Label Spotlight #028 - Double Cheese Records
This week for our Label Spotlight series, we’re chatting to Federico Luglio a.k.a “Luyo” about his Double Cheese Records imprint! Home to the legends like DJ Spen, Opolopo, Kerri Chandler, Aki Bergen, Boddhi Satva and N’dinga Gaba. Founded in 2012, Double Cheese has been known for releasing major fire in our Soulful & Afro House Genres and this is just the beginning…
Could you please give us a little bit of background on you, the label, and what your influences were & still are?
Double Cheese was founded exactly 5 years ago, after 10 years’ experience as DJ in Antigua in the West Indies and a short collaboration with Tony Humphries’ label. The label quickly established as a reference in the soulful house genre, yet soon evolved in a meeting point for different styles of house. We encourage expanding the style boundaries and genre crossing. Lately we’ve been releasing lots of hot afro house tracks for instance, and a #1 Soul/Funk/Disco. If you dig well you can even find a whole urban jazz album in the catalogue!
What have been your favourite releases from the label over the years?
Tough question as every release is a love affair… plus how can I choose among releases on the catalogue by the likes of Kerri Chandler, Boddhi Satva or Opolopo! Definitely our 100th release, selected and mixed by DJ Spen is a personal favourite as it shows the strength of the catalogue we built. More recently “Ancestral” was a peak moment with its shamanic journey experience, and not forgetting the cover of classic disco hit “Heartache No.9” by Kyle Kim, remixed in style by legendary Ashley Beedle.
Tell us a bit about what’s coming up for the label
Exciting times here at Double Cheese HQ as we are presenting the debut work of Tri-Funk who delivered a 3 tracks EP alongside Mike City that is just spectacular. Looking forward also to new mixes of recent hits “Heartache No. 9” and “You’re In My System”, a latin summer bomb by Norty Cotto, Sted-E, and Hybrid Heights, The Scientists Of Sound’s afro “Asase Ye Duru” that promises to be a dancefloor smasher, more heat from Luciano Gioia, Kyle Kim, Kelvin Sylvester and much much more…
Your best moment (so far) working at Double Cheese or best project to work on to date?
Everyday we feel grateful for the journey that is running this label as the first thing we do every morning is listen to the demos sent by artists. To be able to collaborate with people worldwide is a great opportunity: last year we’ve been able to bring Double Cheese’s sound as far as over Asia, in Thailand and Japan, and that was just awesome. It’s a great responsibility and we fully dedicate ourselves to up-and-coming artists to be able to present their work professionally to the larger audience possible. We experienced a constant growth of the label’s fan base and recently got the attention of the biggest names and brands in the game, as we are getting lots of licensing requests and support.
What do you look for when signing a record for Double Cheese? Any tips for budding producers looking to get signed to the label?
Given that the genre is not a limitation, it’s the balance between melody and rhythm, the fact that has a moving groove yet the song has a certain uniqueness and a story to tell. That can be done with vocals but also by a driving instruments arrangement. Young producers always get a reply from us and it’s important for us to keep a good relationship with them as those who get released on the label become part of the family! If you got what it takes you can hit us at firstname.lastname@example.org