Local lads start a record label and release an album in lockdown
Two school friends have launched a record label and released an EP on Spotify in lockdown, and are now donating their profits to CLIC Sargent.
|Wilf Rake (top) and Dan Bex on Zoom, working hard on their EP|
Daniel Bex and Wilf Rake, both 23 and both ex-Kingsbridge Community College students, have been using the video conferencing platform Zoom to launch their projects during lockdown.
Dan has been shielding with his grandmother in Stokenham while Wilf is back in Liverpool, so most of their collaboration has been online.
The duo, who together are 'Artemis the Moon Man', released their EP 'Project Piano' on June 5, on it, music that Dan describes as "electronic ambience, some house and techno". They are gearing up to release a new album on Monday.
They are gearing up to release a new album on Monday
|Artemis the Moon Man - Project Piano |
They also launched their own small record company Local Network Records and have their eyes, and ears, peeled for other artists to come on board.
Dan said: "We said 'bugger waiting around for someone to release our stuff, we'll do it ourselves'."
Bugger waiting around for someone to release our stuff, we'll do it ourselves!
Not only were the pair in lockdown like everyone else, but Dan has been shielding due to having a rare blood disorder, Aplastic anaemia. "It means my immune system attacks my bone marrow and stops it making white and red blood cells" he explained. "I'm two years past treatment and getting better but the drugs I'm on are immunosuppressants so I basically have no immune system to fight something like Covid-19."
The drugs I'm on are immunosuppressants so I basically have no immune system to fight something like Covid-19
He said collaborating with Wilf over Zoom rather than real life was "a pain in the arse" but eventually, all but two songs on the new album were created that way. "When Wilf was in Devon we managed to have a socially-distanced walk together and recorded some local soundscapes, we thought that would make for a good album as we're both from round here."
CLIC Sargent came into their lives when Dan was going through treatment. A charity that supports young people diagnosed with cancer, they also support those with very similar conditions, Aplastic anaemia being one of them.
"I had a CLIC Sargent social worker from day one", Dan said, "and they arranged counselling for me afterwards.
"Since they have a focus on music, they organised a week-long getaway I went to in August last year. They had lots of tutors from the industry and we could get their advice and their insight. All the other people there are all cancer patients and its not often as a young person you come across someone else going through treatment. Its cathartic to meet these people while doing the thing you love.
Its cathartic to meet these people while doing the thing you love
"During lockdown they offered one-to-one sessions online with tutors so I could ask them what I needed to do to get this project started."
Their album, Project Piano, is available on Bandcamp, a platform for artists and labels that supports the artist and ensures they are properly compensated for their work. Once a month, Bandcamp has a 'Bandcamp Friday' event where everything made on that day goes directly to the artist.
This Friday, Artemis the Moon Man is donating everything they make to CLIC Sargent. "We only have two releases on Bandcamp so its not going to be loads but its something to say thank you to them for their support".
We only have two releases on Bandcamp so its not going to be loads but its something to say thank you to them for their support
While Local Network Records is in its infancy, they are also using every Bandcamp Friday to recommend and highlight other artists that deserve to be noticed.
You can find their music on Bandcamp: localnetworkrecords.bandcamp.com/releases and you'll be donating to CLIC Sargent at the same time if you buy something today. It is also available on Spotify and Apple Music.