Location: Istanbul and London Est: 2014

Potted History: “I had this great idea to set up a label because I was naive and very, very passionate,” explains musician and Injazero founder, Sine Buyuka. “I had been a music journalist and a radio show host for a decade, and also ran a small music blog. I kept getting so many amazing demos, it made me think, ‘If only I had a label…’.

“I was interning at FatCat at the time, and they had a folder for artists they wanted to sign. There was someone in there called Ambassadeurs and he had a track called ‘Injazero’. I later learned that the track name was actually ‘Inja’ but he bounced the first version of the project file and forgot the extension ‘zero’ in the name. I really loved how it sounded, a made-up name – a ninja, a zero and a bit of jazz all together. All the social media handles were available too, so that was that!”

Mission Statement: “Injazero is run by me – a female artist – and I always wanted the label to be as artist-friendly as possible,” says Buyuka. “Many of our acts are friends and support each other. One recently emailed me saying that working with Injazero was their first experience of a label that they could call a home. It meant the world to me! It feels like a little family. I’m also committed to making the label as eco-friendly as possible.”

Key Artists & Releases: “We have been very lucky to have released music by some amazing people, like KMRU, Hinako Omori, Heinali, Halina Rice, Matt Emery and Tegh. I’m also grateful for a charity compilation we did in aid of Mind in 2018. Recent releases include a great album by Halina Rice, and Heinali’s seminal live set from a bomb shelter in Ukraine. Because Injazero is a small, boutique label, I can only do a limited number of releases a year. When it’s time to sign new music, I just trust the way I feel when I hear it – I have never put out anything I wasn’t in love with.”

Future Plans: “The plan is no plan,” says Buyuka. “I think the past couple of years really taught me that. I would certainly love to reach more people but at the same time, a part of me also loves having our niche. I just want to keep releasing visionary music and art, and supporting independent artists.”

Any Other Business? “To state the obvious, be aware that running an experimental label really is a labour of love. If you are not truly passionate about putting music out into the world and supporting independent artists no matter what, then you better not do it. But if you are, it becomes this magical thing that touches other peoples’ lives.”

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