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Buzzin Fly to cease releasing new material

By | Published on Tuesday 12 March 2013

Buzzin Fly

Buzzin Fly, the label founded by Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt, is to scale back its operations and cease releasing new music, existing only to manage the back catalogue the label has built up over the last decade. The company’s Strange Feeling Records imprint will continue to put out records by Watt’s former EBTG partner Tracey Thorn.

Announcing the decision, Watt said: “I loved every minute, but all good things come to an end. It simply feels like the right moment. Buzzin Fly was born out of my commitment to the culture of DJing and helping young artists, but these days I am edging away from it towards other challenges – a new book I’m writing, research for another one, and a long-planned solo music project. At heart I have always been a creative person – whether as a writer or musician – as opposed to a business person, and after ten years in clubs and in the office I need time again to focus fully on my own stuff rather than other people’s”.

He continued: “It feels appropriate to stop now in our tenth year and leave the label with, I hope, a strong reputation for what it has managed to achieve, rather than to continue with a muted presence. Someone asked why I couldn’t hand over the reins to someone else, but I don’t think it would ever have been the same. In the meantime, I hope my ongoing show for BBC 6music’s 6Mix can still be a distilled showcase for some of the great music I come across. You never know, there might even be another imprint one day”.

To mark the label’s scaling back, it will digitally release five label retrospectives over the course of this year, the first, ‘Buzzin Fly Anthology: Volume 1, 2003-2004’, on 22 Apr. Further releases, each comprising two years in the label’s history, will be released on a monthly basis until September. A series of vinyl releases and a book of the label’s artwork are also planned.

Meanwhile, the label’s first ever release, Watt’s own ‘Lone Cat’, is available to download for free for a limited time here: