After a few stop-start attempts on a Native Instruments Maschine Mikro, it was on a sick day from work that Anz made the first track on her Soundcloud page “for my 13 followers” – no days off, remember. “It was like an R&G thing with some harmonies,” she remembers. “I left it on there for two or three years! I still really, to my memory, like it! I could even sample it.”
But Lea has stepped up, and is now providing a solid, independent alternative himself.
This artist-led approach has encouraged each member of the Local Action family to develop a distinct identity, while Lea is obviously willing to take more of what some might call risks. Case in point: Local Action has put out 16 long-players in just nine years. “They seem like a big deal until you do one,” says Lea. He muses on recurring problem of dance music albums often ending up “disappointing” or “completely overblown”.
The end result is an imprint that can support both huge pop acts and remain one of the most exciting outlets in underground club culture, putting on tiny sweaty events in Deptford while hitting hundreds of thousands of Spotify plays. While most labels aim to build a recognisable brand, Lea says, “I get more these days out of actually providing a proper, professional, financially-viable infrastructure that an artist can grow within and see the benefits of...
Lena Raine 'Trance State'
DAWN 'new breed'
Anz 'Round 2 (Instrumental)'
Sim Hutchins '(Won’t) Find Love in the Club'
India Jordan 'Bulbasaur Shuffle'
India Jordan 'DNT STP MY LV'
Anz 'Helps Your Two Hips Move'
Finn 'Friends & Lovers'
India Jordan 'Warper'
Anz 'No Harm'
Finn 'Do What You Want Forever'
Yamaneko 'Fall Control'
Lena Raine 'A Chance to Rest'