Floppy Kick is a reasonably new record label based in Hungary and is specialized in releasing records on cute looking floppy diskettes! This is good news for lobit lovers and sound lovers with a floppy fetish.
Judging from their discography they are releasing in quite a rapid and prolific pace, who is behind this label and what is this label all about?
We welcome the mysterious label owner and hope to get to know Floppy Kick a (lo)bit better.
Hi , thank you for willing to do this interview. First of all can you unveil your mysterious identity? Is my guess right that you are next to the proud label owner also an active noisician?
Hi Kai, thanks for the inquiry. I do not want to associate my real name with my music projects, but you can guess who am I 🙂 . I am currently releasing under 3 names, one of them is based on noise.
It is been a great joy to discover your Floppy Kick label, just to see a label devoted to releasing albums, compilations, singles and splits on physical floppy diskette releases truly excites me. How did you get the idea of starting this label up?
Well, I like to release music on strange formats; also I had some old diskettes at home, so just made one. I think this is an almost unused small gap between the analog and digital world, but its rarely seen as a carrying format for musical releases. Also its a kind of recycling too.
Floppy Kick has the policy of still respecting the collectors of physical releases. This makes of course the releases you have put out even more unique as the content can only be heard by the lucky few who gets their hands on these very limited run floppy’s. This brings me to the question of who are these artists/bands/projects and who are the collectors?
I was born in the 80’s so most of my friends like to collect music not just on their computer or iPod. Many of the customers are also noise musicians, but we get orders from all over this beautiful world.
A lot is possible release wise on a floppy format, but how lower the bitrate or perhaps choice of obscurer formats, the more audio can be obtained on the disk space. How did you discover the joys and benefits (if any) of lobit encoding?
Some years ago I discovered the old low-bitrate labels like the 20kbps Records, Biodata or Northamericanhardcore and liked the concept and the feeling of the releases very much. Even some of them used strange formats (as tracker’s own) I was excited about how can I play them on my configuration. The lobit encoding is like a challenge to musicians and producers, they have to sound good in a smaller space. Also the limited possibilities are better at mobilizing the creative energies, just like the deadlines.
Next to mp3 & ogg, is Floppy Kick also welcome for other formats?
Just released a video on the budget series, so nothing is impossible
We prefer those 2 formats just because if somebody downloads them, almost all the smartphones or pocket devices can play these.
Yeah I Know It Sucks reviewed your massive first label sampler. A floppy Diskette filled with 16 different acts/bands that was totally blowing the mind away. Sometimes even literally with its forceful noise attacks at the end! You appear to be collecting new artist for another compilation, will this turn into a continuous compilation series? And if someone is reading this and wants to join the artist lineup, what are the requirements? Are there specific genre’s that you are searching for?
I hope I can continue this compilation as a series, so submissions are always welcome. If you want to send something, use the mp3 or ogg format and fit into 100 kbytes. I even accept mono recordings, but it needs to be exclusive so no previous downloads or re-releases please. The label has no borders, if it meets the concept, you will be definitely there. First and foremost I am looking for experimental music and improvisative, noise-related sounds, including industrial, (dark)ambient, power electronics, drone, abstract, hnw, even grindcore but anything you can imagine.
It looks like Floppy Kick has really nice concepts going on. Next to the surprising compilation, it also actively seeks music makers of all the American states, Europe and Asia for special themed floppy compilations. Can you tell us a bit about that? What are you searching for or trying to achieve?
It is simple, I never came across a geography- or country-based experimental collection, I think it would be nice to catch these artist is one release. I am really curious about that these areas has different and characteristic sounds, looks like a research for a proof I hope that the label somehow can represent them , even if these releases would be a very thin slice of the cake.
The floppy splits with two artists join their forces on one singular floppy disk is also something to be very enthusiastic about. The split between mhz_ and жертва талидомида left a long lasting impression, as it was truly a unique release sound-wise. Some of those releases are filled with tracks, some of them come across as more singles that are fit together. Do you have a favorite among them? And can you explain why this one is special to you and should be heard by others?
It is very hard to choose one, but maybe the Chibre / Trou split is the closest to my personal taste. They are at the edge of the industrial, droning noise and hnw, filled with interesting sounds, but still pleasant to the ears and both long enough
Floppy Kick has a ‘budget’ floppy diskette series. What does this mean? Are these ‘budget’ releases only obtainable by ordering another release or is lose ordering also possible?
Not the quality of the sounds are weak as most of the people think.
When I got the material for the first minialbum from Brztot, I couldn’t stop listening to it. I should keep a copy to myself
The non-existing “design” and recycling allows me to sell them so cheap.
You can purchase them with other releases only, but lose ordering will be also possible after the 10th release and with a discount of course.
You have next to the floppy releases also other merchandise available?
DIY stickers only, but thinking about some other goods like a beer mug, clothing or something else.
I hope I can finish the planned compilations and more, but I do not expect anything serious, infinite thanks to the supporters who are keeping it alive!
Thank you so much mysterious label owner, for taking the time to answer all these questions. Do you have any last words, or a shout out or something to end with?
Thank you very much for the interview!
How low can you go? Send me the answer as attachment;)
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