first light is an electronic music record label and visual arts platform. Born out of the natural spaces bordering the Lake District and nurtured in the creative landscape of Manchester, first light is not constrained by genre or space. Since its conception in 2017, first light has set out to be more than just a label. A product of its environment, first light is informed by an ongoing interest in the meeting of ideas around nature and heritage with the forward-facing elements of electronic music and contemporary visual art. It is this focus that ties together the label’s diverse roster as well as informing its visual style and approach to artistic projects.
“first light has been operating as a label for around two years now and in that time we’ve built a brand, developed a strong roster of artists and established ourselves locally with a series of well-received live events. We wanted to take part in the Mentoring Programme because we’re at a stage at which we’d really benefit from some advice around the business side of running a label, allowing us to progress the work we’ve done so far and take the label beyond a hobby and establish it as a functional business. We’re hoping to gain some valuable insights into the functional aspects of running a record label such as distribution, financial organisation, synchronisation and artist management. These insights will help us take the creative aspects that we’ve developed to a more professional level.”