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Highpoint Lowlife

Wonderful electronic weirdness from the esoteric London label

Some labels just have to showcase amazing underground music from artists you would have never heard of otherwise. Earnest endeavors from small, independent labels putting out music from people they love, friends of friends. With 45 releases to their name (15 released in 2009) Glasgow-to-San Francisco-to-London transplant Thorsten Sideb0ard’s Highpoint Lowlife label is one of those imprints. Esoteric electronic music from the analogue noise of Mandelbrot, through to beats from Depakote and bubbling techno and electronic from TVO/The Village Orchestra and Lake.

Dazed Digital: What labels inspired yours?
Thorsten Sideb0ard: The first label I saw evolving from nowhere was Chemikal Underground in Glasgow in the mid-90s. I didn't know them at all, but from going to shows around town and seeing them play and organise gigs, they were my first glimpse into how a label got started. Later when I was living out in San Francisco I accidentally stumbled into a Tigerbeat6 launch party. Around that time were a lot of other San Francisco-based labels such as Kit Clayton’s Orthlorng Musork and Corey Brown’s Absolutely Kosher which were all inspirational before Highpoint Lowlife got started.

DD: Do you think the new electronic labels can savour the mystique of those from the 80‘s and 90’s?
Thorsten Sideb0ard: I'm sure it won't be the same as the format of labels is different these days, however I don't doubt they will bring their own kind of excitement utilising downloads, shows and social networking. I think we're just starting to see the extent of the change that is coming, such as with cult blogs like I think that format can work equally well for electronic labels.

DD: With music digital music, are you ever scared that it’s going to get lost in the ether?
Thorsten Sideb0ard: No, quite the opposite. Even if a release doesn't receive quite as much attention as its due around release date, with digital releases the fact that they are out there in the ether, chances are it will be re-discovered if it merits the attention. Being digital makes it feel like the music discovery ecosystem flows easier with more chance of people stumbling over new artists and music.

DD: What’s next for 2010?
Thorsten Sideb0ard: First thing due out will be a 12" by Erik XVI which has remixes from Ali Renault, Hot City and Brassica, plus a digital version which also has TVO, Spatial and Gravious remixes. Got a couple of excellent albums, a hip hop album from Rare Villains and an amazing collection from Roof Light. There are also some EPs ready to go, from Production Unit, two more from 10-20 and another 7" from Brassica.