EDIT Members – Andy McAllister

Andy McAllister runs Ground Level Records,

a dance music label that’s about to celebrate it’s third birthday.

Starting off in the music industry as a drummer in his teens, Andy was playing regularly in his native Scotland, when he got interested in electronic dance music and production.

After a few years of crude production, he widened his skills to encompass DJing, coming of age just as the Big Beat explosion was hitting down, and began playing regularly in his adopted home of Derby. As the years went on and Big Beat became Nu Skool Breaks, Andy kept his finger on the pulse running nights in and around Derby and regularly getting guest DJs from around the country to play at his ‘Ground Level’ nights.

At the end of 2006, the steady flow of tracks being given to him by guest DJs gave him an idea, to provide an outlet for this music, and so Ground Level Records was born. Not knowing anything about running a record label, everything was a process of trial and error, the only motto was that no corners where cut, the vinyl records would be cut by the best guys, the remixes by the hottest talent and the artwork accompanying the release would be fresh and innovative, making sure a product came out that oozed quality. This seemed to do the trick, and by January 2008, 10 releases in, Ground Level was nominated as best Breakthrough label at the International Breakbeat Awards, Breakspoll.

Now 20 releases in, Ground Level has grown from being purely a Breaks label to encompassing Electro and Fidget House, Dubstep, Nu Funk and Electronica, still using the no corners cut motto and ensuring every release oozes quality.

When not running the label, Andy teaches drums, plays in bands and DJs at the Ground Level nights up and down the country, and when he gets time sometimes manages to write a track in the studio himself!

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