Harold: Steeplenet Showcase

2020-04-24

Melbourne stalwart label Steeplejack opened it’s digital doors as Steeplenet, debuting with a release from OK EG. Harold celebrates the launch of his new offshoot label,  by showcasing an exceptional mix of imminent and forthcoming Steeplenet releases from local favourites (and some past PN guests) OK EG, LOIF, Sam Brickel, Third Space, GLM, DBR and more - curated by Harold himself. Harrison and all of his artistic endeavours have had great influence on the Melbourne underground dance scene, crafting spaces and experiences that will stick with many of us for years to come. As a DJ, label head and party curator Harrison is never one to conform or be influenced by normality - never bound by space, place, tempo or time or even amount of channels to be in use at once. It’s fearless and through these qualities he has cultivated a captivating trust within the electronic music scene. The addition of Steeplenet to the Steeplejack family is sure to further bolster what is not just a label but a community. Steeplenet will most definitely shelter some of the most exciting artists, advanced and emerging who will surely have us dancing into the 22nd century. Broadcast live on PBS Melbourne 106.7fm 24.04.2020. --- __Steeplejack Interview__ __Penny:__ You’ve had an immense and ongoing influence on the Melbourne underground dance scene - as a DJ, label owner and party curator. Parties you were involved in such as Pleasure Planet and Club D’erange have created spaces and experiences people will never forget. What did you want to achieve when you established Steeplejack in 2016? What does this imprint mean to you now and how did you want it to influence the Melbourne music community? __Harold:__ What a humbling introduction. Thank you Penny, I’ve gone bright red.. The same is easily said about you, with your work as a dj, curator at The Searchers, influence on the air waves and so much more! I’m really glad we could do this together. Steeplejack began in 2012 as a monthly party at New Guernica with our first release coming out in 2015. The party was established to support a group of us that had banded together with an idea of what we thought dance music could be. The label was a continuation of support for that collective vision. I set out to create a support network that could foster and encourage the creativity of its members, to enrich the musical experience of the artist and provide or make accessible, different platforms to have their music heard, either through performance or recording. This still all rings true today. __Penny:__ I also like to envisage Steeplejack as a bit of a community rather than solely a label. Has anything morphed or changed when you think about Steeplejack in the past, present and the future? __Harold:__ I always intended Steeplejack to be experienced as a community. It feels more like one now than it ever has before, which is pretty incredible as I have been living in Darwin for the last year and a half. I hope that you feel a part of the community too! As mentioned earlier, the label fundamentals have remained the same, but as myself and the other members of the Steeplejack community learn, grow and become more aware of the world we are living and working in, the ethos of the label learns, grows and morphs with us. The label is as much a social depiction of its members as it is a musical one. A major part of Steeplenet is expanding to properly represent the members of our community and the scene at large, which has given us a world to operate in and supported the label and myself since our infancy. __Penny:__ You have an incredible, unique and fearless DJ style. Never one to conform or be influenced by normality or trends - not bound by tempo, genre or amount of channels to be used at one time. This a special quality and has paid itself off in dividends for DJ alias Harold. How do you think these qualities and your work as a DJ influenced your curation of Steeplejack? __Harold:__ That’s a very flattering thing to hear, thank you. I love djing, but accept that what I attempt isn’t everyone’s idea of a ‘fun night out’ so it means a lot when I hear people are into it. Through djing I have been able explore and present a range of different styles which have ended up being represented by the label. I want to release music that I would play in my sets. The deep, trancey after hours sound of the sets I played at Pleasure Planet, the competitive absurdity of the music at the Steeplejack parties, the club focus of Club D’erange and the fun of Dance Technique have all informed my taste and the subsequent direction of the label. The influence from people I've met and spent time with through djing and the music scene has shaped me the most though. The biggest impact I find always come from the music I hear in friends bedrooms. I can pinpoint shifts in the musical agenda based on certain people I have met over the years. These relationships have all come about because of djing and are what I cherish most about the scene. __Penny:__ I’m very excited for what is to come for Steeplenet. Can you tell us what Steeplenet is and what your vision is for it? Harold: This e-mail letter to our stakeholders should explain everything .. Dearest stakeholders, A brief introduction to Steeplenet and the vision for our future. Steeplenet is everything you loved about Steeplejack but better. Steeplenet boasts increased efficiency, quantity, strength and capacity, and all without compromising on quality. This means more releases from a wider range of artists with remixes and videos on a locally focused global scale. Steeplenet is the label for the nu-digger, the clicker. E-mail-box systems sending releases straight to your technological door, no fear of warping, no fear of scratching, no fear of fleek pricing, or pricing at all if you know where to look. Steeplenet is still dance music from us to you! Sincerely, Steeplejack uploaded __Penny:__ What influenced your shift to a more digital platform? Vinyl has its well known pros and cons but can you tell me how this decision came about on a more personal level? __Harold:__ Over the course of the label I have worked with two distributors and four pressing plants. I feel like I experienced everything that could go wrong with a small scale vinyl label. Damaged goods, companies going under, sporadic communication, delays, breaks in contract, dodgy record store owners.. But I saw these as being unavoidable or even the necessary frustrations of the vinyl industry and totally worthwhile, so worthwhile in fact that I’m still dealing with one now, and I think will be for a little while to come. I spent a lot of time, money and energy trying to get the vinyl thing working smoothly, It was a real perfect storm of problems we experienced over the years. In saying that, none of this really phased me because of how much I love working with artists, building their releases and the hustle to get them heard. The world is home to incredible record stores staffed by kind and supportive people who love music and want to see your label succeed. I’m trying to figure out a way for the label to remain a part of that world, the relationships I made are incredibly important to me, not to mention a lot of my formative musical experiences were in record stores. I was struggling a bit with my energy levels for the label in 2018 but after a ‘classic’ inspiring trip to Europe and a change in focus and perspective from my move to Darwin I felt reborn in my love for music and saw new directions for the label. This is now being realised through an incredible new wave of Australian producers and classic label artists. Throughout 2019 I put together the next six releases and planted the seeds of their follow-ups. Since starting university my capacity to support the label changed, the plan was to put together a P&D proposal made up of the first six releases. Unfortunately after about six months of trying I wasn’t able to line anything up so had to reassess how the label was going to continue. This is when the focus shifted from vinyl to digital. Now all of the time and energy that went into organising the vinyl side of the label is being directed straight to the artist and release. The digital medium is allowing us to be in almost complete control of the release process, this means a release every two months as opposed to once a year. These factors combined with the ‘very well known cons’, from environmental to social have informed our decision to make the shift to digital and honestly, I’m extremely excited about it! __Penny:__ You’ve put together an exciting mix of forthcoming Steeple Net releases for Passing Notes which I’m very happy to be broadcasting on PBS for my 60th episode, can you tell us about these releases and what is to come? __Harold:__ 60 shows, congratulations! It feels great to be a part of such a landmark episode. Happy Birthday Passing Notes!! With the mix I tried to showcase the different styles and energies of the forthcoming releases in a cohesive way, a sonic representation of how each releases link in my head. Artists include OK EG, Sam Brickel, Glome, Cutting Room, dbr, anecine, Third Space, LOIF, Pannotia, Usurper and Tackle. All of the tracks in the mix are set to be released over the next 18 months… Australia is poppin! - Steeplenet_001 – OK EG – Anther EP – Releases May 8th  Samples: https://soundcloud.com/steeplejackrec/ok-eg-anther-ep-sampler Preorder: https://steeplejackrecc.bandcamp.com/album/anther - Thank you Cosmo Feltham, Belski and Will Rosenfeldt who are responsible for the graphic representation of this project. The label identity, this transition and the continuation of the label online would not be possible without their brilliant work and imaginations! Thank you to all the artists who accepted the invitation to be a part of the label and for being so supportive of the changes from when we started working together to now. It’s such a pleasure working with such talented, dedicated and determined people. I couldn’t be happier working on this project with all of you. Thank you to everyone who has supported the label over the years. Whether by attending our events or buying and choosing to listen to our music, you have all helped shape and motivate the living, breathing and now digitally coded world that is Steeplejack! Thank you Connor Gibson and Post Percy, for everything!

Harold: Steeplenet Showcase

2020-04-24

Melbourne stalwart label Steeplejack opened it’s digital doors as Steeplenet, debuting with a release from OK EG. Harold celebrates the launch of his new offshoot label,  by showcasing an exceptional mix of imminent and forthcoming Steeplenet releases from local favourites (and some past PN guests) OK EG, LOIF, Sam Brickel, Third Space, GLM, DBR and more - curated by Harold himself. Harrison and all of his artistic endeavours have had great influence on the Melbourne underground dance scene, crafting spaces and experiences that will stick with many of us for years to come. As a DJ, label head and party curator Harrison is never one to conform or be influenced by normality - never bound by space, place, tempo or time or even amount of channels to be in use at once. It’s fearless and through these qualities he has cultivated a captivating trust within the electronic music scene. The addition of Steeplenet to the Steeplejack family is sure to further bolster what is not just a label but a community. Steeplenet will most definitely shelter some of the most exciting artists, advanced and emerging who will surely have us dancing into the 22nd century. Broadcast live on PBS Melbourne 106.7fm 24.04.2020. --- __Steeplejack Interview__ __Penny:__ You’ve had an immense and ongoing influence on the Melbourne underground dance scene - as a DJ, label owner and party curator. Parties you were involved in such as Pleasure Planet and Club D’erange have created spaces and experiences people will never forget. What did you want to achieve when you established Steeplejack in 2016? What does this imprint mean to you now and how did you want it to influence the Melbourne music community? __Harold:__ What a humbling introduction. Thank you Penny, I’ve gone bright red.. The same is easily said about you, with your work as a dj, curator at The Searchers, influence on the air waves and so much more! I’m really glad we could do this together. Steeplejack began in 2012 as a monthly party at New Guernica with our first release coming out in 2015. The party was established to support a group of us that had banded together with an idea of what we thought dance music could be. The label was a continuation of support for that collective vision. I set out to create a support network that could foster and encourage the creativity of its members, to enrich the musical experience of the artist and provide or make accessible, different platforms to have their music heard, either through performance or recording. This still all rings true today. __Penny:__ I also like to envisage Steeplejack as a bit of a community rather than solely a label. Has anything morphed or changed when you think about Steeplejack in the past, present and the future? __Harold:__ I always intended Steeplejack to be experienced as a community. It feels more like one now than it ever has before, which is pretty incredible as I have been living in Darwin for the last year and a half. I hope that you feel a part of the community too! As mentioned earlier, the label fundamentals have remained the same, but as myself and the other members of the Steeplejack community learn, grow and become more aware of the world we are living and working in, the ethos of the label learns, grows and morphs with us. The label is as much a social depiction of its members as it is a musical one. A major part of Steeplenet is expanding to properly represent the members of our community and the scene at large, which has given us a world to operate in and supported the label and myself since our infancy. __Penny:__ You have an incredible, unique and fearless DJ style. Never one to conform or be influenced by normality or trends - not bound by tempo, genre or amount of channels to be used at one time. This a special quality and has paid itself off in dividends for DJ alias Harold. How do you think these qualities and your work as a DJ influenced your curation of Steeplejack? __Harold:__ That’s a very flattering thing to hear, thank you. I love djing, but accept that what I attempt isn’t everyone’s idea of a ‘fun night out’ so it means a lot when I hear people are into it. Through djing I have been able explore and present a range of different styles which have ended up being represented by the label. I want to release music that I would play in my sets. The deep, trancey after hours sound of the sets I played at Pleasure Planet, the competitive absurdity of the music at the Steeplejack parties, the club focus of Club D’erange and the fun of Dance Technique have all informed my taste and the subsequent direction of the label. The influence from people I've met and spent time with through djing and the music scene has shaped me the most though. The biggest impact I find always come from the music I hear in friends bedrooms. I can pinpoint shifts in the musical agenda based on certain people I have met over the years. These relationships have all come about because of djing and are what I cherish most about the scene. __Penny:__ I’m very excited for what is to come for Steeplenet. Can you tell us what Steeplenet is and what your vision is for it? Harold: This e-mail letter to our stakeholders should explain everything .. Dearest stakeholders, A brief introduction to Steeplenet and the vision for our future. Steeplenet is everything you loved about Steeplejack but better. Steeplenet boasts increased efficiency, quantity, strength and capacity, and all without compromising on quality. This means more releases from a wider range of artists with remixes and videos on a locally focused global scale. Steeplenet is the label for the nu-digger, the clicker. E-mail-box systems sending releases straight to your technological door, no fear of warping, no fear of scratching, no fear of fleek pricing, or pricing at all if you know where to look. Steeplenet is still dance music from us to you! Sincerely, Steeplejack uploaded __Penny:__ What influenced your shift to a more digital platform? Vinyl has its well known pros and cons but can you tell me how this decision came about on a more personal level? __Harold:__ Over the course of the label I have worked with two distributors and four pressing plants. I feel like I experienced everything that could go wrong with a small scale vinyl label. Damaged goods, companies going under, sporadic communication, delays, breaks in contract, dodgy record store owners.. But I saw these as being unavoidable or even the necessary frustrations of the vinyl industry and totally worthwhile, so worthwhile in fact that I’m still dealing with one now, and I think will be for a little while to come. I spent a lot of time, money and energy trying to get the vinyl thing working smoothly, It was a real perfect storm of problems we experienced over the years. In saying that, none of this really phased me because of how much I love working with artists, building their releases and the hustle to get them heard. The world is home to incredible record stores staffed by kind and supportive people who love music and want to see your label succeed. I’m trying to figure out a way for the label to remain a part of that world, the relationships I made are incredibly important to me, not to mention a lot of my formative musical experiences were in record stores. I was struggling a bit with my energy levels for the label in 2018 but after a ‘classic’ inspiring trip to Europe and a change in focus and perspective from my move to Darwin I felt reborn in my love for music and saw new directions for the label. This is now being realised through an incredible new wave of Australian producers and classic label artists. Throughout 2019 I put together the next six releases and planted the seeds of their follow-ups. Since starting university my capacity to support the label changed, the plan was to put together a P&D proposal made up of the first six releases. Unfortunately after about six months of trying I wasn’t able to line anything up so had to reassess how the label was going to continue. This is when the focus shifted from vinyl to digital. Now all of the time and energy that went into organising the vinyl side of the label is being directed straight to the artist and release. The digital medium is allowing us to be in almost complete control of the release process, this means a release every two months as opposed to once a year. These factors combined with the ‘very well known cons’, from environmental to social have informed our decision to make the shift to digital and honestly, I’m extremely excited about it! __Penny:__ You’ve put together an exciting mix of forthcoming Steeple Net releases for Passing Notes which I’m very happy to be broadcasting on PBS for my 60th episode, can you tell us about these releases and what is to come? __Harold:__ 60 shows, congratulations! It feels great to be a part of such a landmark episode. Happy Birthday Passing Notes!! With the mix I tried to showcase the different styles and energies of the forthcoming releases in a cohesive way, a sonic representation of how each releases link in my head. Artists include OK EG, Sam Brickel, Glome, Cutting Room, dbr, anecine, Third Space, LOIF, Pannotia, Usurper and Tackle. All of the tracks in the mix are set to be released over the next 18 months… Australia is poppin! - Steeplenet_001 – OK EG – Anther EP – Releases May 8th  Samples: https://soundcloud.com/steeplejackrec/ok-eg-anther-ep-sampler Preorder: https://steeplejackrecc.bandcamp.com/album/anther - Thank you Cosmo Feltham, Belski and Will Rosenfeldt who are responsible for the graphic representation of this project. The label identity, this transition and the continuation of the label online would not be possible without their brilliant work and imaginations! Thank you to all the artists who accepted the invitation to be a part of the label and for being so supportive of the changes from when we started working together to now. It’s such a pleasure working with such talented, dedicated and determined people. I couldn’t be happier working on this project with all of you. Thank you to everyone who has supported the label over the years. Whether by attending our events or buying and choosing to listen to our music, you have all helped shape and motivate the living, breathing and now digitally coded world that is Steeplejack! Thank you Connor Gibson and Post Percy, for everything!