Labels of Love: Restless Natives
January 2004 in Edinburgh
DJ Kryptik, DJ Samurai, DC Breaks and Mazzini (pictured)
DJ Kid, aka Peter Symington
In a nutshell
Created and controlled by Scotland’s most vehement drum & bass ambassador, Restless Natives Records is yet another platform for Symington to launch himself into territories beyond his own borders.
Releases are few and far between, no?
With only nine records over the past six years, it would be fair to say that production output levels sit lower than the norm, especially with the digital era having sent the industry into overload. But the focus is on the product, not the volume and Symington would claim that he was right to play the waiting game when it comes to hitting the ‘release’ button on a new artist.
Has the theory worked in practice?
See DC Breaks, the production duo signed up by Symington in 2006. After releasing on Restless Natives, DC Breaks were quickly snapped up by Andy C’s Frequency Recordings and have seen their profile continue to rise over the past few years. It’s the kind of talent nurturing that independent labels rely on, but you also need a few favours from friends in the right places. Symington has enjoyed support from many of the key players within the D&B scene, including Radio 1’s Fabio and Grooverider who have given tracks precious airplay and the massive exposure that comes with it.
And if we needed any further convincing?
Years spent in front of a writhing dancefloor as resident DJ for legendary club night Manga, have no doubt helped Symington to hone his ear for a good track. The club was a bastion of bass for Scotland during its 12 year reign and devotees still rhapsodise about their favourite night when piecing together halcyon fragments from the past. Those experiences might be confined to the memory bank but Symington is hoping his senses for selection still serve him well when it comes to his label, with new signing, the house and electro producer Mazzini coming up with the labels 10th release (and Mazzini’s debut) out later this month.
Restless Natives releases are available at www.nu-urbanmusic.co.uk