05 - Steven Hill from Struggletown Records
In the podcasting world sometimes things change.
Originally I had planned to release an episode with Lags and Stu from Gallows but alas, it is not to be. Maybe next week.
All is not lost however, and in my attempts to be the most prepared man ever when it comes to…well, everything in life, I have other episodes queued up. So today I bring you an interview with DIY record label mogul Steven Hill from Struggletown Records.
If you’re a Glasgow native like me, and you’ve been involved in the local music scene for a number of years, then it’s pretty safe to say that Struggletown is something of a local success story. Their growth has been steady since they started back in 2011 and they’ve moved from releasing records for local bands to doing releases with international artists like Koji, Into It. Over It. Shook Ones and Death is Not Glamorous. There is surely much more to come.
We cover a lot of ground in the podcast, and I’m really eager for you to listen to it so I won’t give away too much here. Some key points:
- The work/life/stress balance
- The genesis of Struggletown and skateboarding
- Some of the cool bands they’ve worked with
- The biggest inspirations behind the label, like Dischord Records and the DIY ethos of hardcore punk music
- Biggest successes and failures
- Growing up around “alternative music”
And a whole bunch of bands were mentioned too: Armor for Sleep, Floorpunch, H2O, Champion, Carry On, Jimmy Eat World, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit among others.
The most heartening thing about this interview for me was how similar our musical discovery was as we grew up, and how that fed into the DIY ethos that’s present throughout all of Struggletown’s endeavours.
I enjoyed the length of this podcast and I hope you do too. Podcasting offers the listener an opportunity to spend time with a person, and in these conversations I’m just the instigator, I try my best to let the interviewee talk as much as they want for as long as they want. That way we can get to know them a little better. Sometimes that can be quite difficult to do when you’re sitting in the back of a tour van or when you’ve only been given an alloted amount of time to spend with someone. But when you get into a relaxed environment and spend a bit of time just shooting the shit with someone, that’s what really makes the conversation flow. I’m sure as I get better at this I’ll be able to make the conversation flow no matter where the interview is taking place.
I hope you enjoy it. Please take some time to check out the label and the music they offer.
Intro: Voodoo Puppets – Electric Chair Blues (used under CC licence, you can check it out here).
Shook Ones – Thin,
Wolves at Heart – More to Find,
The Sinking Feeling – Not Now.
All of those songs and more, including Steven’s own band Slowlight, can be found over on the Struggletown Records bandcamp.
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