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Full Time Hobby confirms anniversary compilation and shows

By | Published on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Full Time Hobby 10

The staff at London independent Full Time Hobby are celebrating the label’s tenth anniversary year with a special mix LP aggregating a list of ‘greatest hits’ by FTH signings like White Denim, School Of Seven Bells, Pinkunoizu and Autolux.

Meanwhile the also Full Time Hobby-affiliated Timber Timbre, Tunng, Erland & The Carnival, The Leisure Society and Smoke Fairies will all headline a series of celebratory live dates later this year. Taking place at the Southbank Centre from 14 and 19 Oct, the shows are dedicated to late School Of Seven Bells singer-songwriter Benjamin Curtis, who died of cancer last year. Find listings and links to get tickets via this link.

Moving back to the compilation, it’s over to Nigel Adams, who first made Full Time Hobby his, um, full time hobby in 2004, along with his colleague Wez, to explain why the LP’s title, ‘What The Hell Are You Doing?’, is what it is.

“It’s something that has probably been asked of anyone starting an independent label over the last ten years”, he says. “Certainly there has never been a less financially rewarding or glamorous time to launch a label as the music industry continues to barrel on into the unknown, but for most of us doing it, running an independent label is still the most rewarding, challenging and enjoyable role we could be in”.

World-wise (and slightly world-weary) words there from Nigel.

Check a taster mix of six ‘What The Hell?’ tracks (and yeah, that’s a tailor-made David Shrigley drawing) right now:

And, hey, here’s a playlist Nigel Adams made for us back in 2010, featuring some of his favourite non-Full Time Hobby music. Have a listen to that too.