Moving Furniture Records is a label based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands specialized in releasing experimental electronic run by Sietse van Erve, started in October 2008. The label has a strong focus on drones, experimental ambient, minimalist, microtonal and field-recordings music, but we don’t limit us to this.
Moving Furniture Records has released music by both renowned, musicians such as Frans de Waard, Gareth Davis & Merzbow, BJNilsen and Machinefabriek, as (young) new talent such as Find Hope In Darkness, Zeno van den Broek, Bas van Huizen, Rose & Sandy and Haarvöl.
Since 2018 Moving Furniture Records has a small sublabel called Eliane Tapes on which music is released dedicated to and inspired by the work of Eliane Radigue.
The first release was by Kassel Jaeger and many more are planned for 2018 and 2019.
See all our releases on our releases page
Further, we do organize shows in Amsterdam, mostly with a focus on electronic and electro-acoustic music. In the past, we also put on shows for psychedelic and experimental guitar music, but currently we don’t have plans do so.
In our series Ruisburo at De Ruimte we also work with New Emergences to promote more diversity in experimental (electronic) music.
Demo policy (updated October 10th, 2019)
Before we start talking about demos: we have a schedule running to the end 0f 2020, so you have to be patient if you want to release with us. It can take weeks, if not months before I get back to you (Moving Furniture Records is a one-man operation and run in the evening hours, besides a full-time job, there is only so much we can do…). It also means it is very likely that Moving Furniture Records will not release your album. Only when my mind is blown away I will release it.
At this moment we can’t accept any more new demos. Our schedule is full until end 2020 and we can’t add anything extra.
Please don’t send us your demos or request if you can release with us. Send demos will not be listened to.
PS this might change over time, before submitting a demo ALWAYS check if we accept them or not.
What to do when we do accept demos again?
When MFR does accept demos again please follow these instructions:
Please keep your mail short. I want to know who you are, what you want to present, what you have done before, why you want to release on MFR and why you think it fits within the MFR catalogue (be creative and surprise us). But please keep it below 250 words.
When you send us a demo please always to provide your full name, I don’t like replying to anonymous e-mails. Aside from this, it is also about the personal touch. Moving Furniture Records is my second family and some of the musicians I work with have become really good friends. Might sound strange, but a personal click is important as well.
Send us a private streaming link on Soundcloud or similar services (this does not have to be the full releases, with 10 minutes I usually know if I like it or not). I don’t want downloads until we ask for this.
If I like what I hear I will ask for a download of a full album.
To understand already what we expect please read the following so you can prepare properly.
You have to provide this as ZIP through WeTransfer or another hosting platform following this naming guideline (this to avoid me losing stuff, which happens just too often), so upload a ZIP file and not a folder:
- Folder name: Artist Name – Album Name
- Track names (CD): Artist name – Track Number – Track Title
- Track names (Vinyl or Tape): Artist Name – Album Side Track Number – Track Title (using the spelling how you want it on the artwork)
- An example:
- Orphax – Saxophone Studies
- Orphax – A01 – JF
- Orphax – B01 – JvE
- Orphax – Saxophone Studies
- If you don’t have titles yet use “Untitled” for album name and for the Track Titles “Untitled 01”, “Untitled 02” etc.
- Please note that even if you give it as “vinyl or tape” release, final say in this is on my side. If I think it is better to do a CD we can offer a CD release and we won’t do vinyl or tape even if this is your preferred medium. This is because the financial risk is with Moving Furniture Records, and with over 10 years of experience we know very well what to release on which medium.
The next step is to see if we can release the album. This can take months to decide, so please be patient.
After we have decided to release your album we will contact you. At this moment be ready to provide us with the following information within a month:
- Release notes / Liner notes (so what would you like to say about the album and on the artwork).
- If you can’t do this yourself you can ask others to help you with this, of course, we can also help.
- It doesn’t have to be final, together we will come to something final.
- Your artist picture(s) for promotional use
- Ideas for artwork
- This doesn’t have to a final concept, but just ideas of what you would like.
- Following this, we can decide together towards a more final design or see if there is a designer who wants to do something.
- Final tracklisting with titles (this is additional to the naming schedule as described above).
After we received this we are going to make a schedule when the release can be released. This has to fit with our other planning and it can mean that your release will be scheduled a year ahead. Please keep this in mind always, so please be patient.
If I don’t want to release it I will let you know. Due to limited time, unfortunately, I can’t give feedback anymore as I used to a while ago.
While Moving Furniture Records is not a political movement, we do not release music by racists, bigots, people who are anti-LGBTIQA, sexists, religious fanatics (we are pro-choice) or other people who discriminate others for who they are. In this case, you know who you are, please do not send us your demo. You just don’t fit in with our label.
Eliane Tapes Demo Submissions
When you want to submit something for the Eliane Tapes series please submit only music which was really recorded as dedication or directly inspired by to the work of Eliane Radigue. I want to hear in your e-mail why she is so important to you. A submission without a clear description about this we can’t accept, in that case you haven’t understood what this series is about.
Please be aware that the demos submission guidelines as given above with naming etc also goes up for this series.
You want to play in Amsterdam?
I love to help you out for performing in Amsterdam if the music fits with what MFR does. We only organize shows for experimental ambient, electro-acoustic music, drone, minimalism, field-recordings etc. Of course, I do make some small exceptions, but keep this in mind.
If it doesn’t fit with what I do of course I know some people so we can give you some names and such, but this is a very limited service I can give.
When you contact MFR always give the dates you are available because I can’t look at your agenda what would suit you.
Sietse van Erve
Moving Furniture Records
October 10th, 2019
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