This month we take a look at Pussyfoot Records. Founded in 1993 by DJ, Artist and Producer Howie B and Business partner Nick Young in response to the lack of musical diversity seen in other record labels.
Pussyfoot was notorious for its compilation albums, curated choices on a set theme that featured members of the Pussyfoot alumni and friends, family and lovers.
- What prompted you to start the label?
I’d been writing all this music and taking it round to different record labels who said they loved the music but there was always a “but…”. So I created a record label where I would have creative control and I could put out the kind of music I loved making and listening to, without any “but…”.
- What has been your proudest moment of the label so far?
Signing our first artist Spacer, AKA Luke Gordon was a very proud moment for me. Every time we sign an artist it’s a great moment for us as a label as it’s like adding to a family, a new artist to nurture. Hearing Pussyfoot tracks on the radio was pretty cool too!
- Which three to five albums would you recommend to someone who maybe doesn’t know the label and wants to start checking it out?
Spacer’s “Sensory Man” and Sie’s “Superpro-Kid” are two brilliant electronic albums that both bring in a lot of other genres and influences which is the backbone of what Pussyfoot is about. And two of our signature Pussyfoot compilations: “Fish Smell Like Cat” which was our Japanese album and “Best Foot Forward” which was our first compilation and a great introduction to the Pussyfoot Records roster.
- If money was no object, which artist(s) – past or present – would you love to sign to the label, and why?
John McLaughlin as his musicianship style and sense of groove is quite unique for a Scottish man. David Byrne as he’s an amazing songwriter and performer. Also, I can’t leave out Brian Eno who I can only describe as a beautiful sound sculptor.
- If you had one piece of advice for someone wanting to start a label, what would it be?
Know your weaknesses and strengths, there is no point trying to do it all on your own. Luckily I’ve had Nick Young as a business partner from the start who is excellent at the business side of things. Finding a great distributor is also key. I’d also recommend building a roster of interesting artists and creatives who you can call on. Build great relationships and always pay your creatives!
Republic of Music would like to thank Howie B from Pussyfoot. It’s great to work with such talented and inspiring people.