Hivern turns ten

The Catalan Way

Hivern Discs is about to celebrate its 10th-anniversary party, set on September 10th at Vila Habana, in Castellbisbal, a location near Barcelona (Catalonia/Spain.) The event calls followers to join in a journey set, from 4 pm September 10th to 6 am September 11th.
The bill is under the imprint’s boss control, John Talabot, who invites a diversified bunch of friends and colleagues like Ben UFO, Daniel Baughman, Inga Mauer, Aleksi Perälä, Benedikt Frey, including artists who debuted on the label like Cleveland. Also takes those who are in the sound taste of the imprint like Romanian duo Khidja or under the headquarters’ attention as Dutch producer Oceanic, French The Pilotwings or Japanese artist Sapphire Slows. The traced historical background comes from local associates who were the early core for the label’s roster and its growing, from Mistakes Are OK (Franc Sayol) and C.P.I. (Hugo Capablanca + Marc Piñol) to the latest JMII, among others.

This line-up belongs to the spirit that decided Oriol Riverola (John Talabot), Salva Coromina and Franc Sayol to create Hivern Disc in Barcelona back in 2008. Do their own. First for patting themselves on an excellent job along a decade. If there is no intention for that, I’ll do it sincerely for them. Focus now. Primary, they began this ten years run to give support to the local talent. It was a decision made out of personalism. A label created by an individualities’ will to get along but not moving with the program. The fact is that, at the time, there was no program at all. With a tremendous lack of media support, enabled to consider electronic music as a cultural movement, it rested as an atomized and dispersed appeal available only for a few, a bunch of rare and uncontrollable beautiful ones. They were jumping from Nitsa/Apolo to Razzmatazz and dug in through numbered of import record stores in Barcelona, purchasing wax on the Internet and concentrating year after year at Sonar or the starting Primavera Sound. Those who built these prestigious festivals now were also individuals who pushed forward against all the odds. All of them went the Catalan way. Growing flowers out of stones.

In 2008, out of Razzmatazz‘s DJ booth, Oriol Riverola took his first moniker as D.A.R.Y.L. and released “FlorDance,” the first Hivern Discs reference, a 12-inches accompanied by his fellow at the decks, MouseUp (Salva Coromina), on a complementing B-Side. The first label’s compilation, “Hivern a L’Estiu,” came out ten years ago with the same names but with a first track signed by John Talabot. This artistic name was on the radar’s attention since “Sunshine.” Permanent Vacation put out his “Afrika” in May 2009, and the reactive to fixed forms Munich label opened up his space for debuting full-length album “ƒIN,” a personal catapult as demanded remix artist who turned to international recognition with his contribution to DJ Kicks series in 2013. John Talabot was inventive, kaleidoscopic, going in from dark tropical to African percussive in diaphanous synth lines, and his house enriched in Balearic mode. By the way, as John Talabot going to the crest of success Hivern Discs released a consistent amount of local acts, from Pional to Marc Piñol, Aster, Kresy, Eduardo de la Calle, Olde Gods and so on. Of course, Hivern Discs approached Red Axes for the Eastern moods as well as John Talabot had something to do with Axel Boman in Talaboman act, same DJ Koze related to Studio Barnhus. They share an attitude.

Hivern Discs has fed primarily on Anglo-Saxon and German electronic musical tradition, but let their hearts devoting most of its work to nappy digestion of effluent dreams, or was it soulful work (‘ànima,’ in Catalan)?… They looked out further from any border and trespassed them all. However, behind that apparent decision of celebrating the tenth anniversary, I would like to dedicate the place they were born in and be proud of what it means. These guys are from Catalonia, a real hub on diversification from trends and tendencies, in a confluence of geographical and cultural blessings. They are full-time on a Mediterranean state of mind. I mean, ask Dj Koze for the effects of an Espelt (winegrowers in Empordà) red wine bottle, and the view of a little village in Costa Brava for morphing different shores on his album “Amygdala” (Pampa, 2013). If I am too exogen, specific or personal, let’s put it another way. In musical terms, the Mediterranean Sea (a way to see) set the epithet ‘Balearic‘ to the standard, out of the rule. A lot of comes and goes in trading; a sea sailed on adventures since the first words became history. Always in the sense of beauty.

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The Hellenic touch is in the Hivern Discs‘ logo, created by Arnau Pi, graphic designer, and art director for the label. A Greek Bust, as individual as the capital H (for Hivern) working as factions. Moreover, the ‘H‘ has many faces. Because of Hivern Discs have many flexions, and complexions, as much diverse and unique as the appealing of a one musical moment: taste. No imprint sound to enforce, but captivating artists that work out of the norm, deserving an exclusive cover art. Hivern Discs is for followers. Let’s celebrate it!