Thursday, September 14, 2006

Output Recordings: 1996-2006



I've just heard the rather tragic news that Trevor 'Whatever' Jackson has decided to call it a day on his legend-in-its-own-lifetime label, Output Recordings.

In an official statement to Pitchfork, Trevor cited financial difficulties and "friends turning into monsters" (anyone who saw the full-page ad he took out in Vice etc last year will have a good idea of who that refers to..) as being among the reasons for his decision to throw in the towel. And while he gratefully acknowledged those who have supported the label over the years, it was this rather depressing sentence which really which stood out to me: "I never wanted to have all my passion and enthusiasm knocked out of me...But somehow it's happened."

You can read more here

Output Recordings was more than just a label. It was totally, daringly independent, in a climate where 'indie' usually denotes a stategic alliance with EMI (ahem). Output releases weren't just ambitious and distinctive, they were diverse (sometimes to a maddening degree...), beautifully packaged and lovingly conceived - the aesthetic of the label was one and the same as its sound.

Trevor also gave a leg-up to smaller artists and labels; I think in particular of DFA - whose classic early singles, including LCD Soundsystem's 'Losing My Edge/Beat Connection' and 'Yeah' and The Rapture's 'House of Jealous Lovers' were released in association with Output.

Colder, Black Strobe, Kate Wax, Four Tet and Mu were all contributors to the label; and in most cases Jackson picked up their work before anyone else had even had a sniff. I mean this is a label that released 'Losing My Edge' and 'Paris Hilton' - probably two of the greatest indie tunes EVER. That in itself is a worthy legacy, but there's so much more.

In a last, typical gesture, Jackson will be offering the final few Output releases for free download at their site, from October 1st. Check the sidebar for the link.

And, in the meantime, raise your glasses to ten years of Output Recordings - we may never see the likes of it again. Rest in peace; at least you went out without selling out. And Senor Jackson - good luck in whatever you now choose to do.

12 Comments:

Blogger Richard Carnage said...

Fucking hell. That certainly does suck some serious dick. Good luck to whatever you do in the future, Trev. If you're on the streets and need a sympathy gig we'll be sure to sort you out! But seriously, this is such a shame for the UK music scene. RIP Output.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous djfits said...

This is indeed terrible news. I'm curious about the ad in Vice you refer to, but I don't want to dig through old issues looking for it (reading them once is plenty).

6:24 PM  
Blogger Electrobot said...

Sad news, indeed. Output was one of my favourite labels, and Trevor is one of my favourite Producers/DJs. Last 12" bought were Lopazz - Ciegos & Kreeps - All I Wanna Do Is Break Some Hearts (Boys Noize Mix).

What`s the story behind that ad in Vice ? Now you left me curious, Mr. Soft.

9:42 PM  
Blogger rusnamrm said...

dude a really appreciate and admire all that u wright, I really do, it keeps me informed of happenings I cant get myself too, good work on u'r experience at the phonica gig, but are u ever going to post massive tunes like u've done in the past, we'll buy some if u tell us so, but give us about a dozen for inspiration, come-on, gimme, gimme, gimme...

11:25 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

How about 17 for inspiration in the post below? We'll be back posting full mp3s soon, I promise.

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Goebs said...

I wanna know about the Vice ad too, I didnt see that...

3:51 AM  
Blogger Alex Egan said...

RIP Output

:(

11:37 AM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

The Vice ad was basically a bitter page long rant against the people who'd turned their back on poor Trevor. Now, don't get me wrong, I love all things DFA - but poor Trev was left feeling a bit dejected after he helped to launch them and got no thanks, no support, and no cash money to support the label that kicked things off for LCD.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Electrobot said...

I`ve always found strange that in Trevor Jackson`s friends in My Space, nothing DFA-related appeared (except for Juan McLean)...now i know the reason.

Funny thing is, Trevor still plays DFA stuff...i guess for him, music still comes first.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Alex Egan said...

im still curious about the whole mu/tigersushi beef...anyone know why that is?

4:40 PM  
Blogger Mr Soft said...

Alex, this don't xactly answer your q, but anyway:

http://ilx.wh3rd.net/thread.php?msgid=7292452

k

4:38 PM  
Anonymous porn said...

Sad news, indeed. Output was one of my favourite labels, and Trevor is one of my favourite Producers/DJs. Last 12" bought were Lopazz - Ciegos & Kreeps - All I Wanna Do Is Break Some Hearts (Boys Noize Mix).

10:09 PM  

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