Future Disco have been repping the sweet sounds of disco for ten years now, and to mark out the occasion we speak with label owner, Sean Brosnan.
Future Disco have made a big dent in the industry over the past ten years. Hosting parties from London to New York, Dubai to Amsterdam. Releasing loads of quality cuts, hosting a popular radio show and selling in excess of 500,000 compilation albums. There’s no denying Future Disco’s success.
They’ve driven though their ten year milestone with a cracking party in London and by releasing another mesmerizing compilation, Technicolour Lights. A masterclass of disco featuring explosive tunes from Mylo, Kiwi and Cinthie with remixes from Jamie Jones, Kraak & Smaak and Force of Nature.
We had a chat with the brains behind it all, Sean Brosnan where we talked all things Future Disco.
Hey, how are you?
I’m very good. Thanks for asking. Just on my way back from IMS in Ibiza and it’s quite refreshing meeting up with all the people in dance music to get you motivated for the summer ahead and always nice to spend a few days on the island.
What’s got you motivated right now?
Music, music, music. Music has always has me motivated, especially new music and discovering old music. Also running record labels too, I haven’t been as excited about the music we are releasing as since I first started.
For those who don’t know, one of those labels is Future Disco which you’ve been running for 10 years now! Congratulations on the big milestone, what has been the most rewarding part from these past 10 years?
Thanks, for anyone that does any project, of any kind, reaching 10 years is an achievement. It’s a big section of my life. I think it’s always rewarding to see feedback from peers and listeners that they like the album, I had some great feedback including compilation of the week on 6 music for the latest album and it feels good when you pour your soul into the album and people like it, especially as this is the twelfth volume. I’ve always found it very rewarding to introduce people to new music and new artists too.
What has been the biggest challenge from your Future Disco times?
There’s been loads of challenges over the years but it’s all part of the journey. I mean when I started it was mainly CD, then we have gone through downloads, the boom of streaming and ironically we pressed this album to vinyl for the first time. So how people listen to the albums is constantly changing.
We have to adapt all the time and that goes for the brand too, changing up the artwork, keeping the music fresh. I guess we stay true to our name and always have an eye on the future and embrace it, rather than fight it.
You’ve released the amazing Technicolour Nights album, how did you put together the banging tracklist?
Thanks! I often get asked this and I have no set way of compiling, except that I’m constantly compiling, every day. I listen to so much music from so many sources that the album is a mix of all these people and places to create a final product. I might shazam a track when I’m out or hear a track on a mix, get a promo or buy a track. They all go into a playlist and I start to work my way down to the tracks that really matter.
I have a kind of acid test that if I can listen to the track over and over again and still love it, it can go on the album. If I start to tire of it then often I’ll leave it off. I’m constantly trying to create timeless compilations that I or anyone else can listen to in 10 years time and can still say ‘yeah this is cool, I’m still proud I put that track on there’.
Well you’re acid test works as you’ve sold over 500,000 copies of various compilation albums over the years. What in your mind makes a good compilation album?
I always loved compilations growing up, I believe great compilations are every bit as important as artist albums, in dance music anyhow. For me great compilations have timeless selections, an essence of journey in the mix and stand for a moment in time, capture a genre, a sound or a piece of culture plus iconic artwork. It’s a bit like making a cake, you need the right ingredients and quantities otherwise it doesn’t work.
You’ve also been throwing parties alongside the label, what was one party that stands out to you to this day?
We’ve done a lot of parties over the years and I’ve had some real fun meeting people all over. Space was always special, Gottwood too. Possibly the first ever party, we had Faze Action and Crazy P live at the Queen of Hoxton as it set the tone of what was to come.
Where is your favourite location to host Future Disco events?
I think the places that stand out are Berlin, London, Ibiza and New York. Future Disco just seems to feel right in those cities where the culture is being created.
If you could host a party anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?
I’m really drawn to doing something in New York again. I’ve always taken lots of influence from the city and I would love to do something quite off the wall there. But really nailing London too, you can’t beat London when you get it right.
What’s next for Future Disco?
You know, lately, I have so many goals and things I want to do, sometimes I start thinking I’m going to run out of time! I think my main goal is to keep taking creative risks, I’m really enjoying pushing the boundaries and getting out of my comfort zone. I really want to just blow people away with what we do and that’s not easy but that’s the aim.
How do you see the disco scene right now?
It’s really healthy. I think it’s probably the biggest it’s ever been in modern times. I mean Disco never goes away just ebbs and flows. I think it’s so positive that it’s recognised again on a wider level and not considered just a niche genre and also starting to shake off that sort of pastiche 70’s image.
What would be one of your all time disco favourites?
I always love T Connection ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ I first heard it in the funky room at Pacha. It was the pre mobile phone / shazam days, it took me years to find it and I honestly went into record shops and hummed the bassline, and the guy behind the counter would look at me like I was mad. Thankfully I found it but can’t remember how or where, I think I have three vinyl copies now at home.
If you could fill a swimming pool with anything, what would that be?
Probably water and go for a swim. I would quite like to have a swimming pool, might need a bigger garden though.
What are you most in love with right now?
What would you do to change the world?
I think slow down the communication and media. I mean we can all do this ourselves, but I feel like everyone is overloaded with choice, with messages, with networks, with updates, with images. Our brains are pulled in so many directions. I know I can go from Instagram to Whatsapp, to my email, to Twitter to SoundCloud, to spotify in easily under one minute. I mean we could all do with just a bit less. I think if all the social networks disappeared over night it wouldn’t be a bad thing.
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