As you may know, I’m a big fan of netlabels and the netlabel community, so much so that majority of my back catalog has been released on these labels. I’m also a netlabel collector and have been for many years.
The unfortunate thing about netlabels is that a lot of them don’t last long…
While collecting all of the content from these inactive netlabels, I noticed that most of them no longer have a proper home online. If you don’t know the right places to search for the content, they’re not easy to find. Some netlabels only hosted their content on their personal website(s). So when these site(s) disappear, all the content is lost. Luckily, the Internet Archive has the Wayback Machine where you can access various webpages from different points in time. So, we still have access to the old sites, however, most of the actual content from these releases have not been saved. So it seems that all these inactive netlabels have been lost and forgotten about, and I was getting fed up with them disappearing.
So, last fall, I decided to do something about this. I started to gather a handful of inactive netlabels together, saving every piece of information I could find for each release keeping everything in its original form. Also, there were a lot of releases during the ’90s and early ’00s that were module/tracker files. These releases get converted to CD quality and MP3 audio files for easier consumption. Then, I started uploading everything to the Internet Archive.
Thus, the Netlabel Archive was born, a website dedicated to preserving inactive netlabels that no longer have a home online. The site was officially launched on April 13 with Monotonik, and Voodoo being the first netlabels to be archived on the site. Many more netlabels have been added since the launch.
I’m super excited to share this with you all and I hope you enjoy the music that you discover. 🙂
-Zach (2016/05/03, Updated 2017/12/13)