The logo at the top of this post may well be familiar to a number of you as it is the symbol for The Eastern Front, the Israeli record label that has released a number of albums by Alex over the years (see photo 2). The label is run by a pair of thoroughly nice people - Nazgul sends hails of friendship to Igor and Tanya - and in the spirit of developing this little area of the Internet devoted to Hugin's works a little further, Nazgul recently took the opportunity of asking a few questions about the label and its relationship with Alex...
Q1. Tell me a little about The Eastern Front (and sub-label T'an! Kaven!! Ash!!!) - what are your hopes and expectations as a record label?
Q2. How did The Eastern Front first come to know about Alex and his projects, and how long have you been working together?
Q3. When - and why - did you first decide to release his Bonemachine material?
A3. The answer is very simple:))) "Vogelfrei" is one of the best Bonemachine’s albums in our opinion and we did not want to miss it! When Alex sent it us we had no doubt, we loved the music, we loved the artwork for this album which Alex prepared, and we loved the concept of 3 parts release. We developed it into the special edition of wooden box and we are totally satisfied with this release. It was rather small edition, so naturally it is sold out quite for a long time.
Q4. Who had the idea to design the great wooden box-sets + contents for 'Another Time' and for 'Vogelfrei', and where were they made? Were they expensive to produce?
Q5. Can you tell us what other projects of Alex's you have released?
Q6. Do you listen to Alex's music as fans yourself - if so, what are your personal favourites from his releases?
A6. Yes, sure, all that we release is first of all a personal preference, personal taste, if we would not love this or that album we'd never release it. Moreover, in order to release something we need both to love the music. If one of us doesn't like it, as a rule the album is not going to be released. We are not sure it is the very correct way of work of a label but thus we decided for ourself and this what we hold on. We can point out that our favourite album of those which we released is "Vogelfrei", and of other work Elisabetha's "Über Das Prinzip Der Unschuld / Lesungen Zum Prinzip Der Unschuld" released on Beverina Productions.
Q7. Are there any plans for future releases with Alex in the pipeline?
Q8. do you have any personal message or thought for Alex that you'd like to relay via the HonourAndDarkness Blog?
I think it should be evident from this that both Igor and Tanya have a great passion for the work that they do with their labels, which is shown to the rest of us in the quality of the finished products and in the care and time that crafting them clearly takes. Nazgul thanks them both for sparing the time to answer his questions, and hopes you found this an interesting piece.
Check out what The Eastern Front has to offer for yourself at http://www.theeasternfront.org/