Interview with Bad Panda Records

Here’s an extract of an online interview Pete Cogle did with Claudio from Pad Panda Records.

Tell the listeners a little bit about your netlabel.

It started with the idea of the free weekly (monday) release to support underground music I liked, just like a joke. Then it grew up fast in just one year releasing Dumbo Gets Mad album on vinyl. We will stick to the weekly release, more albums and more contest remixes, I guess. I have no idea which direction it will take now, I love it.

How did you come up with the name?

My American cousin looked at the logo and said “that’s a bad panda!” 😉

How long have you been around?

We are newborn! We’re now one and a half years old, our first single release was on december 7th, 2009.

What genres of music you produce?

Eclectic genre, I would say, from psych-pop to post-rock, from more electronic stuff to more experimental things, I hope there’s something good for anyone taste.

How many artists do you have on the label?

One different artist every week, so now 85.

Are you one of those artists?

No.

What prompted you to start a label in the first place?

Music passion, Creative Commons love and the will to make something new for music.

Do you release hard-copy CDs or just downloads?

For now, no CDs, though we have released on vinyls. But we are thinking of something else completely new.

How do you promote your netlabel?

The blog, facebook, twitter, hype machine, stereomood, soundcloud, free music archive, etc.

How do you keep afloat? Do you make money or take donations?

We’re taking donations, but there’s not enough of them to even afford a domain. We will see if we will be able to keep on releasing the albums..

How do you measure success?

I measure success in the measure you are able to break the links of a local scene or of a scene made of “friendly contacts” or even better, how you can positevely influence and inspire any single person.

Popularity is not the aim, it is almost never a measure of impact, or genius or art.

What would you say to someone considering starting a netlabel?

Culture and art are meant to be shared. But it takes passion and dedication, it won’t make you “money” rich but it will make you richer in a different way.

Given what you know about running a netlabel, what would you do differently now?

I would be proud to do the same things again 🙂

Can you provide 5 or 6 tracks that really sum up your netlabel?

Track1 Dumbo Gets Mad – You Make You Feel (Original Remix)

Track2 Dumbo Gets Mad – You Make You Feel (DIVA Remix)

Track3 1-Speed Bike – This Country Is Torture

Track4 adamned.age – nanof

Track5 Berlinist – No Love Lost

Track6 The Echelon Effect – We Will Spin Forever

Check out our first year sampler that sums up the label with the previous releases : http://badpandarecords.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/badpandasampler001

Either for each track, or as a mix, can you tell us who the artists are, the track names and why you chose them?

First track is the winner of a remix contest we held, making available different stems of the track. The other artists somehow got in touch with us (we have an email dedicated to submission at badpandasubmit@gmail.com , and we love artists send in their work.)

[WEB] http://badpandarecords.wordpress.com
[TWITTER] http://twitter.com/badpandarecords

[FACEBOOK] http://www.facebook.com/badpandarecords
[SOUNDCLOUD] http://soundcloud.com/bad-panda-records
[BIGCARTEL] http://badpandarecords.bigcartel.com

Is there anything I should have asked you I didn’t?

Mmh.. maybe “Who are you and where are you based?” I’m from Rome, Italy and some friends from Germany, France, Iceland and California are helping too.

Or maybe “why creative commons?” Just to say that singing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ in public is illegal and 2 million dollars annual royalties for that song goes to a major who spends that money in lobbying while the original authors have been dead for many years. Also remember that copyright was created to encourage a dynamic culture and to provide widespread, affordable access to content for the public.

Tell the listeners a little bit about your netlabel.

It started with the idea of the free weekly (monday) release to support underground music I liked, just like a joke. Then it grew up fast in just one year releasing Dumbo Gets Mad album on vinyl. We will stick to the weekly release, more albums and more contest remixes, I guess. I have no idea which direction it will take now, I love it.

How did you come up with the name?

My american cousin looked at the logo and said “that’s a bad panda!” 😉

How long have you been around?

We are fresh born! 1 year and half, first single release was on december seven 2009

TRACK: You Make You Feel (DIVA Remix), by Dumbo Gets Mad.

What genres of music you produce?

Eclectic genre, I would say, from psych-pop to post-rock, from more electronic stuff to more experimental things, I hope there’s something good for anyone taste

How many artists you have on the label?

One different artist every week, so now 85.

Are you one of those artists?

No.

What prompted you to start a label in the first place?

Music passion, Creative Commons love and the will to make something new for music

TRACK: This Country Is Torture, by 1-Speed Bike. Canada.

Do you release hard-copy CDs or just downloads?

For now, no CDs but vinyls. But we are thinking of something else completely new

How do you promote your netlabel?

The blog, facebook, twitter, hype machine, stereomood, soundclould, free music archive, etc, etc

How do you keep afloat? Do you make money or take donations?

We’re taking donations even if they’re not enough not even to afford a domain. we will see if we will be able to keep on with the albums..

How do you measure success?

I measure success in the measure you are able to break the links of a local scene or of a scene made of “friendly contacts” or even better, how you can positevely influence and inspire any single person.

Popularity is not the aim, it is almost never a measure of impact, or genius or art.

TRACK: Nanof, by Adamned-Age. Hamburg, Germany.

What would you say to someone considering starting a netlabel?

Culture and art are meant to be shared. But it takes passion and dedication, it won’t make you “money” rich but it will makes you get you richer in a different way.

Given what you know about running a netlabel, what would you do differently now?

I would be proud to do the same things again 🙂

Can you provide 5 tracks that really sum up your netlabel?

5 tracks that sum up the label lately:

Dumbo Gets Mad – You Make You Feel (DIVA Remix)

1-Speed Bike – This Country Is Torture

adamned.age – nanof

Berlinist – No Love Lost

The Echelon Effect – We Will Spin Forever

Check out our 1st year sampler that sums up the label with the previous releases : http://badpandarecords.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/badpandasampler001/

Either for each track, or as a mix, can you tell us who the artists are, the track names and why you chose them?

First track is the winner of a contest remix we made, making available different stems of the track. Artists are either musicians we love either musicians who someway got in touch with us (we have an email dedicated to submission badpandasubmit@gmail.com )

TRACK: No Love Lost, by Berlinist. Barcelona, Spain.

Where can listeners find you on the net?

[WEB] http://badpandarecords.wordpress.com/
[TWITTER]
http://twitter.com/badpandarecords

[FACEBOOK] http://www.facebook.com/badpandarecords
[SOUNDCLOUD] http://soundcloud.com/bad-panda-records/
[BIGCARTEL] http://badpandarecords.bigcartel.com/

Is there anything I should have asked you I didn’t?

 

mmh.. maybe who you are and where are you based? I’m from Rome, Italy and some friends from Germany, France, Iceland and California are helping too.

or maybe why creative commons? just to say that singing Happy Birthday to You in public is illegal and 2 millions dollar annual royalties for that song goes to a major who spend that money in lobbying meanwhile authors are dead many years ago… and to remember that copyright was created To encourage a dynamic culture and to provide widespread, affordable access to content for the public.

TRACK: We Will Spin Forever, by The Echelon Effect. UK.

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