You’ve decided to share your music with the world. Good for you! Exploring the vast expanse of labels can be daunting, which is why I’m here to help. This list is a specifically curated list of labels that majorly target the hard, booming techno prone to clubs and raves, and how to get in touch with them.
Let’s get this list started!
Demo submission: https://hd.click/suara
Suara music has been around for a long time. At one point home to artists such as Lane 8, Suara, in recent years, has pivoted to a harder, more industrial techno sound, and excels at it. Now home to acts such as Mørbeck and Coyu, Suara is a good label for those of you who want your music heard on a large platform. They’re a big label and so it’ll be harder to get a foot in the door, but worth it if you do because they have a large fanbase, website buy/play integrations, and vinyl releases. Although they don’t have the instructions anymore, Suara tends to prefer 3 or more submissions as they’re more prone to releasing EPs than singles; so send them a bunch of your best work!
Demo submission: email@example.com
Blackworks is a brand-new up-and-comer from Madrid, Spain. The advantage of this is that you’re more liable to get your music heard and put up because they’re actively searching for content. The disadvantage is that they don’t particularly have a lot of reach or engagement at the moment. If you’re looking for a place to start out, this is a good bet, but it remains to be seen whether the label can sustain long-term growth. I will say this, though: their latest releases are certified bangers. Check out Banks by Fenrick. That shit slaps.
Hydraulix/D.A.V.E. The Drummer
Demo submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hydraulix is a U.K.–based label that is run by D.A.V.E. The Drummer. Submitting to Hydraulix is essentially submitting to D.A.V.E. as it’s one of those pages where the artist and label is the same. On the plus side, acceptance means you have access to D.A.V.E. The Drummer’s fanbase, which is fairly sizeable.
Demo Submission: blackvoguerecords.label-engine.com/demos
Another up-and-comer, BlackVogue is another on the list from Spain, where hard techno is a burgeoning scene. The pros and cons listed for Blackworks are the same here, but it deserves mention that BlackVogue has less engagement that Blackworks and are not particularly active on social media. That being said, the music they put out is consistent, and odds are you can be one of them.
Demo submission: email@example.com
Dreizehn Schallplatten (Eng. 13 Records) is a small German label that produces quality music with gorgeous, desolate visuals. They have a focussed social media platform, and a large number of their releases chart on Beatport, which is a compelling reason to submit to them. It deserves mention that they don’t have a lot of traction or engagement outside of Beatport, i.e., Soundcloud and YouTube; however, the quality of their music and branding is high.
Demo submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dolma Records has an exhaustive list of top-tier hard techno producers, with their latest release being Hell Driver’s The Dark Mothership album. They’re a small to mid-range label with consistent quality, even if they are low on engagement. Plus, they sell vinyls.
Lets Techno Records
Demo submission: email@example.com
Definitely on the smaller side of things, Lets Techno Records is definitely for those of you looking to get into the scene. Their tracks have charted on Beatport and their roster is fairly small, which gives you a fighting chance. Something that may interest you though would be that they release only cut versions on their YouTube and Soundcloud, and save the full tracks for the paying customers on Beatport… which is an interesting choice in this day and age.
That wraps up this list! Sound off in the comments if you have other recommendations!