Please present your label, when and where was it started, who is involved in its activities and what genres are promoted by it.
I'm Stu and I run Aesthetic Death alone - it started in 1992 as a distribution, and I started releasing stuff in 1993.
I work with underground bands releasing extreme music - no boundaries or prescriptive/limiting genres. Although I do have a tendency towads music which is slow, heavy and dark.
Tell us a few words on each or the most important releases of your label, and which of them are still available for purchase.
Well, it's hard to say what are the most important releases on my label - each release quite often says a lot about my personal feelings at that period of time. It reflects what I am feeling emotionally and the kind of music that is helping me exist at that time. I am only interested in music that satisfies me personally - I have no interest in working with any band purely because they are popular or will sell well.
A lot of my releases are still available from recent years - the first eight cd releases, along with nearly all vinyl releases are sold out now.
The bands I have worked with include Esoteric, Fleurety, MurkRat, Wreck Of The Hesperus, Eibon, Den Saakaldte, Goatpsalm, Wijlen Wij, Fatum Elisum, Endvra, Haiku Funeral, Black Depths Grey Waves, Ortega, Lysergene, Stumm, Dead Beat Project, Mourning Dawn, The NULLL Collective, Section 37, Walk Through Fire and the like
What are the most important features you look for in a band that is or has the chance to be signed on your label?
I look for dark, introspective, erudite, thoughtful music. Nothing more required than I need to love the music.
I want to work with bands who have a shared vision for what I am trying to achieve and the expectations of their music marries well with the philosophy of my label - and that they believe in working with me. They need to have faith in my work for them as well.
How can a band get in touch with you? What should bands know before submitting their promos for your consideration?
Any band can get in touch with me via email. I welcome any promo material. I don't listen to stuff online - I only accept promo cdr. Any details can be found on my website.
What's the most important thing in the relationship between you and your bands? What is your label offering to its bands?
I consider Aesthetic Death as it's own little family. It is important for me to have an open, honest and reliable relationship with any band I work with. I work by an old-fashioned "gentleman's agreement" - so this requires good communication and trust between myself and the band.
Over the last twenty years this has proved to work fine - I am close friends with many of the bands I work with. Every band is individual and I work with them as individuals, to suit what they might need as a band.
I don't know what I offer the bands - they'd be best to answer that.
Aesthetic Death is an underground label in the old sense of the term. If a band wishes to "get big", or sell thousands of copies, or have major advertising/tours - then I am not the right label for that band. I believe in an anti-capitalist, anti-establishment, non-conformist way of working - where the main focus is support and reliability, not profit. There is no room for capitalism in extreme music - and it just kills what extreme music and underground mentality is all about. I never make any money from running the label - all money goes back into doing new releases and supporting the bands I work with.
I'd rather stop the label tomorrow than become some sort of major label with no fucking morals which just focuses on screwing the bands and making money.
Is there anything you planned with your label and has not yet been completed?
I am working continuously to get new releases out. Over the past few years the major goals have included releasing all Esoteric albums onto vinyl - alongside a series of new Fleurety 7" vinyls. These are both progressing well, albeit slowly. I want to release good quality stuff - so I prefer to take my time and make sure everything is perfect before a release goes out.
I am not trying to prove anything as a label. I am just doing my thing and support those who put their trust in me.
How does the future looks for your label? Any major projects you would like to share with us?
Well, I don't know about the future - I don't really care that much. I will continue to run the label whilst I enjoy doing it - that is the only important factor. If I lose interest or it starts to become too commercial then I would immediately stop.
Unlike most labels, Aesthetic Death continues regardless of making money - so I don't have those pressures.
During the start of 2013 I will release new albums from a couple of awesome doom bands - Eibon + The Nihilistic Front
How can anyone get in touch with you? Please list your website, webstore and/or social media links.
Anyone can contact me via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
website at: www.aestheticdeath.com
I don't do social media - fuck all that.
Thanks for your support.