Pear Drops have continuously set themselves apart from the crowd in Bristol since they began not long ago and, when often this can result in conceitedness, it instead conveys a real genuity and positive nature about the scene that appears to drive and reside in everything they do as a label. Their most recent release, "Kowloon Bae" produced by Bristol duo Boycott, further solidified their efforts in our eyes and became one of our favourite EPs of this year so far with a carefully curated selection of artists on the remix including OH91, Akito and Bushido, connecting with an evermore interesting and relatively new area of music where Grime and club music meet harmoniously. Having recently announced their next event taking place at The Crofters Rights on Saturday 10th June with artists such as Grandmixxer, Snowy, Rapture 4D, Polonis and more, we brought them here to speak about their movements past and present and to sneak a few words about what's to come in the future.
Interview & photos by Beth Sheldrick
"...when partnered with the remixes it really tells a story of underground music today."
Last month's release "Kowloon Bae" by Bristol duo Boycott comfortably illustrated the growing crossovers between Grime and Club Trax with remixes from OH91, Akito & Bushido ft. Haraam. Did you have that in mind when you planned this EP? We wanted to bring as much light to the sounds that we’ve been working on and playing, with more styles to come. We’ve been in contact with Boycott both in and out of music for a while and know how passionate Xav and Pinot are about developing not just their sound but the platform and level that our piers have been building communally.
Kowloon Bae has been in discussion for a while and is a very unique and distinct cut from Boycott, but when partnered with the remixes it really tells a story of underground music today.
Now you've released three EPs, how do you feel the label has progressed since the first and how much of that was completely organic or a carefully structured? The whole thing has been completely organic. We are grateful to have the experience we do, the friends/critiques and to an extent the connections to put the work into the right hands, without over stretching our reach.
It’s an interesting progression, because we are not delusional and understand that a lot of our ambitions are new. Like, putting on a wave night in Bristol is a risk. Going left when the rest go right is a risk… But we are driven and enjoy taking every step on this new road we’re treading.
" Everything was moving and I caught a moment when the team was engrossed in supporting and listening to each other’s performance, I was proud and very humbled."
As a label, when choosing what to release, what takes priority? For example is it that the sound is new and exciting or that it answers to your personal tastes? Personal taste, to be frank that’s the only reason we’re doing this in the first place. Having said that though, the music we gravitate to is very fresh and alive. Short answer though, personal taste.
How are your movements looking this year, can we know about any upcoming releases?
Next up will be Muttley – Make Me featuring input from Jay0117 & Dimpson (Cheese & Bread), Kareful (Liquid Ritual) and Daffy. After that we’ve got a release lined up from Eyesz, a guy who caught my eye about 2 years back and I’ve been itching to push his work. That’s an original 5 track EP. Plus a project from Skelecta, but one at a time ay.
You've just announced an event on 10th June at the Crofters Rights, with Grandmixxer & Snowy headlining, can you tell us a bit more about that? Before I do, I’d like to note our last outing at Motion; we took over a room in support of a The Blast and brought a handful of the guys together for it. Everything was moving and I caught a moment when the team was engrossed in supporting and listening to each other’s performance, I was proud and very humbled. That’s what I’m looking for again, obviously Grandmixxer & Snowy set a very high bar for everyone on the line up. But I think that’s what’s gluing all our ambitious and or talented roaster/line ups/releases together - Raising the bar until we’re through the ceiling.
"Everything about PD has been built off feeling. That including artwork, videos, radio sets etc."
What do you take into consideration when curating a line up for Pear Drops? Is it a similar thought process to when you curate an EP? Exactly that. Without being philosophical, we see how even the underground elements of the industry are geared to other people’s perception of you, represented by numbers which can flush creativity (in my opinion). Everything about PD has been built off feeling. That including artwork, videos, radio sets etc.
Lastly, any advice for budding label heads? I guess in continuation of my last answer; allow yourself the time and opportunities so that your organic good ideas can develop. Plus and it’s surprising how often this is new info to people, but forget about money, status, likes all of that and get your head down.
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