“Services that make an interesting offer even for ourselves as users or listeners and that try to treat rightholders correctly like spotify, rdio, deezer etc are a good thing and important new additions to our culture.”
Following our review for the latest great album by Múm “Smilewound”, we’ve had a talk with the founder of Morr Music, Thomas Morr.
Q: What are your earliest memories of Morr Music and what drove you to start a music label?
A: I just liked a couple bands that haven’t had a label those days and my feeling was I would have something to add to this new genre between electronic and band music that was just about to form.
Q: How does Morr Music connect to “ANOST” and “Sound Of A Handshake” and what purpose does these two labels fulfil (ANOST and Sound Of A Handshake)?
A: ANOST always was our 7″/Singles Label, Handshake was the place for non regular albums, sideprojects and sometimes simply a service for artist friends that we wanted to help. We’ve sometimes back in the day tried to describe it that way.
ANOST. Two songs, sometimes three. The beginning of A Number Of Small Things – the seven-inch-series of the morr music family – was a promise on loan: A wonderful song by the splendid band Múm: “There’s a number of small things”. The fewest of the ANOST-releases are taken directly from a Morr Music album or even the production process of a Morr Music album. They are independent short-stories or tell of a passion for someone else’s songs. A big deal after all.
The Sound of a Handshake, a soft, friendly noise. A handshake comes at the end of deals of those who part as friends. Shake your hands and say yeah, so to speak. A gesture of familiarity. The Sound of a Handshake is Morr Music’s little, curious sister. It will care for little, curious sound-carriers. Care for the projects – not only from Morr Music – done on the side, in-between and in addition to others. One could name The Sound of a Handshake – equally as the go-getting seven-inch-series A Number Of Small Things – a free-section. The Sound of a Handshake is worth keeping your ears wide open. I give you my hand on that.
Q: What’s your opinion about online music services (Spotify, Last.fm, Rdio etc.) and did they prove to be any help to you?
A: Honestly i don’t think that’s the question. We’ve been facing quite some ugly aspects about music piracy, huge cultural changes and a global economic crisis and it’s effects on all types of infrastructure of the ‘music industry’ in the past years, so for me all services that help us and our artists to adjust to those new times, services that make an interesting offer even for ourselves as users or listeners and that try to treat rightholders correctly like spotify, rdio, deezer etc are a good thing and important new additions to our culture. I as a passionate vinyl buyer learned to love the combination from both worlds, which doesn’t mean it’s a easy to calculate budgets for records of new bands under those new circumstances that we cannot change. I’m not sure about online services like last.fm etc that act in a grey zone.
Q: If someone is to visit Berlin, which live music bars would you suggest?
A: Always depends on the shows! With festsaal kreuzberg, one of my favorite places burned down last year!
Q: If I’m not mistaken, you celebrate your 15th year in 2014. What are your future plans and releases?
A: Early 2014 we’re going to have new albums by The Go Find, Fenster, Orcas, Ms. John Soda and EPs by Sin Fang and Soley.