Label Spotlight #030 - Layer 909
Label Layer 909 run by one of the UK’s biggest and fastest rising Techno artists, Phutek, has started to catch the attention of artists like Carl Cox, and Adam Beyer among others. This is attributed to the label’s “No nonsense driving Techno” motto, strong grooves, melodic vibes, and peak time energy. Check out this up-and-coming label’s latest project from Steel Grooves titled “Legion” out now EXCLUSIVELY on Traxsource. We sat down with Phutek to chat about the label, favorite tracks, and more in this edition of our Label Spotlight series.
Give us a little bit of background on you and the label and what your influences were & still are.
Layer 909 was set up as a base camp to showcase an individual driving Techno sound that (myself) Phutek had been producing that had started to catch the attention and support of the likes of Carl Cox and Adam Beyer. Techno laced with strong grooves, melodic vibes and peak time energy. Over the first couple of years the label has been running we have invited other well-known producers/friends that were turning out similar Techno Vibes. This helped us generate the Techno and musical message we wanted to represent. Fantastic artists like Alen Milivojevic & Spartaque helped us do that in the very early days. We also said from the very start that it was important to try and unearth and discover new talents and give them a platform to go to the next stage. And we certainly have found a couple of fresh gems for sure so far.
We are not trend followers at Layer 909, we just have strong intent to showcase Techno tracks that make people dance and hopefully never forget.
What have been your favourite releases from the label over the years?
I am very excited right now about our latest release. The monster 3 track LIQUID EP by New York’s Techno star Ace Alvarez. Especially the Checkmate track. I have been hammering this track for a while now, and it just oozes from the dance floor when dropped on a big system. I would also have to pick tracks from 2 artists that I actually discovered, Silhouett3 and Halvy. Both have very big futures, and are up and coming producers that I tip, as one to watch. Both Halvys , Skream and Fentanyl were massive releases that got full support from a lot of big names, especially Carl Cox, who played both tracks for the best part of a year in his playlists. And Silhouett3 – Fallout, which is probably the best Track IMO I have signed since Layer 909 started.
Tell us a bit about what’s coming up for the label
We continue to release bigger and better Techno Tracks this year with some awesome talent joining our ranks, we have exciting artists like Devid Dega, Gene Karz, & Diction to name just a few about to land releases with us. And also Layer 909 have been invited, and given the honour of hosting a Techno Arena at the popular Xstatic Summer Festival in the UK on July 15th. This is very exciting for us, to now be able and go and showcase our labels sound in real time and provide a Techno journey across 12 hours, and a massive step forward for the label. We have hand picked some of our favourite artists to headline… Spektre , Phutek , Anti Slam, W.E.A.P.O.N. and HP Source, who are all consistently making big noises as artists right now. They will be backed up on the day by a selection of some of our newly discovered Layer 909 artists.
What has been your best moment working at the label or best project to work on to date?
Any moment I see or hear any Layer 909 releases being dropped on the big stages. We have been blessed to catch almost all the releases either live or via social live feeds by a wide selection of the big names in Techno. When it happens for the new up and coming producers that have not experienced their music being played out to big audiences before. This especially is an ultimate high for me.
If you could have signed any record in the world for the label, what would it have been and why?
Format 1 – Solid Sessions or Scot Project – U ….Why? Because I have, so badly, wanted to remix both of these classic tracks from yesteryear LOL. They are 2 of my favourite tracks of all time, and are fantastic, immaculate storyline productions, both made at a time when music was free from ‘Genre Labelling’ and contain so many different musical elements.
What do you look for when signing a record for Layer 909? Any tips for budding producers looking to get signed to the label?
1) I would advise any producer wanting to submit a demo to primarily check our labels back catalogue. It’s a good marker to see the kind of Techno we are after.
2) Never submit a demo until it’s 100% finished and mastered.
3) And always make the label feel they are the first and only person that has listened to the demo.