Lio and Kay Kanine launched their label with the celebrated compilation NY: The Next Wave, and continued by initially releasing the forest whispers and hazy grooves of Grizzly Bear. The Williamsburg-based imprint has gone on to release records from The Faint and Oxford Collapse, and even Detour’s old friends Professor Murder. Here’s more from Lio and Kay on living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (“It’s really an exciting place to live”), pressing vinyl in the Czech Republic, and Danity Kane. — Thomas Rooker White
Who runs the label?
Lio and Kay, but the workload isn’t evenly split. Lio is more the face and the A&R for the label; Kay does the day-to-day. Still trying to figure out who actually runs it though.
Where is the label located? Describe your digs…
We’re located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Yes, everything you’ve heard about Williamsburg is correct, now just add a bunch of new condos. Seriously though, all the people that talk bad about it can’t possibly live here. It’s really an exciting place to live, and while the small venues are shutting down in Manhattan a bunch of new venues, some DIY, are sprouting up in our neighborhood. Which is awesome, even if they are located right next to those new condos.
We work out of the first floor of our house. Our employees include 2 dogs and a rotating cast of interns. While the interns must like dogs, we don’t make them walk them.
How did the label get its start? Its name?
We started by releasing a compilation, NY: The Next Wave — a compilation of 20, largely unsigned or newly signed artists from the NYC area.
How many releases do you issue a year, on average?
True or false: Digital downloads are okay, but 7″‘s are cooler…
TRUE. Vinyl is way cooler, it’s just expensive to produce, even when it’s pressed in the Czech Republic. But sometimes, we bite the bullet and do some. like this January, when you can check out Chairlift’s new full color jacket and white vinyl 7″.
Favorite label besides your own…
Sub Pop and Warp, because they signed artists that we had released stuff by.
Favorite record ever…
This is honestly way too hard to answer. For Lio it would definitely be some Echo and the Bunnymen. Kay is a big fan of Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis, though neither has listened to either of them in awhile.
Favorite movie ever…
Ghost Dog. It’s not actually about dogs.
Vegetarian or carnivore?
Vegetarian. People shouldn’t eat animals. We wouldn’t like it if they started eating us.
Your guiltiest pleasure. The thing no one would believe you watch, read, or listen to…
The one album Kay bought last year was Danity Kane’s self-titled debut. It’s more guilty than a pleasure. Lio doesn’t really have guilty pleasures. The closest is “Heroes” and “Prison Break,” because Monday night is probably the one night he’s not out about town.
[tags]Kanine Records, Williamsburg, Kay, Lio, Echo & The Bunnymen, Danity Kane[/tags]