Skylax Records was started in 2004 by Hardrock Striker, a French-born producer and DJ who, through discovering electronic music in the USA, has been putting on parties and releasing records like clockwork for twenty years.
Hardrock Striker (Joseph G. Bendavid) and DJ Sprinkles (Terre Thaemlitz) have had a working relationship for the years since Joseph discovered Terre’s music back in the 00s, later re-releasing the not-so-known Routes Not Roots in 2010 to major critical acclaim, licensed from Comatonse, Terre’s queer and minor label. To celebrate Joseph’s twenty years in the business, together they’ve issued a spin on the classic compilation format as SKYLAX HOUSE EXPLOSION (or S.H.E.), an homage to the Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion alias that released Routes Not Roots to much very positive reviews.
They each took the time to answer some questions: Joseph over Skype focussing on the development of the label with characteristic enthusiasm; Terre via email speaking candidly about her state of mind in the booth, embracing her financial limitations in the face of capitalist pressures, how online documentation of music influences the act of remembrance, and still not believing the hype.
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