Label Spotlight #021 - Beardman
This week’s label spotlight focusses on Mark Broom’s Beard Man. English Techno / Electronica don Mark Broom is a legend in his own right, sitting on almost 3 decades of experience in the music industry, with a career that spans back to the early 90s. His productions have regularly landed him spots releasing for Techno’s finest, including Blueprint, Ostgut, Warp, Soma and M-Plant and he’s remained a pillar for the Techno community to this day, especially in the UK.
Broom set up Beard Man in 2009 to release his own productions and as an outlet for exciting new Techno talent, including the likes of NoizyKnobs and Patrik Carrera.
Could you please give us a little bit of background on you and the label and what your influences were and still are?
I’ve been involved in music for over 20 years & have had releases on a number of labels including Blueprint/Ostgut/Warp/M-Plant. I started Beard Man in 2009 with the idea of just releasing my productions but this soon changed & in the last 2/3 years I’ve started to put out other artists productions ranging from Patrik Carrera/Discrete Circuit/Space DJZ & collaborations from myself & James Ruskin. My influences range from grimy Hip Hop thru to Dub Reggae all the way to underground dance with artist like Wu Tang/Westside Gunn & Conway/Strange U/ King Tubby/Autechre/Robert Hood
Tell us a bit about what’s coming up for the label?
This years release schedule is looking healthy with Follow up EP’s from Carrera (out now), Discrete Circuit & two EP’s from myself with including a great Head Front Panel remix.
Your best moment (so far) working at the label / best project to work on to date
My highlight from the label was definitely having Robert Hood remix my Frontline track, I’ve been a massive fan since he started so was chuffed to have him onboard. Also the Makaton Remix from Patrik Carrera was a highlight. Makaton is another favourite of mine so getting him involved was a pleasure & he delivered a massive club banger!