Andy (Everydayhate) Interview
Everydayhate is a extreme metal label from Krakow, Poland. I first met Everydayhate boss Andy at Gore Galore, a grindcore festival in Wroclaw in 2009. After that we kept meeting at concerts in other parts of Poland. We lost contact after I moved to India in 2011 however we reconnected a few months ago.
Andy has been running the label for over a decade now and is still going strong. This year he has put out some awesome releases from bands like Fredag den 13:e and Mindflair. I spoke to Andy about running a metal label, the changes he has noticed in the past decade and also upcoming releases from his label.
Hi Andy, you have been running Everydayhate for over decade. How does it feel looking back?
Andy: Hey Peter, it’s fuckin’ awesome, especially when people that I’ve met 6 years ago or more are coming back to me with some nice questions. I remember we had a great time at Gore Galore festival in Wroclaw, are you going to visit Poland anytime soon? I feel like I’ve done a lot of good things for bands, I had some fuck ups too, but the most important thing is that I have many more things to do in next decade, I have so many ideas.
How did you decide to start a label? Why did you decide to start a label that releases only extreme metal music?
Andy: Everything started when I was 11 and as a typical metal kid I got a special gift from my father. He gave me a goat head taken from our neighbour. He brought it secretly because he didn’t want my mom to see that ahahhahaha, so with this kind of support you had only one way ahahhahah At the beginning I started fanzine, then I started releasing tapes, booking shows… so label was the next step for me. Supporting the bands, meeting friends and getting new ones is fun. Why is it only extreme music?, because I dont give a fuck about other kinds of music, I want to focus on most important genre to me, and it’s grindcore and it’s extreme. I just enjoy it.
Your first release was Carnal Diafragma / Pulmonary Fibrosis split in 2003. How did that happen?
Andy: I start travelling to Czech Republic in the beginning of 2000 very often. At one of the OEF’s edition I met Obstik/ 6MAS and I already knew Michal from Cerebral Turbulency/ Khaaranus production. They all were good friends of Carnal Diafragma fellas, I met Kamien, its old drummer and we became good friends too. We were hanging out together in Ostrava every summer for few years and he got along with Gulliaume from Pulmonay Fibrosis, who I knew already through tape trading. In the past I made a split tape and T-Shirts limited to 20 copies for Pulmonary Fibrosis, so we knew each other very well and idea for the split just came naturally. It was supercool split that time, if I could change one thing now, I would make better promotion.
What have been the most memorable releases on your label so far?
Andy: There are few meaningful releases. I had good time with Mesrine on their first European tour and we made a split with Polish Epitome afterwards. I’ve booked many shows for Neuropathia in the past and we hung out together very often so I released Satan owns your stereo album. I met Gerardo from Denak at OEF, we became good friends and I’m supporting Disturbance Project until now… Some of my releases have the background stories and they will stay forever in my mind. I would rather say I have memorable memories of my label and all stuff around than specific releases. Since the beginning of EveryDayHate I’ve met so many great and friendly people, this is just fuckin’ sick!
What is the biggest problem that you faced so far in running the label?
Andy: I’m one man label, so the main problem is lack of time. Doing promotion, preparing orders and trades, mailing and other stuff takes a lot of time. I’m very busy nowadays.
Do you do any marketing? If yes, what kind?
Andy: Yeah, some time ago I realized that one of the most important thing for bands is their label’s support and promotion and I started sending promos to many magazines, webzines, radio stations etc Also few weeks ago I started my own blog to interview my friends and to introduce them to the people who visit my web/ blog. I’m doing flayers, stickers, buying advertisment, I started my website and new online store… so as you can see I do the same things like other labels, nothing extraordinary.
What changes have you noticed in bands/customers in the past decade?
Andy: Beginning with the bands, I noticed one important thing, it’s much easier to start a band, but it is much harder to be noticed at the underground scene. For that reason you can notice more musicians with better skills, bands are becoming more professional. And when you become more pro, you expect to be treated seriously and you want to be released by professional label and so on. I see many people learning year-on-year, I can serve as an example ahahhahahahahha Customers are more trustful to EDH, I am very glad that interest in my releases is growing and people are supporting my label bands. Moreover, I noticed that people are more receptive to music, they’re are more open-minded nowdays.
What do you look for in a band before you sign them to your label?
Andy: This is a very difficult question. Usually I’ve worked with bands that I already knew, so this is not a typical way to sign the band for big music labels. If the situation ever changes, there are two important things to me. Firstly, I need to like the tunes, it’s hard to do any good job for the band if you just do not feel it. Secondly, the attitude, I’am of course anti-fascist, anti-sexist, anti-religion label, and I work with bands who think the same.
Have you been in a band? What instrument do you play?
Andy: Yep, I was in a band for some time, it was loud and fast grindcore group from Lublin. I had a good time those days and I have a lot of funny memories ahahahha I didn’t play any instrument.
Any advice that you have for anyone planning to start a metal music record label?
Andy: Yeah, I have one advice, dont fuckin’ do it!
What are the upcoming releases from your label?
Andy: I just got packed with new split picture 7 inch of British Desecration with Portugalese Holocausto Canibal, this is a brand new record. I’m also waiting for another 7 inch split of 2 Canadian grindcore bands: Mersine with G.O.D., I should get it quite soon. Other upcomming stuff is THE KILL- KILL THEM…ALL on 12″LP, MAGNICIDE/ PUNISHED EARTH on split 7″EP and 3″MCD, OVERVIOLENCE/ EXPURGO split 5″EP and full length of Swedish Livet Som Insats- Check Your Grind album on 12 inch LP, CD and probably tape. I want to finish all those projects before I start doing anything new, so as you can see I have a lot work to do.
Thank you very much for this interview and for supporting EDH!
Here are a few of the recent releases from Everyday Hate that you should check out
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