else’s enjoyment of something. It’s the same if you play a record that everyone dances to, put on a party that people remember for a very long time, or help a great artist get their music out to people that love it. It’s massively satisfying.

What’s the label’s pinnacle achievement so far? 

Crikey – we’ve only had six releases! So probably just getting to six releases.

If people were going to hear one release from your camp, what would you prefer it to be?

That would change all the time I reckon. At the minute I’d have to say the Behling and Simpson release – a full four tracker of variety and a genuinely different slant on house music that really claps I reckon – and with a cosmic wobbly ‘Boards of Canada on steroids’ type bizzle in ‘Yenisei’.

All being well, skip forward five years, where would you like things to be?

In a hot tub on a massive yacht, playing Scrabble for cash with Julio Bashmore


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