To say we’re excited about this new guestmix instalment is an understatement. We’ve been fans of zees Germans since we started the blog all those years ago and we’ve finally locked them down for an exclusive mix and an interview ahead of their new compilation ‘Permanent Vacation Selected Label Works Vol.4’.
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1) So how did you guys meet, what’s your history?
Tom and I started the label during the tropical summer in 2006 in Munich. The first time Tom and I were in contact was when Tom was working at Compost Records and I was compiling a compilation for them, which Tom was taking care of. After that Tom became a regular customer at my record shop, I used to run back then. Soon we realised we have the complete same taste in music and since we both had individually the idea of running a label it felt natural to do it together. Our first release was the compilation “Permanent Vacation“, which was luckily very well received and encouraged us to go on. With Electro clash and Minimal being very popular we were going a bit through a musical lean period at that time, so when Balearic and Cosmic (which was quite popular in Munich at the beginning of the 90’s ) we felt very happy and excited about it and tried to create our own vision out of it.
2) Was there a defining moment where you thought… let’s start a record label?
I guess there was not really just one moment where we thought let’s start a label. It was more a natural process that grew in our heads for a longer period of time and at some point it just felt right to get things going.
3) Having spanned over 100 releases, would you say the ethos behind the label has changed over time? or are the beliefs you had at the outset still the main motivators for your output today?
The ethos probably is, as stupid as this may sounds, to release only music we believe in. And this was and hopefully will ever be the ethos. Of course we learned some things along the way (which was not difficult for me , because I knew nothing about running a label), but I think it’s important to bring your work to question from time to time. To avoid a dangerous routine.
4) What do you believe the biggest challenges record labels are facing today? What do you think can be done to overcome these obstacles?
Oh there is a big variety of challenges :( and they are changing constantly. If it was the vinyl sales drops a couple of years ago, illegal downloads (although I don’t know if this really was a problem ) or the mass of releases that flood the market. And it seems that everyday there is a new service popping up that “helps” you to promote or sell your releases. But the core of the label work hasn’t changed that much over the years, which is finding artists and music that excites you and release it in the best possible way, although the way how to find the music of course has changed massively. I remember finding a promo sheet of Eye Q records, that was saying if you want to contact us please call us on Tuesdays from 15:00- 18:00. Amazing how things were so much easier and so much more complicated at the same time.
5) How did you settle on the name Permanent Vacation? is there a symbolic meaning behind the name?
The name Permanent Vacation comes actually from the Jim Jarmush movie with the same title. When we started the label we were (and kind still are) heavily influenced by the bubbling Balearic and Cosmic scene and so we just thought “ Permanent Vacation “ just really fits to the music and it’s just a nice utopia.
Hard to tell. It’s probably very subjective. Usually we look for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The solution to the demo problem is, we don’t listen to them ;) most of the time I just read the email and from it you usually get a good impression if you want to listen to the music or rather not. If people really put some thoughts into their mail and why their music may be a good fit for Permanent Vacation I really appreciate it. More than your usual mail: “Hey! Listen to my new deep house track. I think it fits perfectly” and in the header you can see the email addresses of 30 labels!
7) This is now your fourth compilation of PV material. What does the future hold for PV? Do you anticipate another 100 releases?
Yeah sure. We’ve not run out of ideas yet. As long as it is still fun and we have the feeling people enjoy our music there is no reason to stop.
Long may you carry on then!
Permanent Vacation – Selected Label Works Vol.4 is out on the 15th November… Pre-order it on Juno now.
Interview by Ken Gow.
01 Roisin Murphy – Simulation
02 Tensnake – Need Your Lovin (Tiger & Woods Remix)
03 Parallel Dance Ensemble – Shopping Cart (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix)
04 John Talabot feat. Pional – Destiny (Rave Dub Version)
05 Arto Mwambé – Ombala Mbembo
06 Disco Doubles featuring D’mia – Demons (Darshan Jesrani Spit-Roast Mix)
07 Wolfram – Thing Called Love feat. Haddaway (Legowelt Special Remix Dub)
08 Mano Le Tough – Everything You’ve Done Before (Dixon Remix)
09 John Talabot – When The Past Was Present (Pachanga Boys Purple Remix)
10 Pollyester – Voices (Baris K Remix)
11 Parallel Dance Ensemble – Occupied (Maxmillion Dunbar Remix)
01 Bobby Bell – Art in Veins
02 Pollyester – Voices (Pional Remix)
03 Bostro Pesopeo – Cheer Up
04 Bostro Pesopeo & Pional – Yes
05 Mano Le Tough – Primative People (Tale Of Us Remix)
06 Roisin Murphy – Simulation (Mano Le Tough Remix)
07 Jacob Mikesh Filburt – Philipp Dolphia
08 Chateau Flight – La Pregunta (Beau Dub Version)
09 Mano Le Tough – Mountains
10 The Drifter – Day And Night
11 John Talabot feat. Pional – So Will Be Now
12 Woolfy vs Projections – Set Me Loose (El_Txef_A Remix)
Guestmix artwork by Andy Gilmore