About the label
Minority Records is a record label based in Prague dedicated to releasing music of various genres in physical formats, mostly contemporary electronic music overlapping into classical and jazz music. The primary physical medium of the record company is vinyl.
The initial impulse for the decision to start an independent music label was a reaction to the massive rise of emo hardcore bands on the Western coast of the United States in the early ‘90s, associated with labels like Ebullition, Old Glory and Bloodlink. Naturally, the local music scene reacted to this situation with a slight delay and bands such as Sunshine, Ember, Lvmen and others were formed soon after. The label Minority Records made their contribution with the release of albums by the bands Amity, Kevorkian, Albion, Ravelin 7 and Thema Eleven on vinyl.
In 2003, I joined the newly founded A.M. 180 Collective, which initiated the creation of the gallery space at Bělehradská 45 intended to support the presentation of works by young authors from the visual arts scene. Other activities of the collective included organisation of concerts—for example of Damien Jurado, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Bill Callahan, Liars etc.—the aim was to connect the music and visual art scenes and to achieve mutual support between them.
The label’s catalogue underwent further changes when the label shifted towards more avant-garde music styles like glitch, experimental electronic music combined with field recordings, IDM, future jazz or contemporary classical music. Between 2006 and 2015, this led to the inclusion of licensed vinyl editions of albums by the American Gastr del Sol, the Swedish band Tape, the Italian producer Giuseppe Ielasi, the German producer Stephan Mathieu and the French composer Sylvain Chauveau.
The year 2010 marks the beginning of the collaboration with the game studio Amanita Design which came with a rather unconventional offer at that time: to release a soundtrack to the new flash adventure game called Machinarium on vinyl (!). The first edition of the soundtrack sold out surprisingly quickly thanks to the worldwide popularity of the game and this album is regularly re-pressed to this day, making it the label’s most successful title ever. The collaboration with Amanita Design continues and soundtracks to their games are released on vinyl exclusively by Minority Records together with a rich graphic design. To this day, we have released soundtracks to the already mentioned Machinarium and other games such as Samorost 3, Botanicula, Chuchel, Pilgrims and Creaks. These records then make their way to collectors from all over the world—even as far as the USA, Australia or Japan.
Production principles of the label
Acclaimed pressing quality
The production of vinyl records is carried out in collaboration with family-run vinyl pressing plant Pallas Group GmbH, established in 1948 by Karl Neumann in Diepholz, Germany. Manufactured products by Pallas Group GmbH are considered by many audiophiles as the best in the European market, due to the lowest surface noise of vinyl itself. A special PVC granulation product developed in cooperation with Pallas Group GmbH also does not contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium or toluene.
We have established cooperation with leading specialized mastering studios both in Germany and the United Kingdom with a long tradition in mastering and cutting services of press matrices for vinyl records.
Audiophile vinyl quality
In order to achieve audiophile quality of vinyl records, we had to avoid using the in-house pressing plant cutting services and therefore we solely work with private external mastering and cutting companies as SST GmbH in Frankfurt am Main, Abbey Road Studios in London, for the preparation of the lacquer master discs, and Pauler Acoustics in Northeim for the preparation of the Direct Metal Master discs, better known as DMMs.