At the tail end of the 90’s, against all the advice of older, wiser heads, brothers Ollie and Matt Jacob started the label Memphis Industries. As is often the case, the label was initially intended as a vehicle to release some pals EPs, with no further plans beyond that. Their first signing Blue States delivered the album Nothing Changes Under the Sun, a surprise success for the label, they then rode the original chill wave, before finding that those older wiser heads were pretty spot on about starting a label, and washed up with The Go! Team as “definitely their last ever signing before they got proper jobs”. A Mercury Prize nomination, a bucket load of sales and international acclaim later, Memphis went from strength to strength. 2018 sees the label as the home of North-East legends Field Music, Minneapolis’ future R&B superstars POLICA, the wonderful Wonk-Pop of Dutch Uncles and many more.
Rough Trade's Emily Waller sat down with Ollie to talk about the history of the label, avoiding a “proper job” and his favourite projects so far:
To celebrate Memphis Industries being our Label Focus, we have the following special editions available now at Rough Trade, all purchases also come with a free CD sampler:
The Go! Team - Semicircle
Field Music - Open Here
Rough Trade Club Member?
We have two signed test pressings from The Go! Team and Field Music to give away exclusively to club members. For a chance to win all you have to do is email [email protected] with the subject "Memphis" by 5pm on 12th January 2018.