After being involved with music production first as a photographer, then as a designer and co-producer for Erstwhile Records for 15 years and Gravity Wave for 8 years, I decided to start my own label. The label's name is 'elsewhere', curated and run by me as a sole producer.
My label will feature mainly contemporary works, specifically compositional works which has classical music aesthetics at its roots, but it may not have to strictly belong to the area of contemporary classical music. The essential goal for my label is to find and release good music which touches my heart deeply with its lasting value, created by earnest devotion from the artist’s pure soul, which I believe I will want to listen to repeatedly for a very long time - just like I love to return to Schubert or Mahler or Monteverdi, or any past classics that move me over the course of many years. This label may also feature some music outside classical aesthetics - as long as it feels real and genuine, or something that seems as if I were hearing it in the wind or from elsewhere, far away from the noise of the real world.
Deep thanks to all of you who have been devoted listeners of our Erstwhile Records and Gravity Wave for giving us tremendous support for many years until today. We sincerely hope that we will be able to keep going with this new label as well as Jon Abbey's Erstwhile and Michael Pisaro's Gravity Wave label for many years, and your continuous love and support will be deeply appreciated.
about audio quality
Also, in order to pursue the best possible sound quality which will be closer to the rich, warm analog sound of vinyl, and also to convey the life of the music as vividly and naturally as possible, we are aiming to use 24-bit recording/mixing/mastering for every release, and also DSD recording/mastering for some particular project. Customers can choose between regular CD format or 24bit/96kHz FLAC HD files to purchase from our website, depending on their preference and listening environment. We also sell CD and lossless digital files on Bandcamp with streaming service. (On Bandcamp, pre-order customers for CD can download lossless digital files and streaming for free.)
We are not planning to make vinyl records due to our limited production circumstances, but we hope that our 24-bit hi-res audio will let you experience the music without losing its original delicate nuances of the sounds in a wide dynamic range, as well as the rich overtones and the warm, organic feel of the space, in a closer way to how you feel when listening to a vinyl record.
yuko zama interview
NYC music journalist Steve Smith did an in-depth interview with me on elsewhere, which will help you to understand my label's orientation and aesthetics very well. (8/3/2018)
Musique Machine interview with Yuko Zama, curator/producer of Elsewhere Music, by Roger Batty. (6/11/2019)
Rate Your Music's Sonemic interview: Yuko Zama's favorite 10 releases (8/24/2019)