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 by me as a producer, and Jon Abbey as an executive producer.
My label will feature mainly contemporary work 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.
Before sending us your release proposal with already recorded material…
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. Please read this interview before you consider to contact me or send us any release proposal, to make sure that your work agrees with our label's aesthetics and orientation.
If you have a material which was already recorded, please make sure that it was recorded at 24-bit sampling rate, since we prefer to give listeners the option of hi-res files for download sales in addition to the CD format. We may accept 16-bit files if we like the music, but 24bit/96kHz files are highly recommended and preferable for our label. Also, before sending us your release proposal, please make sure that everyone involved with the project (composer, performer, event organizer) are happy with the idea that your material might be on our label, to avoid any confusion or conflict later on.
Thank you very much.