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Industry Gurus LABEL WORX

This issue, our industry spotlight shines on Label Worx – the UK company which has become the go-to provider of business, IT, promo, management and mixing services to dance-music producers and labels. We talk to co-founder Matt Abbott about the rise of the company…

MT Industry Gurus Label Worx

7,000 labels? Well get a move on then…

Nearly a decade ago, DJs Chris Chambers and Matt Abbott met in a nightclub and struck up a friendship which led to them forming a label, Alter Ego Records, in 2005. They were both working in IT at the time, and because they needed an efficient way of managing the record company’s data, they developed an online system (the Label Management System), which Label Worx customers still use today. From these beginnings, Label Worx launched as a distribution and promo company, in 2007: today, it’s a major player when it comes to distribution, promo, royalties, mixing and mastering, demos and web services for independent record labels of all stripes – freeing up their clients to focus on the fun part of actually making music.

MusicTech: Give us a brief history of Label Worx and what you do within the company…

Label Worx: We started Label Worx back in 2007, when myself and Chris Chambers were producing trance and running our label, Alter Ego records. We designed a promo system for sending out MP3 promos, and a system that allowed us to deliver music to stores for distribution; soon, we had friends in the industry wanting us to do the same for their labels and also polish and master their tracks. From here, everything grew and became Label Worx. Now, we are working with a huge number of dance-music record labels, including Dirty bird, Tool room, Enhanced Music, Stealth, Size Records, Yoshitoshi, and a whole lot more. We’ve mastered over 12,000 dance-music tracks to date and more recently, we started mixing and mastering for Judge Jules and his new Judgement Recordings imprint and Amine Edge & DANCE for their CUFF brand. Projects we’ve completed have seen release on Universal, Spinnin’ Records, Ministry Of Sound, A State Of Trance, Warner, Sony… Other than being the Head Mastering Engineer, I’m also one of the Directors, along with Chris Chambers. Myself and Mix Engineer Alex Powell work together on all of the Mix & Master projects. After all, two pairs of ears are better than one!

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The idea of this month’s MusicTech is to give you a flavour of what it’s like to record a band, with all the technical know-how that goes with it. We asked MT expert Mike Hillier to imagine you are sitting watching him prepare the studio and mic the band up and in doing so, Mike offers a hell of a lot of advice. Like I say, it’s like you’re with him... At the other end of the scale we have the new Pioneer Toraiz, a unit that, on the face of it, is packed with DJ appeal. Yet dig beneath the surface and you’ll find an incredibly powerful piece of hardware for the music producer. Talking of scales, we go from dance music remixing and production with Mason (p34) to mastering it with Label Worx. So we cover the complete process of recording to release which, quite handily, brings us right back to our cover feature! The November issue of MusicTech is out now!