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Owsla
OWSLA logo.png
Founded August 17, 2011 (2011-08-17)
Founder Sonny Moore (Skrillex)
Status Active
Distributor(s) Atlantic Records[1]
Genre
Country of origin United States
Location Los Angeles, California
Official website owsla.com

Owsla (stylized as OWSLA) is an American record label and creative collective.[6][7] It was founded by Skrillex and co-founded by Tim Smith, Kathryn Frazier, and Clayton Blaha in 2011.[8][9] Skrillex announced the label on August 17, 2011. The label's first release was Porter Robinson's Spitfire.[10]

The name "Owsla" is a reference to Richard Adams' fantasy novel Watership Down which is about a group of anthropomorphized rabbits who live in a Sandleford warren.[11]

History

In 2012, Owsla launched a monthly subscription, The Nest, with benefits including early access to Owsla releases.[12] In 2013, Bromance Records partners up with Owsla to create an American branch titled BromanceUS with releases from Gesaffelstein, Illangelo, Brodinski and LOUISAHHH!!!.[13] A year later, Owsla launched the Nestivus Charity Campaign, a series of holiday initiatives with all proceeds going to the international music nonprofit, Bridges for Music.[14]

On September 18, 2016, Owsla celebrated 5 years of establishment with a party in Los Angeles. In a video published by Owsla, Skrillex spoke about the establishment. He said "I make music 'cause I love music and it all starts from there. And I surround myself with good people that I believe in as well. I think it's important to create your family."[6] The General Manager of Owsla, Blaise DeAngelo asserted that Skrillex previously, like many other artists, had issues with record labels, implying that it caused him to create his own. Owsla was described as a label started for electronic music artists who "couldn't get good label deals or resources and support they needed."[15]

Porter Robinson's Spitfire was the label's debut release. Releases that followed, such as Zedd's Shave It, Gesaffelstein's Pursuit and What So Not's Jaguar, were described as prominent.[15] Owsla Head of A&R Chris Morris explained that "In order for an artist to be signed, there has to be that passion from the top down," asserting that it is an "artist-driven" company.[16] On May 5, 2017, Owsla released an annual compilation album, Howsla.[17] It was described by Pitchfork as a "a focused take that's largely modeled on bassline house, a style from the northern UK that's distinguished by greasy low-end melodies, hard-thwacked drums, and a slippery, skippy sense of swing."[18] Subsidiaries of Owsla include Nest HQ, a website dedicated to giving exposure to electronic music artists and Owsla Goods, a 'fashion wing'.[19]

Key people

  • Sonny Moore (Skrillex) -- founder, chief executive officer[15][12]
  • Tim Smith -- co-founder, artist manager[15][20]
  • Kathryn Frazier -- co-founder, publicist[15][20]
  • Clayton Blaha -- co-founder, director of artists and repertoire (A&R)[15][20]
  • Chris Morris -- head of A&R[16]
  • Blaise DeAngelo -- former general manager[15]

Artists

Current

Former

Releases

References

  1. ^ "Two Major Labels Reportedly In Discussions To Acquire Spinnin' Records". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Make Your Mark: Owsla- The Mothership". Relentless Beats. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Owsla Announces House-Focused Compilation Howsla, Drops Chris Lake's "I Want You" - NEST HQ". NEST HQ. 2017-03-22. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b By808sJake. "The 25 Best Songs on Owsla, So Far". Complex. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Label Spotlight | Owsla". Onlythebeat.com. 2013-05-10. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b Billboard (2016-09-21). "Skrillex's Owsla Label Celebrates With Los Angeles Rager in Honor of 5-Year Anniversary". Billboard. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Skrillex Announces Launch of Owsla Label". Billboard. 2011-06-07. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Skrillex, Owsla Label Announce The Nest: Subscription-Based Imprint". Billboard. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Owsla Demo Submission, Contacts, A&R, Links & More". Labelsbase.net. 2011-08-17. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Label Focus: Owsla - Blog". Mixmag. 2016-09-14. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "The Origins of 10 Iconic Names in Dance Music". EDM.com. 2016-02-04. Retrieved .
  12. ^ a b "Owsla Will Take You To The Mountain: A Deeper Look at Skrillex's Winning Streak". RaverRafting. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Dessa, Kate (2013-07-18). "Bromance Records Launches American Branch via Owsla". Earmilk. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Billboard (2014-12-18). "Skrillex's Owsla Label Launches Nestivus Charity Campaign". Billboard. Retrieved .
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  24. ^ "Owsla Signee josh pan Discusses his Opus Remix of "It G Ma" - NEST HQ". NEST HQ. 2016-02-09. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "A New Track From JOYRYDE's High-Octane Owsla EP Is Here, "I WARE HOUSE" - NEST HQ". NEST HQ. 2017-02-21. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Interview + MiniMix: OddKidOut - NEST HQ". 26 April 2018.
  27. ^ "EDM Wishes Skrillex A Very Happy 30th Birthday". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  28. ^ AC Slater Returns To Owsla (2015-07-31). "AC Slater Returns To Owsla". Wegotthiscovered.com. Retrieved .
  29. ^ By808sJake. "ALESIA Further Advances France's "New Order" on Their New Owsla Release". Complex. Retrieved .
  30. ^ Billboard (2013-03-25). "Alex Metric Talks About His Owsla Single, 'Ilium': Watch Here". Billboard. Retrieved .
  31. ^ a b c d e "Owsla - The 15 Best EDM Labels Right Now". Complex. Retrieved .
  32. ^ Jarvis, Nick (2014-06-11). "Anna Lunoe's new Owsla weapon will make you "strip down to your undies"". Inthemix.junkee.com. Retrieved .
  33. ^ "Owsla Artist Aryay Stands Up to Violence, Honors 556 Murdered in 2016". EDM.com. Retrieved .
  34. ^ "Barely Alive Resurface on Owsla". Bassrush. 2017-02-14. Retrieved .
  35. ^ Stauffer, Bryan (2013-08-05). "Bart B More & The Napoleon Saga". Lessthan3.com. Retrieved .
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  37. ^ "Bassnectar and ATLiens make their OWSLA debuts with 'Interlock'". 17 March 2017.
  38. ^ Photography: Thomas Uribe. "Premiere: Blood Diamonds - Apex". Dummy Mag. Retrieved .
  39. ^ "Skrillex Signs Duo 'Carmada' After Only Hearing One Track". EDM.com. 2014-12-15. Retrieved .
  40. ^ Billboard (2017-03-22). "Chris Lake Talks 'I Want You,' Owsla House Compilation 'Howsla,' and the Future of American House: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved .
  41. ^ Khal. "Crookers - "Ghetto Guetta"". Complex. Retrieved .
  42. ^ "David Heartbreak & J Trick Bring The "House Party" To Owsla Spring Comp - NEST HQ". NEST HQ. 2015-03-20. Retrieved .
  43. ^ Ireland, David. "EDM News - Hang Out With Destructo To Celebrate The Release Of His New EP On Skrillex's Owsla Imprint - Magnetic Magazine". Magneticmag.com. Retrieved .
  44. ^ "Skrillex's Owsla Unleashes Free Exclusive Music From Zedd, Dillon Francis & More". Your EDM. 2014-07-24. Retrieved .
  45. ^ Cliff, Aimee (2016-08-23). "DJ Sliink And Skrillex On How Jersey Club Brought Them Together". The Fader. Retrieved .
  46. ^ "Dog Blood - "Middle Finger" - The 25 Best Songs on Owsla, So Far". Complex. Retrieved .
  47. ^ "Dream - "This Isn't House" - The 25 Best Songs on Owsla, So Far". Complex. Retrieved .
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  49. ^ "Figure - Horns of the Apocalypse EP (Owsla)". Your EDM. 2016-01-29. Retrieved .
  50. ^ Billboard (2016-11-03). "Getter Dishes on Face-Melting Music Videos and 'Radical Dude!' EP". Billboard. Retrieved .
  51. ^ "Gesaffelstein - Pursuit [OWSLA]". Stoney Roads.
  52. ^ Billboard (2016-08-16). "Ghastly Talks Owsla, Metal, and Not Getting Comfortable". Billboard. Retrieved .
  53. ^ Jess GentileMar 25 2014, 12:00am (2014-03-25). "HeartsRevolution Has an Ice Cream Truck Made of One Million Swarovski Crystals - Thump". Thump.vice.com. Retrieved .
  54. ^ "I Am Legion - Make Those Move [Owsla". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  55. ^ "Owsla After Dark Part I - Jack Beats - NEST HQ". NEST HQ. 2013-08-22. Retrieved .
  56. ^ Corban Goble (2015-03-05). "Various Artists: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved .
  57. ^ "The Juggernaut - Chinese Finger Trap". Thissongslaps.com. 2013-04-20. Retrieved .
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  59. ^ "Kill Paris to Release 'To A New Earth' EP on Owsla". Relentless Beats. Retrieved .
  60. ^ "Album Review: Kill The Noise 'OCCULT CLASSIC' [Owsla] - NEST HQ". NEST HQ. 2015-10-09. Retrieved .
  61. ^ "NGHTMRE and LOUDPVCK's New Single for OWSLA Might Be the Hardest Song You Hear All Year - Thump". thump.vice.com.
  62. ^ "The M Machine - Superflat [Owsla". Your EDM. 2016-03-10. Retrieved .
  63. ^ Billboard (2015-07-15). "Meet Mark Johns: The Newest Member of Skrillex's Owsla Imprint". Billboard. Retrieved .
  64. ^ Billboard (2016-11-29). "Marshmello Launches New 'Ritual' Merch Line With Owsla". Billboard. Retrieved .
  65. ^ "Owsla Artist Mija Sits for Tasteful, Gothy Playboy Shoot - Thump". Thump.vice.com. 2016-02-02. Retrieved .
  66. ^ "Raised by the Owsla Family: The rise of Milo & Otis". Dancing Astronaut. 2014-09-10. Retrieved .
  67. ^ "Monsta On Signing To Skrillex's Owsla Label, Dubstep, and Moby?". Village Voice. 2012-10-24. Retrieved .
  68. ^ Dabrye. "Stream Moody Good's genre-hopping debut in full, forthcoming on Owsla and MTA Records - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". Factmag.com. Retrieved .
  69. ^ Sophia (2014-08-14). "MUST DIE! Announces New LP For Owsla". Edmsauce.com. Retrieved .
  70. ^ Tregoning, Jack (2012-02-10). "Nick Thayer releases new EP on Skrillex's label Owsla". Inthemix.junkee.com. Retrieved .
  71. ^ "Pennybirdrabbit "For Love EP" [Owsla/Big Beat]". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  72. ^ "Phonat - "Ride the Prejudice" - The 25 Best Songs on Owsla, So Far". Complex. Retrieved .
  73. ^ "Phuture Doom LP [Owsla". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  74. ^ Khal. "Premiere: Point Point f/ San Holo "Smile On Your Face"". Complex. Retrieved .
  75. ^ "Rell The Soundbender & B!tch Be Cool - Diablo House". Dancing Astronaut. 2017-10-27. Retrieved .
  76. ^ a b "Skrillex signs Rusko to his Owsla record label". NME. 2013-06-05. Retrieved .
  77. ^ "Seven Lions - Serpent Of Old [Owsla". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  78. ^ "Noisecontrollers & Showtek - Get Loose (Owsla) o Harderstate - Hardstyle & Hardcore Forum". Harderstate.com. Retrieved .
  79. ^ "Skream ft. Sam Frank - "Anticipate" - The 25 Best Songs on Owsla, So Far". Complex. Retrieved .
  80. ^ "Skrillex's Latest Episode Of Owsla Radio Features Snails, What So Not & More". Your EDM. 2017-06-08. Retrieved .
  81. ^ Almeida, Nicole. "Striving for More: A Conversation with Star Slinger". Atwood Magazine. Retrieved .
  82. ^ "TC Tightens His Grip On The Dance Floor With 'Get Down Low EP'". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  83. ^ Byanonymous superhero. "Teddy Killerz - "Teddy Massacre"". Complex. Retrieved .
  84. ^ September 1, 2017 (2017-09-01). "Tennyson Release New Single "Cry Bird" + Announce Uh Oh! EP On Owsla". Runthetrap.com. Retrieved .
  85. ^ "Torro Torro's "Make A Move" Gets Remixed by Skrillex, Habstrakt, & Star Slinger x Mark Johns - NEST HQ". 8 January 2016.
  86. ^ Ezra MarcusApr 6 2017, 9:17pm (2017-04-06). "Owsla's Anna Lunoe, Wuki, and Valentino Khan Team Up like Voltron for Walloping New Track - Thump". Thump.vice.com. Retrieved .
  87. ^ ""Favor" with Vindata + Skrillex + NSTASIA Sounds Unlike Any Owsla Collab, Ever [LISTEN". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  88. ^ "Check Out What So Not on Owsla After Dark". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  89. ^ "Wiwek Releases Two New Tracks On Owsla [VIDEOS". Your EDM. Retrieved .
  90. ^ Rob Fitzpatrick. "Yogi: 'My music smells of freshly baked bread' | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved .

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