EQX Records: A Retrospective
After 10 years of music, 50 releases from artists worldwide, Berlin’s legendary organic/electronic label: Equinox Records, closes their doors. Founded by DJ Scientist in 2002, Equinox became known as a forward thinking music brand with illustrious design and art. It’s truly sad for me to be sharing this news, but I am also extremely proud to have been a part of the EQX family.
I thought I’d share a little bit of my personal story/relation to EQX; here goes:
I first joined Equinox Records shortly after the indie release of PostModern Eros in 2006-2007. An old-fashioned story, I sent a physical demo to Berlin (back when I just went by ‘Vangel’), they liked my shit, and shortly after my first vinyl feature appeared on the One Year & A Day: A Sound Exposure Vol. 2 Series alongside Free the Robots, 2econd Class Citizen, Geste, the Peddlers, & more.
In 2008 the Limited BoxSet 5inch Files Series were released, and featured songs by B-Ju, J. Baracuz, DJ Scientist, & more. I’ve never had as much demand to buy anything than these. Collectors and audiophiles from worldwide who didn’t even give a f**k what was on the 5inch records, were making steep offers. The 5inch is King.
In 2009, Equinox Digital & 5&1/4 Records team up to release the Biblio EP, a hybrid-jazz affair. The err turned amazing marketing genious of having 2 completely different covers for the same EP is underrated.
In 2011, with DJ Scientist as Executive Producer, I shared my debut full-length, Breadth Control. White Vinyl, CD & Digital, stellar art & design, great videos by PistolTrixx and Primitive Replica, and a special release show in Toronto w visuals by MixMotion; the release made me proud to be in such great company with such talented people.
I was lucky to also do some Remixes for Equinox, including a Ceschi Remix featured on 10inch picture disc, and Remix of 2econd Class Citizen alongside TheRaincoatman for the 25th Boxset.
My final release with Equinox was the V/A Counter Future – A Sound Exposure Vol. 3; “I Heard You Sing“, the last song on the 50th and final release.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dj Scientist for picking me up, believing in me, and supporting in my artistic musical ventures over the past 5 years. The distance between Toronto and Berlin is wide, but the gap was closed ever so slightly by the passion and efforts of Equinox label head & team. I also want to thank all Equinox artists and fans for all their support, in particular Andreikelos, 2econdClassCitizen, Simon S., DEAD Magazine, Thorsten Breyer, and many others I forget right now.
As a special treat, until Thurs, Sept 5th, Equinox is offering FREE DOWNLOADS of the Breadth Control LP on their bandcamp. Enjoy.
I have no doubts that the mark of Equinox will not be quickly forgotten.
- David Vangel