A new artist-run label called Hybridity will launch in Vancouver this March with Humans' Traps EP.
Launched by members of Vancouver's New Forms nonprofit group in partnership with Victoria's Sub|division collective, Hybridity is a multimedia project and record label that will seek not only to provide British Columbian artists with an international platform for their art but also to encourage and increase dialogue surrounding different forms of art and multimedia, and different genres, on an international stage. Hybridity will not only offer releases in the form of both physical (vinyl) and digital releases but also through events, art installations, and more.
The first release from Hybridity will land on March 6, the Traps EP from the Vancouver-based duo Humans, followed up by the EXIXIT EP from Canadian singer/songwriter Thomas Aston. From there on, the label looks to release music from Vancouver's Calamalka and Vancouver's Monolithium.
Label heads Malcolm Levy and Sarah Cole-Burnett sat down with us to discuss the Hybridity project in detail.
What exactly is Hybridity?
Hybridity is an artist-run group based on the concept of creating collaborative art projects. These projects focus around electronic music, visuals, installations, and interactivity with an overarching goal of creating immersive, challenging, and evolved experiences for both artists and audiences. We collaborate with artists working in various disciplines, helping them within concepts, visioning, and reaching their creative potential. The record label is a branch of this overarching narrative.
What's the meaning behind the name, and how will the focus on multimedia be executed?
The name Hybridity comes out of a larger discussion around the hybrid nature of culture, art, identity and almost everything in the present day world. Everything is so interconnected and influenced by other things. By creating forms of art that are hybrid in nature, we feel that it speaks to audiences that almost expect such at this time. The name came to me a few years ago when I was out at a show, and for some reason couldn't help but just sort of watch all the different types of people — the music, the visuals, and the surroundings — and was amazed by how everything had seemingly morphed into each other. The name Hybridity just sort of came out of me describing it at that time.
How is Victoria's Sub|division group involved with the label, and will you be branching out from Canadian artists in the future?
We think it's really important to involve key players from our community who are doing really interesting things. Sub|division has an incredible lineup of artists, and by working with them we all win. It's like a two-heads-are-better-than-one idea... or eight heads or something. I think it was important for us to start with artists we knew and respected, taking a really grassroots mentality towards the label. We definitely want to branch out and work with artists from elsewhere, but this seemed to make the most sense as a starting point. Working with Longshanks/Monolithium and the Sub|division crew has been incredible so far.
What kind of events and other art projects will Hybridity be involved with, besides just releasing music?
Outside of music, we are involved in a number of art installations and events. There are some examples on our website, available here and here.
01. Hell Me
02. De Ciel
04. On Pagaie
06. Plus Rien
08. De Ciel (Max Ulis Remix)