echolot is a Hamburg-based music label that was founded in 2011 by creative mind and multi-disciplinary artist Lars Kemnitz aka Kämmer. The label is dedicated to electronic music in its broadest sense – ranging from headstrong electronica to dance floor tools.
After many years of silence we returned in 2021 with new ideas and new music ready to be released now. Together with his dear partner-in-crime Sönke Lehmann aka L'Man, Kämmer is taking care of everything concerning the label. We hope you enjoy our music.
In order to celebrate the 10th release on echolot we decided to produce our first-ever limited 10" vinyl edition. There are 10 pieces, lovingly and manually cut into beautiful transparent 180g vinyl by Dr. Dub in Austria. These are at least as good as mass-produced vinyls, maybe even better :) And we don't have to mention that the cover artwork looks so great, do we?. If you're interested in getting your hands on one of these, please drop us a line: email@example.com.
echolot was founded back in 2011 by Lars Kemnitz aka Kämmer. He developed the idea for a netlabel when we was graduating from university. Out of passion for electronic music he wanted to create a home base for his music and those of his friends. And his aim was to make the music available for free download. Back then streaming was not such a big issue as today, so he released through SoundCloud and later Bandcamp under a Creative Commons license. After three releases in 2014 he didn't release any new music until he revived the label in 2021. Since then the output has been constant with new releases every few months.
No, actually echolot does not release physical records. echolot releases online only. That's because of costs. We are strictly independent with a strong DIY approach, so producing for example vinyl records would be too expensive for us. But we made one exception in 2023: To celebrate our catalog number 10 we had a special limited transparent 10" vinyl cut for us by hand by Austrian manufacturer Dr. Dub. There were only 10 pieces available which sold out very fast.
Generally, yes. You can send us your music. But please be aware that we are an independent DIY label and can't do any large commercial releases. As well we can't pay for mastering or other promotion. But if you want to get your music out and be part of a collective of electronic music enthusiasts who simply love what they do, then feel free to drop us a note. We promise that we will listen to it and get back to you. Send your music to firstname.lastname@example.org (use a file transfer service like WeTransfer or Dropbox).
Because that was the initial idea when the label was founded. Today we are no longer releasing under a Creative Commons license. But you can download all our music for free on Bandcamp. We don't charge anything. But you can, of course, pay as much as you like if you want to support us.
We are not making a living of our music. That gives us the freedom to offer it for free. And through streaming nowadays you can support us as well. It's only cents but streaming our music a lot on Spotify or Apple Music makes a difference in the long run. And so we know that you like what we do. That's what makes us happy.
No, for mastering we rely on experts who really know what they are doing. Releases until 2014 were all mastered by Fabian Tormin in Hamburg. All releases from 2021 up to now were mastered by Sam John at Precise Mastering in the UK. It's important to us to release only high-quality music. And that doesn't go without a proper mastering that makes sure the music sounds as good as it can everywhere and in every situation. We don't have the expertise and the specially treated rooms to do mastering. And in our opinion it's always worth letting someone else listen to your music with fresh ears. It pays off in the end.