UM is a fortnightly DJ mix series with the best new deep house and deep tech around. It’s free to hear older mixes via Apple Podcasts, but for $1 a month you can subscribe to the most upfront mix series in the world. Keeping the UM world spinning and the website running.

 

The story so far...

UM (untitledmusic - named so because that was what the default folder we created on our work computer was called) began life in 1996, with two aspiring DJ's trying to blag their way onto promo lists. A printed fanzine made in the dead of night when our employer wasn't looking spread far and wide across the UK's finest vinyl record stores with a little help of some of the seminal deep house labels and people. Over the following years it grew from print to new music podcasts, to websites, to social media and gave birth in 2011 to UM Records.

 

The aim was to build a label synonymous with up and coming producers, a springboard for talent to go onto bigger labels and great success around the world supported by a community of like minded deep house fans.

Since 2016 the label has operated on a not for profit basis - reflecting the tough nature of music business today. Allowing the UM Records to be uniquely focused on creativity and music, not profit. Across digital and vinyl platforms UM’s sound is ever evolving, always emotive, often challenging and a name you can trust to bring you the very best of deep house.

 

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Richie Hartness

UM Records, UM Mixes, High 5ives and Deep Beats Hit Parade Host, DJ

 

I hate biographies, the ones I read always say something about how people discovered music at an early stage (like most people do unless you’ve only just developed the full range of senses). How they soon developed a love of house, before buying decks and going on to be a legend in their own bedroom often hyped themselves up with a global DJ itinerary of places that are called Pascha or Space (but not the real ones, but in some backwater in the middle of nowhere - but it sounds good right?).

 

Then there's a list of DJ's they’ve played 'with' and they might even drop some more more well known venue names they’ve been to, to make it sound like they’re being booked by all the right places every weekend (which they’re not otherwise you'd have heard of them already!). All wrapped up with a 'watch out for their name in the year to come cause they’re going to be ‘huge' and that music is their passion and their reason for being.

 

I hate biographies for all these reasons and more.

 

The fact is I loved pop music years before I even heard of house. I was a child of the Madchester era and still listen to some of it. I like Dire Straits, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Elbow and I’m not afraid to confess I own complete catalogues of the KLF, New Order and the Pet Shop Boys on vinyl and my favourite album as a kid was for many years Erasure - Two Ring Circus - I wore the cassette out, which must have had my Dad wondering.

 

The first 7 inch I bought was 'The Final Countdown' by Europe, the first album 'Bridge of Spies' by T'Pau and the first 12" was 'Domino Dancing' by the Pet Shop Boys. See! it's not a classic list, but it's who I am. I've never been into old Chicago house that much, not then, not now, and was shit at breakdancing although I had the biggest bit of lino in my street. I liked cheesy rave for too a little longer than is healthy, and regret the fashion choices I made, but not the chemicals.

 

So how did I get here? I wanted to be a DJ to avoid dancing in public, to attract girls and get free drinks. It didn’t go to plan and somewhere along the way UM because a thing, and that became part of who I am. In the years since UM started I've DJ'd out and about occasionally and had the best night ever each and every time, but I'm honest enough to know I'm not really a talented DJ and I really have been lucky to see a few at work. As someone who learnt with vinyl and now uses Traktor (I've never touched a CDJ - they look too complicated) I can claim to know what I'm doing - in theory at least and know when you really shouldn’t be doing it.

 

The UM mixes are my weekly routine. I get to listen to new music all week on and off then brutally cull it down to a crate I actually like before trying to mix them as best I can with a nice cuppa at the weekend - I rarely listen to them in full before recording and all too often won't ever play them again either - which is probably a sad reflection on the way we consume music today as opposed to my 'Two Ring Circus' cassette way back when.

 

As a music lover back in the day I bought everything on labels like Guidance, Large, Naked, Nitegrooves, Glasgow Underground, Paper, Toko (or managed to get on their promo list in the end) and in 2006 decided to emulate those institutions and start UM Records. Labels I've loved have come and gone all too often in that time and any success I’ve enjoyed has in part been down to the faith and support of lots of people who just got what I was trying to do and the amazing producers who put their faith in what UM had to offer.

 

UM is a fortnightly DJ mix series with the best new deep house and deep tech around. It’s free to hear older mixes via Apple Podcasts, but for $1 a month you can subscribe to the most upfront mix series in the world. Keeping the UM world spinning and the website running.

 

The story so far...

UM (untitledmusic - named so because that was what the default folder we created on our work computer was called) began life in 1996, with two aspiring DJ's trying to blag their way onto promo lists. A printed fanzine made in the dead of night when our employer wasn't looking spread far and wide across the UK's finest vinyl record stores with a little help of some of the seminal deep house labels and people. Over the following years it grew from print to new music podcasts, to websites, to social media and gave birth in 2011 to UM Records.

 

The aim was to build a label synonymous with up and coming producers, a springboard for talent to go onto bigger labels and great success around the world supported by a community of like minded deep house fans.

Since 2016 the label has operated on a not for profit basis - reflecting the tough nature of music business today. Allowing the UM Records to be uniquely focused on creativity and music, not profit. Across digital and vinyl platforms UM’s sound is ever evolving, always emotive, often challenging and a name you can trust to bring you the very best of deep house.

 

Show your support by subscribing here:

Richie Hartness

UM Records, UM Mixes, High 5ives and Deep Beats Hit Parade Host, DJ

 

I hate biographies, the ones I read always say something about how people discovered music at an early stage (like most people do unless you’ve only just developed the full range of senses). How they soon developed a love of house, before buying decks and going on to be a legend in their own bedroom often hyped themselves up with a global DJ itinerary of places that are called Pascha or Space (but not the real ones, but in some backwater in the middle of nowhere - but it sounds good right?).

 

Then there's a list of DJ's they’ve played 'with' and they might even drop some more more well known venue names they’ve been to, to make it sound like they’re being booked by all the right places every weekend (which they’re not otherwise you'd have heard of them already!). All wrapped up with a 'watch out for their name in the year to come cause they’re going to be ‘huge' and that music is their passion and their reason for being.

 

I hate biographies for all these reasons and more.

 

The fact is I loved pop music years before I even heard of house. I was a child of the Madchester era and still listen to some of it. I like Dire Straits, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Elbow and I’m not afraid to confess I own complete catalogues of the KLF, New Order and the Pet Shop Boys on vinyl and my favourite album as a kid was for many years Erasure - Two Ring Circus - I wore the cassette out, which must have had my Dad wondering.

 

The first 7 inch I bought was 'The Final Countdown' by Europe, the first album 'Bridge of Spies' by T'Pau and the first 12" was 'Domino Dancing' by the Pet Shop Boys. See! it's not a classic list, but it's who I am. I've never been into old Chicago house that much, not then, not now, and was shit at breakdancing although I had the biggest bit of lino in my street. I liked cheesy rave for too a little longer than is healthy, and regret the fashion choices I made, but not the chemicals.

 

So how did I get here? I wanted to be a DJ to avoid dancing in public, to attract girls and get free drinks. It didn’t go to plan and somewhere along the way UM because a thing, and that became part of who I am. In the years since UM started I've DJ'd out and about occasionally and had the best night ever each and every time, but I'm honest enough to know I'm not really a talented DJ and I really have been lucky to see a few at work. As someone who learnt with vinyl and now uses Traktor (I've never touched a CDJ - they look too complicated) I can claim to know what I'm doing - in theory at least and know when you really shouldn’t be doing it.

 

The UM mixes are my weekly routine. I get to listen to new music all week on and off then brutally cull it down to a crate I actually like before trying to mix them as best I can with a nice cuppa at the weekend - I rarely listen to them in full before recording and all too often won't ever play them again either - which is probably a sad reflection on the way we consume music today as opposed to my 'Two Ring Circus' cassette way back when.

 

As a music lover back in the day I bought everything on labels like Guidance, Large, Naked, Nitegrooves, Glasgow Underground, Paper, Toko (or managed to get on their promo list in the end) and in 2006 decided to emulate those institutions and start UM Records. Labels I've loved have come and gone all too often in that time and any success I’ve enjoyed has in part been down to the faith and support of lots of people who just got what I was trying to do and the amazing producers who put their faith in what UM had to offer.