Label Spotlight #011 - Midnight Riot
Midnight Riot have built up a cult following over the years, with their ever-popular discography consisting of themed compilations, Disco edits and originals. The likes of Late Nite Tuff Guy, Ron Basejam, Kiko Navarro, Seamus Haji, Yam Who?, Joutro Mundo and more feature heavily in the Funky, Balearic, Disco goodness and we’re happy to hand them a Label Spotlight this week.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, could you give us a little bit of background on you, the label, and what your influences are and were?
Midnight Riot was launched on March of 2012 as a compilation via our sister label Ism Records. It had a strong identity & style so we instantly knew it could become something much bigger. The name itself came from the 2011 London Riots which had a direct effect, mainly as we were trying to get home around midnight as there was total chaos & mayhem on the streets.
Influence wise mainly, disco, house, electronic, hip hop, Balearic & a real punk attitude. A mixture of the past, present & future. So if it feels good – it’s working.
What have been your favourite releases from the label over the years?
That’s a tough one, obviously the genre defying compilations that have inspired all the like minded other labels plus working with the Hot Mix 5 (legendary Chicago radio show & record label) plus my main man Amp Fiddler who I’ve waited patiently to bring on board for nearly a decade.
What do you look for when signing a record for Midnight Riot? Any tips for budding producers looking to get signed to the label?
Originality plus musical & technology expertise always helps. Don’t copy whats around you, be inspired but put your own unique spin on what you do.