UK TECHNO LABEL FOUNDED 2019

ABOUT US

AFTER HOURS IS A UK TECHNO LABEL FOUNDED BY BENJAMIN LUCA ON 20th OF JUNE 2019. THE LABEL WAS CREATED TO GIVE UPCOMING TALENT A PLATFORM TO UNIFY, HOLSTERING MORE INFLUENCE AS A COLLECTIVE GIVING US MORE FREEDOM AND ALLOWING FOR BETTER OPPORTUNITIES.

OUR HISTORY

THE START

It was 2017 and and at the age of 18 Benjamin Luca got exposed to clubbing along side friend Monkfourwhy, both were inspired by their local scene in darlington got very interested in the Tech - House genre. Later that summer they went on a group holiday to Zante and experienced a week different DJs playing across the strip. It was here that they discussed their combined interest in the music scene. After that Benjamin researched and got his fist set of Decks. He was instantly hooked and spent many months learning how to mix tracks and use effects. Being the only one in his group with this equipment Benjamin and Monkfourwhy would be DJing house parties and even set up small events at a local pub to play to friends. These went down a storm and Benjamin got very invested in putting on the best show he could investing in big speakers, better decks, lasers, lights and a smoke machine to give a visual show to go with the music. At was at this point Benjamin wanted to produce his own tracks and got FL Studio, spending most weekends working on tracks and learning the basics of how to make music.

PLAYING IN CLUBS

2018 rolled around and college had come to an end. Benjamin and Monkfourwhy had been DJing in front of friends for a while and wanted to take their newly found hobby to the next stage. They both recorded a mix and put it up on their own Soundcloud's to witch Dwight a darlington resident DJ invited Benjamin to open for his Tempo events at Seen club. The night went really well and he was invited to open a couple of other nights with a few back to backs with other DJ's. As the months went on Benjamin found himself preferring Techno as apposed to Tech House and felt limited as to what he could play in Clubs at Tech House events. This caused him to come up with a plan with Monkfourwhy who was also heavily into Techno to allow them to play what they wanted with no constrictions.

FOUNDING AFTER HOURS

It had been months since Ben had played in clubs and he had been working none stop, learning lots about producing tracks. Monkfourwhy was yet to play in a club so himself and Benjamin sat down and came up with an idea to create their own event so they had freedom over what they wanted to play also giving monkfourwhy the opportunity to play. With Monkfourwhy starting Uni they thought it was the perfect time to start  as thy could branch out to the scene in Manchester, Leeds and other cities in the area around Monkfourwhy's University. As they were planning all this Both were invited to go B2B closing Basic events at the Keys, Yarm. This got both of them wanting to fast track their event. However Monkfourwhy left for Uni and got bogged down in uni work and a bustling social life, meanwhile Benjamin was making some real headway with his music production, built a home studio, had sourced an artist and started creating themes, art work and a name for the event. The pair met up after months of separation and Benjamin put forward the idea that he wanted to make the event a record label so he could put out his own music sort their own events and have full creative freedom, they decided it was only fair Benjamin founded After Hours due to the difference in effort and work ethic. This benefited both of them allowing for Monkfourwhy to focus solely on Djing and production and Benjamin to fully pursue his vision for the label.

OUR ETHICS

AFTER HOURS

OUR GOALS

It was 2017 and and at the age of 18 Benjamin Luca got exposed to clubbing along side friend Monkfourwhy, both were inspired by their local scene in darlington got very interested in the Tech - House genre. Later that summer they went on a group holiday to Zante and experienced a week different DJs playing across the strip. It was here that they discussed their combined interest in the music scene. After that Benjamin researched and got his fist set of Decks. He was instantly hooked and spent many months learning how to mix tracks and use effects. Being the only one in his group with this equipment Benjamin and Monkfourwhy would be DJing house parties and even set up small events at a local 

It was 2017 and and at the age of 18 Benjamin Luca got exposed to clubbing along side friend Monkfourwhy, both were inspired by their local scene in darlington got very interested in the Tech - House genre. Later that summer they went on a group holiday to Zante and experienced a week different DJs playing across the strip. It was here that they discussed their combined interest in the music scene. After that Benjamin researched and got his fist set of Decks. He was instantly hooked and spent many months learning how to mix tracks and use effects. Being the only one in his group with this equipment Benjamin and Monkfourwhy would be DJing house parties and even set up small events at a local