It is with great sadness that we have to say farewell to our dear friends at Smallfish. At the end of January, this great supplier of all things small and beautiful will be closing its doors finally.  I can’t ever proclaim that I was “there from the beginning”, but in the short space of time that  I have known and worked with Mike Oliver, and Simon , and formerly Jurgen..I have not only developed a good working relationship, but also a very good friend in Mike.

From the release of my Level CD, Cycla, Mike has been an avid supporter and promoter of my work, and has always done his utmost to push sales, and help to put me on the map in the minimalism scene. I , and many many others must surely owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his hard work, and passionate enthusiasm for the marginalised genres in the electronica and minimalism scenes, and he has been an important access point for many of us..pushing artists and labels together, encouraging, networking, and in the main, being one of the friendliest and un affected people working in music. I hope that you will all (labels, artists, shops, distributors, promoters)  make an effort to thank him for his work on your behalf over the years, and wish Mike, Simon and Nick the very best in their future endeavours. You will be sorely missed, and your presence will leave a massive chasm in the UK network. I hope that the Smallfish label continues to thrive, and that our friendship and mutual support will be undiminished. A sad loss indeed, but thank you so much for everything you have done. Survive and thrive, Smallfish, R.I.P.

Baz Nichols – Level – FOURM – WHITE_LINE


About whiteline1

WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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