Founded in Bristol in 2014, Prjkts was brought back to our attention recently when we fell in love with the "Wisdom EP" they released from LA-based producer Farsight. The label has pushed a forward-thinking, immersive and hybrid sound since the beginning which has earned them solid foundations on which to grow. We spoke to co-founder Josh Ling AKA Paperchase to find out more.
I think as a definitive genre it can be hard to pin down what you guys are doing, as is the same with a lot of stuff now, but I remember you describing it as Club when we spoke last year, what originally brought your attention to that area of music?
Possibly like a lot of people in the UK I think I'd have to say Night Slugs, I'd been following them avidly since Dubstep's Skrillex driven demise on the forward thinking underground. NS brought me into "Club" music with their 2012 re-release of K Griff's "Bring in the Katz", a classic Baltimore Club anthem featuring live vocals with the "think" break jangling underneath, heartily encompassing a club orientated sound that really spoke to me at the time. Pearson Sound & Hessle had also shone a light on early Baltimore Club for me with remixes of Rod Lee and after touching on B'more and then Jersey I spent a lot of time seeking out the classics and incorporating them into my sets around Bristol. Following this, the emergence of UK crews like Gang Fatale & Her Records (hot on the heels of Night Slugs, especially the works of Jam City) using the US club influence to create their own hybrid sound made it clear to me I wanted to be part of this movement.
What do you think creates the difference between a person that's happy being a fan of a genre and then someone that wants to be proactive in working within it?
To be honest I really don't know, I've always played music whether it was instruments or hammering DAWs and I've always aspired to be an active part of the music I love, starting a label started became an obvious move for me & I was lucky to find a kindred spirit like Adam (Vern) to help make the critical decisions with me.
As the sound you begun with originated in America, was it hard to find artists in the UK to work with?
Surprisingly not, me & Adam (Vern & Milla) had been sharing our own productions and talking about our plans for the label with like minded artists on Soundcloud, and fervent online communities like Classical Trax, for quite sometime before we dropped the first two releases. These included a few American and European producers but mostly UK talent like Evil Streets, Arma, Syymstress, Barla and of course Me (Paperchase) and Vern & Milla.
What have been your main influences in building Prjkts?
Well as you've already highlighted we have been massively influenced by club scenes such as Baltimore Club, Jersey, Ballroom & Vogue but we also hold massive allegiance to UK Grime, Funky and UK Bass music in general. Probably making our main aim to bring these sounds together in a coherent fashion aurally & visually.
How did you find the process of setting up a label?
Yes setting up the label and more complex releases has been full of pitfalls and obstacles, but the collective feeling once the music is out there is more than worth it for me.
Tell us a bit about the artists you've been working with recently.
Well we dropped our first EP earlier this year - "Wisdom" from Farsight. Hailing from LA, Farsight has been closely involved since Prjkts' inception and you can expect more from him down the line. Another US talent we are constantly excited about is Kush Jones, a Bronx based sample wizard with feet in Footwork & most other club flavours. Next up EP-wise is Arma, also someone who has been involved with the label since the off, I would go on but the list of Artists we are working with is growing day by day so I refer you to our Soundcloud where all the music can be streamed at will.
I attended your recent event at Cosies in which you had Bushido and Circular Jaw playing which was one of my favourite nights I've been to in a while; what do you think about the relationship between running a label and running events, do you think it's important to do both?
Ah thats awesome so glad you dug the night! In 2015 I did feel Bristol wasn't even close to being ready for the music us and other Bristol collectives like SuperKitchen were pushing but never-the-less yes I do feel running nights and trying to help create a scene in your local area is very important, so we booked Neana last year & decided to keep on pushing.
You also had Bristol's Glot playing at the last one, is he someone you'll be working with in the future?
Ah yes Glot, he's a good friend of ours and such an amazing person to bounce music off. He's been working on his own extremely original take on Grime in a saturated market and I jumped at the chance to put out an EP with him so expect that to surface very soon. We've also got mad love for his selection as a DJ so he will remain a mainstay at Prjkts events in the future.
What else can we expect from you guys?
Lots of EPs, RndmWrk Vol. 2 & a few very exciting trans atlantic collaborations.