Moments In Time is a force to be reckoned with in techno music. Founded by Rudosa, a talented producer and DJ in his own right, MIT has a reputation for releasing high-quality, cutting-edge techno tracks that push the boundaries of the genre. With a focus on hard techno and hardgroove sounds, the label has quickly become a go-to destination for techno lovers worldwide.
The latest release on the label welcomes the fourth instalment of its increasingly popular ‘Moments’ compilation. ‘Moments Vol. 4‘ showcases a carefully curated lineup of hard techno and hardgroove names, including David Strasser, Tham, BLICZ & GEERSON, Militiā, Claas Herrmann, Amstra & Løinam, Konstrukt Alliance, SAMOH & NYCTONIAN alongside Rudosa himself.
As a prominent figure among Manchester’s new generation of techno protagonists, Rudosa has established a formidable reputation. Label boss at Moments In Time, owner of music school Make Me A DJ and renowned artist in his own right, he is deeply committed to electronic music culture. Releases have landed with labels such as Soma, Exhale, Hekate, We Are The Brave, Bipolar Disorder and more. While he’s been out on the road performing at top-tier venues such as Fabrik Madrid and Warehouse Project in his hometown.
To mark the release of ‘Moments Vol. 4’, we caught up with Rudosa as we explore what makes his label such a unique and increasingly popular brand:
Hey Rudosa, thanks for joining us here at Mr. Afterparty. Let’s begin with some of your biggest highlights so far in 2023.
Hey Guys, I’d have to say first up my Australian tour, relaxing on EXHALE’s next VA, which is out on the 5th May; that’s my debut on the label, and then getting to playing consistently at some really amazing shows. It’s good to be back on the road regularly. I am also getting married this year, so I have to mention that!
You’d been releasing great productions for quite a while before you started your label project. Was it something you always had in mind, or did anything in particular, lead you to it?
I knew that I always wanted to start a label at some point but wanted to wait until my profile was big enough and that I had a record which was in demand. That came when I made ‘Obsolesence’, which was supported by so many other DJs, and the demand for it was massive. So many labels were keen to sign it, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to kickstart Moments In Time.
Tell us about the ethos behind Moments In Time. There is a definitive aesthetic behind the branding, but what is the process behind curating the sound and selecting artists?
The ethos has always been music that transports you to a place or a moment in time. Every time you hear the track, it takes you right back to that place. Hence the name. I often find artists when I search for new music for my gigs; I play out the track and see how it works and feels and then often contact them about a release. This was the case with Blicz, Alt8 and the majority of the others too. I feel it’s important, and I also like to build relationships with each of the artists that are on Moments In Time, especially for the EPs. The artwork also has a lot of time and care put into each to ensure that it fits the sound and artist, yet carries on a theme throughout so that it remains recognisable as a brand.
Are there any fundamental differences between your unique artistic preference and what you’re pushing with your label?
I currently have two sounds I’m producing, Hard Techno and Hard Groove. Moments In Time is my label for all the Hard Techno I’m supporting and playing, and I’m just about to launch a new Imprint for my Hard Groove stuff. More news on this very soon!!!!
Have any specific releases surprised you or helped to hit home the concept behind the label?
I think the first release was important as it established the label straight away. But in all honesty, each one is just as important as the next, as every artist and EP create something new and is then part of the family and history of the label’s catalogue.
Are there any special projects or big-name artists you set your sights on for the label in the future?
We have a huge VA dropping in a couple of weeks with some new artists and some more established artists. It’s my favourite Moments Vol so far. It’s out on 12th May.
Are there any plans to concentrate on an events aspect with the label? If so, can you share any inside scoops?
The next Moments In Time event will be in July in Glasgow, which I’m looking forward to, with the hope to have them take place more consistently year on year and branch out into Europe, too, as it’s such a big market for the sound.
What advice can you offer artists wanting to sign music to Moments In Time?
Don’t send me music as a DEMO. Hit me up directly and let me know that you’ve noticed that I played your tracks somewhere and you have some tracks you’d like to send to me. If I download it, watch out for videos of me playing on socials, and I also am keen to chat about new tracks too as support. Rinse and repeat the process, and I’ll do the rest!
In your opinion, what are the best and worst parts about running a label?
The worst used to be Vinyl delays, but that’s apparently improving, so I will restart pressing records for my new hard groove imprint and then see what it’s like before restarting them for Moments In Time.
The best is having a record that pops on the label and seeing it travel the world, making an impact. It also is really satisfying to know we can be a platform for artists to have their music recognised, and when we see new names get love from the industry and start to grow their careers, there is no better feeling.
What can we expect from Moments In Time and Rudosa in the next 6-12 months?
Moments In Time will keep releasing every 8 to 12 weeks, and the sub-label will release in the gaps between. Our events will keep expanding and become more frequent. Under my alias Rudosa I’ll be releasing both Hard Techno and Hard Groove on some of the biggest and best labels on the planet. Hopefully, this will lead to a packed tour schedule.
I’m really looking forward to my Exhale release and playing for their 24-hour party in Berlin in June. BRING IT ON!!!!
‘Moments Vol. 4’ is available now on Moments In Time. You can grab your copy of the compilation HERE.
Connect with Moments In Time
Instagram – Facebook – Beatport – Soundcloud