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Label Focus: OWSLA

In 2011 Skrillex launched his own imprint. Here’s how it became one of the world’s biggest independent dance labels

  • Sean Griffiths
  • 14 September 2016
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10 key releases selected by Skrillex

Porter Robinson 'Spitfire' EP

"Our first release on OWSLA. it came from a gut reaction that my manager Tim and I had to this music we heard from this kid Porter Robinson. Our label had no staff at the time other than our partners Kathryn Frazier and Clayton Blaha from Biz3, but we wall worked so hard to put it all together. All in all, it was a great EP which helped launch Porter’s career."

Skream 'Anticipate' EP

"I was backstage at my show in London at KOKO in 2011. I remember that night because so many influential people from London came out. Annie Mac, Muse, etc. it was a special night for all of us, my biggest solo show to date in London. At the end of the night i was hanging with Skream and he said ‘I want to give you a record for OWSLA. I wrote it about my son’s birth.’ He played me the song and it almost brought me to tears because of the lyrics and how personal they were. Not to mention growing up as a huge Skream fan, this was a huge full-circle point for me. I still listen to the song today and get the same emotional reaction."

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