Label Spotlight #009 - Moulton music
For this week’s label spotlight, we focus in on Moulton Music, who have pushed out key releases from the likes of Mark Farina, Angelo Ferreri and The SyntheTigers. Based from San Francisco’s legendary Moulton Studios, Moulton Music is a community of producers and music-makers whose core members consist of Chris Lum and David Harness, Homero Espinosa, Allen Craig, DJ’s Sergio Fedasz and Ivan Ruiz and producer / marketing guru Anish Acharya. Over the years, the imprint has been responsible for a quality musical output, spanning soulful, deep and Jackin’ productions that reflect the old sensibilities of House as a genre, yet encourage and nourish a new era of producers and DJs. We had a chance to talk with the label’s head Homero Espinosa about the past, present, and future of the label.
Give us a little bit of background on you, the label, and your influences.
Moulton Music is named after Moulton Studios, the studio space where we used to work. It housed a who’s who of San Francisco dance music over the years – Om Records , Miguel Miggs and Salted, Honey Soundsystem, Dirtybird, and a bunch more. I had a label called Yerba Buena Discos and we combined forces with Harlum Musique, which was David Harness and Chris Lum. All together, we formed Moulton Music. Our influences are really all of San Francisco’s dance music history, from the drum circles and psychedelics of the sixties, to the underground disco of the 70’s, as well as all the different forms house music has gone through. We’ve all been DJing for many years, so we have a firm sense of both history and what’s new and upcoming.
What have been your favourite releases from the label over the years?
Chris Lum – Big Tool (DJ Spen’s Cave Man Jungle Boogie Mix) From our first ever release, it wasn’t a huge seller at the time, but has taken on a life of its own. It’s just such a party jam, we keep hearing people play it and it always rocks the club!
Daniel J & DJ Jaz feat. Dahrio Wonder – I Can’t Get Enough (Kooba’s Broken Down Dub) This stayed in Traxsource’s Lounge/Chill Out chart for months – gorgeous, proper broken beat soul. The vocals are like butter and King Kooba did them proper with a timeless remix.
Tell us a bit about what’s coming up for the label
Right now, we’re really excited about our next collaboration between Homero Espinosa and Mark Farina called “You Should Be Dancing”, out now. It’s got vocals from Seven Davis Jr and we’ve got all sorts of hot remixes from the likes of Luke Solomon, Till von Sein & Tigerskin, and Chris Stussy to name a few. We’ve also got a collaboration between Allen Craig and
Tobirus Mozelle that’s going to turn heads. Lots of great stuff in the pipeline.
What would you say has been your best moment so far working at the label / best project to work on to date?
Not everyone knows this is happening, but the most exciting thing has been watching David Harness’s album come together. He’s got just about every top house singer in the game on it. Once it hits, it’ll be the biggest thing we’ve ever put out. Hearing all the demos and previews has all of us going nuts with anticipation. It’s been years in the making and will definitely be a defining moment for Moulton Music.
If you could have signed any record in the world for the label, what would it have been and why?
We’ve actually been really lucky. Some of our favorite classics, we’ve been able to license and put out with new remixes. We just re-released The Teflon Dons with jazz legend Gregory Porter on vocals, and we did a re-release of Natural Rhythm’s Fundamental a couple years back as well.
What do you look for when signing a record for Moulton Music? Any tips for budding producers looking to get signed to the label?
We have a fairly wide open sound, not nearly as specific as many labels. We like good house music, from soulful to deep to Chicago to disco to whatever. That being said, we’re all experienced producers who have been making and spinning music for years, so we expect a level of polished professionalism – even raw, simpler tracks need to have all the details in place. And they have to be actually fun to dance to. Nothing boring! And it really helps if you’re a nice person to deal with. Once someone is in the Moulton family, you’re one of us! We have people like Phaze Dee and Nina Lares and Kinky Movement, who we deal with a lot. Not only are they talented, but they’re good people to work with. No one wants a business relationship with someone who is desperately thirsty or unpleasant.