Hi guys! First off, why did you choose the name "Numbers?"
Calum Morton: It's a utility word. Glasgow knows a lot about making up words for shit, so our crew of pals used to call something a number if it was something good. If you found £10, it's a number; a good tune, it's a number; and so on. Add to that it's a killer Kraftwerk track from Computer World then it just seemed to make sense.
How did Numbers, the party, get its start?
Richard Chater: In June of 2003, a massive crew of us joined forces and started a club night called Numbers. The first night took place in a tiny back room of a Glasgow restaurant; six people played including Jackmaster, Spencer and Actress. We had fun. It was busy so we did it again and again and again.
Was becoming a label ever in the initial plans for Numbers?
Richard Chater: Things just naturally evolved for us. The plan has always been to release good music and work with artists we well and truly believe in. If you stick to that then things usually work out for the best.
Tell us about the evolution! How did the label originally start?
Neil Morton: Before any music was released on Numbers, there were three labels ran by different members of the crew: Stuffrecords started in 2002, Wireblock in 2006, and Dress 2 Sweat in 2007. In 2009-early 2010 we merged these and started releasing solely through Numbers. It simplified everything and was a really positive change—it became a lot easier to explain to people too.
Who originally thought to merge the labels together?
Neil Morton: Cal brought it up originally and then I think we were at a Bloc Weekender in Minehead, England. It came up again and we decided to do it.
What was your first release and the first few artists you sign?
Neil Morton: The first signing was Redinho, and the first record on Numbers was If U Want Me by Deadboy. That was in 2010 and we've been releasing his music ever since. There's a new Deadboy EP coming at the end of 2013, and Redinho's debut album in the first part of 2014.
What are some of your favorite memories from your years at Numbers?
Rob Mordue: I guess the one that sticks out over the years is booking Ghostface Killah to play in the Sub Club, a 500 capacity basement club in Glasgow. The whole thing - from making the initial offer, to him playing on a sold out Monday night show - happened in about 7-10 days. The hype was great for that show; tickets sold out in a few hours and it was a total word of mouth thing, as it was back in the infancy of MySpace and everything.
More recently, the most exciting project for me was definitely announcing Pleasure Principle, a three-day festival. I was so pleased with the line-up we pulled together and then even more so with the reaction the festival got over the weekend and afterwards.
You have a new release coming out! Can you give us the details?
Neil Morton: It's Walk On In by Doc Daneeka.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Richard Chater: I'm listening to Jahiliyya Fields, FunkinEven, Rezzett, Anthony Naples, Prophet, Sun Ra.
Traveling is a big part of your jobs. What are the best clubs in the world, to name a few?
Jack Revill: We're lucky enough to have one of the best clubs in the world on our Glasgow doorstep: The Sub Club. Other than that, DC10 in Ibiza (especially the terrace) is amazing, as is Berghain and its Panorama Bar in Berlin.
Richard Chater: The smaller places have made an impact on me. 69 in Paisley was massively influential. London's Plastic People before the refit, plus my one and only trip to the Berghain's Panorama Bar have left lasting impressions.
What has been your favorite place that you've DJ'd?
Jack Revill: The Unknown festival in Croatia was really special; it was one of the best festivals I've ever been to. We ended up at an after party for six hours in a forest where I DJ'd back to back with Jonnie Wilkes from Optimo, Joy Orbison and even Disclosure jumped on the decks for a bit.
Rob Mordue: The Poetry Club in Glasgow. The interior is entirely designed by Scottish artist Jim Lambie with loads of interesting touches and pieces of furniture, including an old school steam train which doubles as smoke machine.
What's the best show you've attended this year?
Rob Mordue: Richard and I supported Thundercat at this really intimate show in Glasgow the other week; I was really feeling his last release and the live show totally lived up to it. Thundercat was on bass, a dude was on a Moog Voyager and a there was a really tight jazz drummer. Amazing musicians totally going off on solos—proper good live music.
Richard Chater: The Saturday night in the upstairs room at Pleasure Principle was the highlight of the year for me. Will Bankhead, ALL CAPS, LIES, Optimo, John Talabot, Levon Vincent, Ben UFO and Omar-S, all playing in that order - was jaw-droppingly good. I work with techno records every day of the week so it's easy to get jaded sometimes, but the combination of the crowd, the music and the sheer heat of the room made for a once in a lifetime experience. Omar-S dropping Giorgio Moroders "The Chase" and Jonny Dangerous' "Problem No.13" was a highlight.