Inflect is a record label specialized in Indie Dance. Inflect originally originated in Liverpool. Inflect is part English and part Lithuanian and currently lives in Vilnius and Amsterdam. We have the pleasure of interviewing this unique label.
They bring a combination of UK / Italian disco music and dark Techno imports from Central Europe, mixed with Eastern European countries like Lithuania, to create The Inflect Style.
We have the pleasure of interviewing this unique label.
When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?
I became fond of electronic music from a very early age, as early as 12 I recall, loving Big room house, Dubstep and Drum ‘n Bass. I attended concerts at University Student Unions at the age of 15 to see acts such as Noisia, Flux Pavilion and Dillon Francis, to name a few. One iconic moment I remember was Mint Festival 2016 at Wetherby Racecourse, UK. I entered the House/Techno tent and from that moment my electronic music preference completely changed. I never before felt so much euphoria and energy for music. I felt completely connected to the music and ever since I have known that dance music is not only a passion but a way of life. I needed nothing more. Music made me happy.
What have you been doing with your time in lockdown in your city or country?
Unfortunately due to Coronavirus I had to return home from living in Amsterdam, where I was an audio engineer in multiple nightclubs around the city. I returned to the British countryside on the outskirts of Leeds, UK. Meanwhile, I have been completing a lot of music in my home studio (where my creativity excels and I get my best work done). Lockdown has allowed me to take some time for myself and self-reflection. I have been able to set new revised objectives for Inflect/DaVaK and to be focused completely on the up-and-coming releases for the label and all the responsibilities that come with it. I have been preparing several mixes for various outlets, including live streams and radio show guest mixes for Melodic Distraction and Vitus Audio. Additionally, I have tried keeping active and healthy, with a new obsession for running and, as always, football.
How do you assess the trajectory you have had and what were the reasons that led you to start it?
With this being Inflect’s debut EP the trajectory has been steady but slowly growing each day with more and more content, be that releases or mixes coming out most days. We are constantly networking and building relationships with inspirational figures within the scene on a weekly basis. The hard work we have invested in Inflect and the brand is beginning to surface and grow. We hope to become a respected label for the future!
What was your criterion when producing your last EP?
I, Davak, have always admired the Acid sound from a very early age. I love how organic analog hardware sounds, the texture it gives and how raw the tones are! With this EP being based around the nighttime and the goddess of the night being ‘Nyx’, I found it fitting to create as many sounds from outboard gear as possible so as to create eerie and more sinister textures. During lockdown I have been discovering and enjoying a lot of worldwide electronica pieces using traditional South American/Africian instrumentation such as ‘congas’. I felt it fitting to express my quarantine pallet in my work, to showcase my mood and what I was digging at that time.
Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of, and that we can see on your Soundcloud or on YouTube?
Kipras and I had the honour to start our very own monthly radio show on the independent radio station Melodic Distraction, in Liverpool. This was our second show, which we put on Soundcloud following the live airing. This was truly a proud moment for myself and Inflect. Radio has always been special to me, from listening from a young age, thanks to my parents.
What can you tell us about the scene of your city? What would you improve?
The UK music scene is in a state of disarray in the present day! It is not what it once was, a haven of underground music and non-stop parties. Leeds has been home to the famous Mint Club/Warehouse which has hosted world famous DJs, including Erik Morrillo and Nic Fancuilli. On a smaller scale in terms of capacity, but just as well known, there is ‘The Wire’, which in my opinion is the best club in the world! It is an underground dungeon which allows no sunlight. The maximum capacity is 300. There is a devilish Function one sound system and the club has hosted acts such as Roman Flugel and Jensen Interceptor, to name a few. Unfortunately a lot of the night clubs are being converted into apartment blocks. Mint Club fell victim to this fate. The Council/Government does not realise how important these establishments are to society and the economy. In fact the music industry, and particularly live performance, brings in, on average, 5.2 billion pounds (2018) a year. Just Let us Dance!
Finally, what can you tell us about your present and future projects?
Inflect have a 7-Track Various Artist Compilation album named ‘Arche’ to be released on the 25th November. Arche comes from the ancient greek word for ‘Origin.” We thought it was very fitting, this being the debut compilation. It will feature artists such as Daniel Monaco, JackWasFaster, Jaroska, Slidus and ourselves. You can expect to hear premieres very soon on platforms such as Electronic Groove, Deep House Amsterdam and Sinchi Collective. Keep an eye on our social’s for updates!
I, DaVak, am in the process of completing an EP for a Berlin based label that has not yet launched, so this is very exclusive. The Chilean duo Random Atlas are in the process of creating their very own imprint and I am to be featured as their debut EP. I can’t give too much away but this is going to be out in 2021.