TSOH | Close Up: Get Physical’s Roland Leesker about running a successful record label

Roland Leesker has been a stalwart of the electronic music scene since 1989. He started in Frankfurt, where he worked in the Delirium record store in the 90’s. He then moved to New York, where he also set up a record store. He has produced and DJ’ed with anyone from ATA to Ricardo Villalobos, and from Cajmere to John Selway. He has remixed (a.o.) M.A.N.D.Y, DJ. T, Chris Liebing and DJ Pierre. He has worked for companies like Ministry of Sound, and has been one of the driving forces behind the legendary Get Physical imprint.

Roland draws inspiration from all corners of the electronic music scene. He shares with us the secret about running a successful label. One of the most important things is to have a good partner: “I’m good at some things, but not at other things. My partner Phillip is very good in knowing who will be the next great DJ. I’m better at organizing a team, organizing the whole setup. And I’m quite good with numbers.” It’s all about controling the numbers, Leesker says. “At the end of the day, it’s a business. You have to be a good business person, and to control the whole thing.”

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