26 Feb 2018
Gig Soup interview Rocket
Following on from our Loud and Quiet and Echoes and Dust reviews, the lovely people at Gig Soup also asked us some questions:
Rocket Recordings is celebrating its twentieth birthday this year, and to mark the occasion they will be hosting an unmissable three day weekender at The Garage in London at the beginning of March. Since the release of their first 7″ two decades ago Rocket has grown become arguably Britain’s finest underground label, releasing quality music by boundary pushing artists such as Goat, Gnod, Josefin Öhrn, Teeth of the Sea, Hey Colossus, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and many more. GIGsoup recently spoke to label co-founder Chris Reeder about the history of the label, the upcoming twentieth birthday weekender and what we can expect from to hear from it in the near future.
Can you tell us about how the formation of Rocket Recordings?
Well, I always thought the original idea for Rocket’s first release came to myself and good friend Simon Healey at a The Heads/Lillydamwhite show at the Louisiana in Bristol, that is what I have always said in interviews. But Gareth from Lillydamwhite (now Anthroprophh and Kuro) has said that is wrong and in fact it was at a Lillydamwhite show at the Ropewalk in Bristol that the idea of a single was birthed and Wayne from The Heads was there too and he suggested making it a The Heads/Lillydamwhite split 7″… Then a couple of months later The Heads/Lillydamwhite show at the Louisiana happened. Then it must of been six to eight months or so later in March 1998 that single was released. Then six months after that my school friend (and the person who introduced me to Simon) John O’Carroll joined Rocket so there was three of us running it for the first ten years, then Simon left and it has just been John and myself the last ten.
Did you go into it with any guiding philosophy? If so, has that changed or evolved over the years? ...
Read the rest of the interview here: Gigsoup