With just over than a month gone by of 2017 we thought what would be better than a MEOKO exclusive. Music made from the heart, and not an ego in sight. We present to you, In Therapy Records.
An innovative and forward thinking record label situated in Barcelona. At the heart of it all is Rainer, after several years of holding a Half Baked residency and a string of releases on Serialism Records, Desolat and most recently on the Half Baked label, the time has come for him to delve deeper and launch an imprint of his own. It feels like something from the future, with each low profile artist allowing us access to their mind via the art of sound, and not the image they portray of themselves.
Last year the label was born as a huge release from timeless producer Hi-Ryze dropped, which was also the first full length Hi-Ryze recording since 1999. An achievement in itself. The four tracker Ep is crafted for the dancefloor, with the A side providing the after party treats, whilst the B side takes care of the peak time drivers. A win, win.
Italian artist Flavio Folco will be providing release number two, ‘The Heroic Enthusiasts EP‘ will see the 909 lovers tracks remixed by Metroplex man Plural. Keeping you in your toes will be two more releases before the summer arrives. The boss man himself, Rainer, is taking care of business with the third release. His debut release on his own imprint will be nothing but special, knowing full well he will bring all his cards to the table. Hi-Ryze also involved with this one with his own interpretation. Maintaining the professional outlook of super quality artists without an ego, the humble Manuk has arranged the fourth release. Ballet Mechanique stepping up for remix duty.
We are ecstatic to witness just the beginning of their journey. In todays highly saturated market it is refreshing to see such a focused and commited group of individuals keeping the quality of the music at the heart of everything they do, continuing to experiment and push their sound beyond any boundaries. What do you get when you create a close knit family of friends and artists, that are dedicated to providing a platform for solid, high quality productions.
After working closely with many great labels, It must be a great feeling creating your own imprint. Was there anything in particular that triggered off the start of In Therapy?
It’s been on my mind for a while. A lot of time for contemplation and reflection got me to the point where I decided to start something on my own.
When you decided to launch In Therapy was there a group of artists you had in mind to be involved or did this happen naturally over time?
The tracks really came in naturally through friends but I’ve always had a vision of the music and the kind of artists that I wanted on the label.
Having Hi-Ryze on board for the first release, joined by superb artists on future releases. How does it feel working closely with, and surrounded by such talented artists? and also releasing your own records along side them?
For me it’s an honour that such an influential artist from the 90s is still active, supports our scene and works very naturally from his heart. I chose Hi Ryze as the debut EP for In Therapy because his music really reflects the kind of sound that I want to define the label. The same goes for FlavioFolco, Plural and Manuk, when I listen to their jams that’s what I feel In Therapy is about – music with an edge and a lot of personality.
You have created a label and culture without an ego insight, why is this so important to you?
There’s too much egotistic bullshit going on at the moment. What really works is the more humble you are, the more you respect things and the better it goes. That’s why I’m talking about less egotistic attitude, it’s a more personal approach to music. It’s therapeutic.
We feel as if this definitely reflects in the music you guys are representing.
Is there any advice you would give someone with as much passion and drive as yourself, before starting their own label?
Hard work. Not recommended.
It is clear you have a great outlook and plan regarding releases etc. Is there any behind the scenes info you would like to share with us?
Look out for Hi Ryze who’ll be returning to In Therapy to rework one of my tracks into an 11 minute journey and before Sonar a release from the underdog Manuk, a humble artist from Argentina who’s going to step it up for one of his first releases.
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