Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant label has, in its comparatively brief seven-year lifespan, already developed one thing of an aspirational authority on the European circuit and past. With an array of releases from Man Power, Red Axes, Maceo Plex, TERR, Cardini herself and plenty of extra, the label’s broad sonic palette encompases all the things from deep, melodic home, Italo and cosmic disco to enveloping techno and electro.
Each yr, the label has additionally launched a compilation, championing rising artists and putting their tracks amongst cuts from label regulars. This year’s edition, as an illustration, featured tracks from promising acts like Mexico’s Zombies in Miami, rising Berlin star Perel and Javi Redondo – who has recorded this label combine for DJ Mag.
As Correspondant, and Cardini, wind down after their busiest yr so far, we caught up together with her to be taught extra in regards to the previous, current and way forward for the Berlin-based label. Read the interview under and hearken to Redondo’s marvellous mixture of tracks on the label to get acquainted with an imprint on a quick observe to turning into one among Europe’s most necessary.
Hey Jennifer, how’s it going? How has 2018 been treating you? What have been some highlights for Correspondant?
“2018 has been nice to date! We’ve had just a few highlights really, sure! On the discharge entrance I’m after all considering of Maceo Plex’s ‘Mutant Disco’ and Krystal Klear’s killer remix of TERR, but additionally our label evening at Panorama Bar earlier this yr was additionally very particular after which our annual label compilation that got here out just a few weeks in the past can be getting a lot of love.”
Can you give us a quick historical past of the label? Take us again to what impressed its launch and the way the primary few releases went?
“I began Correspondant seven years in the past now and the primary launch got here from French expertise Nhar. At that point we each lived and shared a studio in Cologne the place German distribution firm and label Kompakt can be primarily based. I fell in love with Nhar’s ‘Thelema’, a disco hit and a observe that was, for me, the right begin for Correspondant. I nonetheless play it commonly, it simply doesn’t get previous! After talking to the Kompakt bosses and with the kindness and assist of their distribution workforce I began the label. Then my associate in crime Noura Labbani joined the workforce and we launched the compilation sequence which has actually helped convey extra consideration to Correspondant and permit us to develop and welcome extra artists/associates onto the label!”
How do you are feeling the label has developed since then? What are some challenges it has confronted? If you have been to return and alter something about the way it has progressed would you?
“The largest problem of all continues to be the format. Producing vinyl continues to be robust economically, for us and plenty of others. Digital gross sales are slowing down whereas streaming is rising. We all know what streaming means in time period of margins, in order a label we're continuously looking for methods to proceed delivering the perfect music and likewise shining a light-weight on new and thrilling artists. But it's difficult.
“What would I modify? Actually, I wouldn’t change a factor. We’ve had some fascinating ‘classes’ to be taught after all, however normally we're actually completely satisfied in regards to the growth of Correspondant and each Noura and I actually see the label as a giant household.”
What have been your proudest moments with Correspondant?
“Honestly, I’m nonetheless not fairly recovered from receiving a textual content from Andrew Weatherall to inform me how a lot he loves the brand new compilation and that he’s been taking part in a lot of the tracks. It means a lot to us to have artists like Andrew taking part in our releases and displaying help for our label household.”
The new compilation is great! Can you inform us about the way you turned conscious of the newer artists featured on the discharge and what made you are feeling they have been the appropriate match for the label?
“Thank you for the praise. This is quantity six within the sequence and is one among my private favorites. As a DJ and A&R it’s necessary to remain curious. I nonetheless search for and purchase a whole lot of music on-line and go to retailers commonly too. On high of this I additionally obtain a whole lot of demos and promo and get music from immediately from associates and artists I love. For the label, all the things matches if I prefer it.”
Representation and visibility for feminine, POC and LGBTQ artists is rightfully turning into a extra very important consideration for promoters, pageant organisers and label heads. Is this one thing that you just really feel is necessary in Correspondant? More extensively, have you ever seen an enchancment on this regard in your rapid environment within the scene?
“Yes, it’s after all essential to me and to the label. When I began Correspondant I used to be shocked by the dearth of demos from girls. The indisputable fact that the business failed in supporting girls and different minorities for thus lengthy did discourage a whole lot of them to ship demos and even pursue a profession as an artist. Diversity is important and I’m completely satisfied to see that the subject now has the eye of the scene once more. I really feel that some optimistic modifications are being made.”