Henry Green, the Bristolian musician and producer, has unveiled his own record label. Stepping behind the curtain from his more familiar place as an artist, Green has named the label New Fugue, and has also announced that the first release will be the new single of fellow Bristol-based artist Harvey Causon.
The single, titled ‘London Stock’, will be released on November 15th, following Causon’s three headline shows which take place at the end of this month.
We sat down with Henry to discuss his aspirations for the label, and why this was the right time to start New Fugue.
Q: What was the main motivation behind starting the label?
It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I feel like I’ve seen different sides of the music industry over the past few years, and have established the aspects that feel right to me, and others that have left me feeling uncomfortable. New Fugue is moulded by my experiences as an artist in this industry; pulling the positives together and hopefully creating a space in which artists can create freely, without any restrictions or negativity.
Q: As a musician and recording artist yourself, how does it feel to be changing lanes and exploring something that’s perhaps more business orientated within the realm of music?
It feels quite refreshing. I’ve got quite a few creative projects on at the moment that I’m really excited about, but I can’t enter that creative mindset all of the time. I don’t want to be forcing creativity, but I want to constantly be doing something positive and interesting. I’m excited about taking those sides of the industry, that are perhaps more business orientated, and exploring the possibilities of bringing them closer to the creative side. This whole industry is built around creation, so it feels right to be approaching it as an artist, and building a project that compliments the art, instead of damaging it.
Q: The first release on the label is from Harvey Causon, someone you have worked fruitfully with in the past, what is it about Harvey’s sound that excites you?
I remember the excitement of hearing Harvey’s track ‘Frisson’ for the first time. The track felt so unique; it moved in a different way to the music I was listening to at the time. I wanted to be a part of Harvey’s project, but not necessarily in a musical capacity. Feeling that about his music was the catalyst for this label; a realisation that I could contribute to someone else’s project in another way. Harvey’s a really genuine, inspiring person and his sound is so strong and original. I’m super excited to be collaborating with him.
Q: The state of the music industry, in particular it’s independent section, is ever-discussed. How does it feel to be starting a label at a time when passion and excitement about independents is thriving yet actual financial backing is few and far between?
It’s interesting. I, myself, am signed to a brilliant independent called Akira Records, run by Stevie McMinn. Stevie’s love for music comes across in every move the label makes, and his only intention is to develop and help the artists he loves. Seeing his label grow on that simple love for music, has certainly inspired me to set up this label, and has also really helped me as an artist. In my opinion, that’s why independents are thriving. It’s that close contact, that collaboration, and that feeling that you’re part of something that a tight knit group of people really care about.
Q: What would you like to achieve with New Fugue?
It’s a little bit of a cliche, but I really do want to make New Fugue a family. This industry often feels like quite a difficult, lonely place and supporting fellow artists, both on a creative level and a personal level, is the focus of this new project. I want to create a unique space, centred around the artists and their work. I’d love to one day create a physical space, an open studio, for creation and collaboration. But for the time being, I’m just focusing on working closely with my artists and helping with their projects in any way that they wish me to.