Moonshine Music

Moonshine Music

Profile:
Independent US label established in 1992 by Steve Levy and Dave Audé.
For unoffical releases use Moonshine Music (3)

They also had a branch in the UK.
Related to Planet Earth Recordings.
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Parent Label:
Contact Info:
1680 North Vine Street, Suite 221
Hollywood, California, CA 90028
USA

8525 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, California, CA 90069
USA

Phone: +1 310 652 8145
Fax: +1 310 652 8146
General enquiries: moonshinemusic.info@gmail.com
Feedback: feedback@moonshine.com
Demos: demo@moonshine.com
Internet & mail orders: orders@moonshine.com
Licensing: Licensing@moonshine.com

UK-address:

Moonshine Music
P.O. Box 9021
London W1A ODA
Great Britain
[l29074]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
610 Happy Hardcore Breakbeat - Techno Anthems Chapter Four  album cover Anabolic Frolic Happy Hardcore Breakbeat - Techno Anthems Chapter Four(Cass, Unofficial) Not On Label 610 Ukraine 2000 Sell This Version
6236-2 Club Mix '96 Volume 2  album cover Various Club Mix '96 Volume 2(CD, Mixed) Cold Front 6236-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
82014 Sexual Soul  album cover Pair Of Jacks Sexual Soul(2xFile, FLAC) Moonshine Music 82014 US 2003
82018 Get Up  album cover Donald Glaude Get Up(2xFile, FLAC) Moonshine Music 82018 US 2003
88438 This Man  album cover Kellee This Man(3xFile, WAV, Single, RE) Moonshine Music 88438 US Unknown
0091750COX That Zipper Track  album cover DJ Dan Presents Needle Damage DJ Dan Presents Needle Damage - That Zipper Track(12", 1/2) Worldwide Ultimatum Records 0091750COX UK 1999 Sell This Version
0091760COXP That Zipper Track  album cover DJ Dan That Zipper Track(12", Promo, 02) Ultimate Breaks Ltd 0091760COXP UK 1999 Sell This Version
8471952 Planet Electrica - Protection  album cover Various Planet Electrica - Protection(2xCD, Comp) Virgin 8471952 Spain 1998 Sell This Version
7243 893390 24 Caterpillar  album cover Keoki Caterpillar(CD, Maxi) Moonshine Music, Discore Recordings 7243 893390 24 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
799 007 7326 29 Class Acts Dance Mix  album cover Various Class Acts Dance Mix(CD, Comp) Orchard Lane Music 799 007 7326 29 USA & Canada 1996 Sell This Version
ADCD 20296 Moonshine Mixer No. 1 / Moonshine Mixed  album cover Various Moonshine Mixer No. 1 / Moonshine Mixed(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Angeles Diablo Corporation ADCD 20296 Singapore 1997 Sell This Version
B924057-01 That Zipper Track  album cover DJ Dan That Zipper Track(12", Promo) Moonshine Music B924057-01 US 1999 Sell This Version
BDR CD17 Club Saturn  album cover Various Club Saturn(CD, Comp) Sub Base Records USA, Breakdown Records BDR CD17 US 1996 Sell This Version
BIG3DANCE001 Club Experience Vol 1  album cover DJ X Club Experience Vol 1(CD, Mixed) Big3 Records BIG3DANCE001 US 2002 Sell This Version
BPM 20001-2 That Trance Mix  album cover Christian Dwiggins That Trance Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed) Moonshine Music BPM 20001-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
BPM 20002-2 That Club Mix - The Hottest Club Tracks & Dance Anthems  album cover Christian Dwiggins That Club Mix - The Hottest Club Tracks & Dance Anthems (Comp) BPM 20002-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
BPM 20003-2 That Trance Mix2  album cover Christian Dwiggins That Trance Mix2(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Moonshine Music BPM 20003-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
BR65001-2 Trip Through Sound  album cover Various Trip Through Sound(CD, Comp) Blue Room Americas BR65001-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
BRR 65002-2 Made On Earth  album cover Various Made On Earth(2xCD, Comp) Blue Room Americas BRR 65002-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
CBS 26284 Grote Prijs Van Nederland 1984  album cover Various Grote Prijs Van Nederland 1984(LP, Album) CBS CBS 26284 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
COA 70002-2 The Jazz Headtrip (A Funked Up Journey Into TRIP HOP & ACID JAZZ)  album cover Various The Jazz Headtrip (A Funked Up Journey Into TRIP HOP & ACID JAZZ)(CD, Comp) City Of Angels COA 70002-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
CSR CD 5053 Wild Volume 2  album cover Various Wild Volume 2(2xCD, Comp) Central Station CSR CD 5053 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
CTCR-17010 Together   album cover Electric Skychurch Together (CD, Album) Addict (3), Moonshine Music CTCR-17010 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
DF 026 CD That Zipper Track  album cover DJ Dan That Zipper Track(CD, Maxi) Duty Free Recordings DF 026 CD UK 2001 Sell This Version
DM 40000-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 1: Orlando, Fl.  album cover Kimball Collins United DJs Of America, Vol. 1: Orlando, Fl.(CD, Mixed) DMC America DM 40000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
DM 40000-4 United DJs Of America, Vol. 1: Orlando, Fl.  album cover Kimball Collins United DJs Of America, Vol. 1: Orlando, Fl.(Cass, Mixed, Mixtape) DMC America DM 40000-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
DM 40001-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 2: New York City  album cover 'Little' Louie Vega* United DJs Of America, Vol. 2: New York City(CD, Mixed) DMC America DM 40001-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
DM 40001-4 United DJs Of America, Vol. 2: New York City  album cover 'Little' Louie Vega* United DJs Of America, Vol. 2: New York City(Cass, Mixed) DMC America DM 40001-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
DM 40002-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 3: Philadelphia, PA  album cover Josh Wink United DJs Of America, Vol. 3: Philadelphia, PA(CD, Mixed) DMC America DM 40002-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
DM 40002-4 United DJs Of America, Vol. 3: Philadelphia, PA  album cover Josh Wink United DJs Of America, Vol. 3: Philadelphia, PA(Cass, Mixed) DMC America DM 40002-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
DM 40003-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 4  album cover David Morales & Frankie Knuckles David Morales & Frankie Knuckles - United DJs Of America, Vol. 4(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) DMC America DM 40003-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
DM 40004-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 5: West Coast  album cover Doc Martin United DJs Of America, Vol. 5: West Coast(CD, Mixed) DMC America DM 40004-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
DM 40004-4 United DJs Of America, Vol. 5: West Coast   album cover Doc Martin United DJs Of America, Vol. 5: West Coast (Cass, Mixed) DMC America DM 40004-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
DM 40005-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 6: Brooklyn, NY  album cover Frankie Bones United DJs Of America, Vol. 6: Brooklyn, NY(CD, Mixed) DMC America DM 40005-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
DM 40006-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 7: San Francisco, CA  album cover Jenö* United DJs Of America, Vol. 7: San Francisco, CA(CD, Mixed) DMC America DM 40006-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
DM 40006-4 United DJs Of America, Vol. 7: San Francisco, CA  album cover Jenö* United DJs Of America, Vol. 7: San Francisco, CA(Cass, Mixed) DMC America DM 40006-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
DM 40007-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 8: New York City  album cover Roger Sanchez United DJs Of America, Vol. 8: New York City(CD, Mixed) DMC America DM 40007-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
DM 40008-2 United DJs Of America, Vol. 9: San Francisco  album cover Mark Farina United DJs Of America, Vol. 9: San Francisco(CD, Comp, Mixed) DMC America DM 40008-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
DM40009-2 United DJ's Of America Volume 10: Resonance ‎- Los Angeles  album cover Taylor United DJ's Of America Volume 10: Resonance ‎- Los Angeles(CD, Mixed) DMC America, Mixer DM40009-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
DM40010-2 United DJs Of America Volume 11: My First CD  album cover Cevin Fisher United DJs Of America Volume 11: My First CD(CD, Mixed) DMC America, Mixer DM40010-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
DM40011-2 Mixer In Association With United DJs Of America Presents Murk Starring In Miami Vice  album cover Murk Mixer In Association With United DJs Of America Presents Murk Starring In Miami Vice DM40011-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
DM 40012-2 United DJs Of America - Volume 13: Electro Funk Breakdown  album cover Afrika Bambaataa United DJs Of America - Volume 13: Electro Funk Breakdown (Comp) DM 40012-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
DM40013-2 United DJs Of America - Volume 14  album cover Soul Slinger* United DJs Of America - Volume 14 (Comp) DM40013-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
DRAGNET 182 Back On A Mission  album cover Cirrus Back On A Mission (Album) DRAGNET 182 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
FP 82029-2 Lifetime To Love  album cover Ce Ce Peniston Lifetime To Love (Maxi) FP 82029-2 USA & Canada 2001 Sell This Version
FP84411-2 Circuit Sessions 5: Tribal Trance  album cover Mark Anthony (3) Circuit Sessions 5: Tribal Trance(CD, Comp, Mixed) 4 Play Records Inc. FP84411-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
FP84412-2 Circuit Sessions 6: Peak Hour Miami  album cover Abel Circuit Sessions 6: Peak Hour Miami(CD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) 4 Play Records Inc. FP84412-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
HKS 19002-2 Mixed Messages  album cover Robbie Hardkiss Mixed Messages(CD, Comp, Mixed) Hardkiss HKS 19002-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
hks19003-2 A Gavin Hardkiss Mix "Weekend"  album cover Gavin Hardkiss A Gavin Hardkiss Mix "Weekend"(CD, Mixed) Hardkiss hks19003-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
HKS 19004-2 Yes - A Scott Hardkiss Mix  album cover Scott Hardkiss Yes - A Scott Hardkiss Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed, Sil) Hardkiss HKS 19004-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
M-50020-1 Love American Style  album cover X Calibur* Love American Style(12") Moonshine Music, Innerkore Records M-50020-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
M 50080-1 Techno Truth Volume 1  album cover Various Techno Truth Volume 1(LP, Comp, P/Mixed) Moonshine Music M 50080-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
M-50080-2 Techno Truth Volume I  album cover Various Techno Truth Volume I(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Moonshine Music, Moonshine Music M-50080-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
M 50080-4 Techno Truth Volume 1  album cover Various Techno Truth Volume 1(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Moonshine Music M 50080-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
M 50081-1 Ravin' USA  album cover Various Ravin' USA(LP, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50081-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50081-2 Ravin' USA  album cover Various Ravin' USA(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50081-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M-50081-4 Ravin' USA  album cover Various Ravin' USA(Cass, Comp) Moonshine Music M-50081-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50082-1 Speed Limit 140 BPM+: The Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno  album cover Various Speed Limit 140 BPM+: The Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno(2xLP, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50082-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50082-2 Speed Limit 140 BPM+: The Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno  album cover Various Speed Limit 140 BPM+: The Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno (Comp) M 50082-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50082-4 Various Speed Limit 140 BPM+: The Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno(Cass, Comp, Ltd, S/Edition) Moonshine Music M 50082-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M-50083-2 Hit The Decks Volume 1 - Techno DJs Take Control  album cover Various Hit The Decks Volume 1 - Techno DJs Take Control(CD, Mixed) Moonshine Music, Moonshine Music M-50083-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50083-4 Hit The Decks Volume 1 - Techno DJs Take Control  album cover Various Hit The Decks Volume 1 - Techno DJs Take Control(Cass, Mixed) Moonshine Music M 50083-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50084-2 Speed Limit 140 BPM+ Two: More Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno  album cover Various Speed Limit 140 BPM+ Two: More Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50084-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50084-4 Speed Limit 140 BPM+ Two: More Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno  album cover Various Speed Limit 140 BPM+ Two: More Sounds Of London Hardcore Techno(Cass, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50084-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50085-1 A Taste Of Hard Trance  album cover Various A Taste Of Hard Trance(12", Comp) Harthouse America, Moonshine Music M 50085-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50085-2 Harthouse America - A Taste Of Hard Trance  album cover Various Harthouse America - A Taste Of Hard Trance(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music, Harthouse America M 50085-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50085-4 Harthouse America - A Taste Of Hard Trance  album cover Various Harthouse America - A Taste Of Hard Trance(Cass, Comp, Cle) Harthouse America, Moonshine Music M 50085-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50086-2 Journeys By DJ - Billy Nasty Mix  album cover Billy Nasty Journeys By DJ - Billy Nasty Mix(CD, Mixed) Moonshine Music M 50086-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50087-2 Digital Odyssey - A Cybersonic Adventure  album cover Various Digital Odyssey - A Cybersonic Adventure(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50087-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50087-4 Digital Odyssey - A Cybersonic Adventure  album cover Various Digital Odyssey - A Cybersonic Adventure(Cass, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50087-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50088-2 Hi-Tech/No Crime - Yellow Magic Orchestra Reconstructed  album cover Yellow Magic Orchestra Hi-Tech/No Crime - Yellow Magic Orchestra Reconstructed(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music, Moonshine Music M 50088-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50088-4 Hi-Tech/No Crime - Yellow Magic Orchestra Reconstructed  album cover Yellow Magic Orchestra Hi-Tech/No Crime - Yellow Magic Orchestra Reconstructed(Cass, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50088-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50089-2 The Universe Compilation: Sounds Of The World's Most Progressive Dance Party Organization  album cover Various The Universe Compilation: Sounds Of The World's Most Progressive Dance Party Organization(CD, Comp, Mixed) Moonshine Music M 50089-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50089-4 The Universe Compilation: Sounds Of The World's Most Progressive Dance Party Organization  album cover Various The Universe Compilation: Sounds Of The World's Most Progressive Dance Party Organization(Cass, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50089-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50090-1 TB Resuscitation  album cover Hardfloor TB Resuscitation (Album) M 50090-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M50090-2 TB Resuscitation  album cover Hardfloor TB Resuscitation(CD, Album) Moonshine Music, Moonshine Music M50090-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M50090-4 TB Resuscitation  album cover Hardfloor TB Resuscitation(Cass, Album) Moonshine Music, Harthouse America M50090-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50091-2 Speed Limit 140 BPM+ Three: The Joint  album cover Various Speed Limit 140 BPM+ Three: The Joint(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50091-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50091-4 Speed Limit 140 BPM+ Three: The Joint  album cover Various Speed Limit 140 BPM+ Three: The Joint(Cass, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50091-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50092-2 Cream Of Tomato  album cover Various Cream Of Tomato(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50092-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
m50092-4 Cream Of...Tomato Records  album cover Various Cream Of...Tomato Records(Cass, Album) Tomato Records, Moonshine Music m50092-4 UK 1993 Sell This Version
M 50093-2 Dancekult - These Are Hooj Choons  album cover Various Dancekult - These Are Hooj Choons(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50093-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50093-4 Turntable Tastemakers 2 - These Are Hooj Choons  album cover Various Turntable Tastemakers 2 - These Are Hooj Choons(Cass, Comp) Moonshine Music M 50093-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
M50094-2 Journeys By DJ Volume Two: Judge Jules Mix  album cover Judge Jules Journeys By DJ Volume Two: Judge Jules Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed) Moonshine Music M50094-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 50095-2 Possible Future EP  album cover Arpeggiators Possible Future EP(CD, EP) Planet Earth Recordings, Planet Earth Recordings, Moonshine Music M 50095-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
M 55300-1 I Believe  album cover Lunatic Fringe I Believe M 55300-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55301-1 Bimbo  album cover Vox Bimbo(12") Moonshine Music M 55301-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55304-1 Take Me Away (Paradise)  album cover Mix Factory Take Me Away (Paradise)(12") Moonshine Music M 55304-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55304-1 Never Felt This Way  album cover Jem 77 Never Felt This Way(12") Moonshine Music M 55304-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55304-2 Take Me Away (Paradise)  album cover Mix Factory Take Me Away (Paradise)(CD, Maxi) Moonshine Music M 55304-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55306-1 I Believe  album cover Lunatic Fringe I Believe(12") Moonshine Music M 55306-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55306-2 I Believe  album cover Lunatic Fringe I Believe(CD, Maxi) Moonshine Music M 55306-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55307-1 Acperience  album cover Hardfloor Acperience(12") Harthouse America, Moonshine Music M 55307-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55308-1 I Can See Clearly  album cover Bless This House I Can See Clearly(12") Moonshine Music M 55308-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55308-2 I Can See Clearly Now  album cover Bless This House I Can See Clearly Now(CD, Maxi) Moonshine Music M 55308-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55309-1 Pioneers Of The Universe  album cover The Hypnotist Pioneers Of The Universe(12") Moonshine Music M 55309-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55310-1 Transformation  album cover Transform Transformation(12") Moonshine Music M 55310-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55312-1 Reconstructions  album cover Yellow Magic Orchestra Reconstructions(12", Smplr) Moonshine Music M 55312-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
M 55314-1 How Does It Make You Feel  album cover Homegrown* How Does It Make You Feel(12") Moonshine Music M 55314-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
MAN 50000-2 HeadTravel  album cover Various HeadTravel(CD, Comp, Enh) Man Made Media MAN 50000-2 US 1995 Sell This Version

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sekond

sekond

October 4, 2016
I like many others are very sentimentally nostalgic about this label. While back in the 90s and early 2000s I never really purchased music based on labels, a lot of my CDs and artists that I followed were associated with Moonshine. The great thing about Moonshine was the wide array of electronic genres they had. While I never purchased any of their compilation albums I did buy mixes from artists and DJs that I followed.

Also, if anyone is curious what exactly happened to them, this is what I found:
Posted 2005-
"Moonshine Record went out of business several years ago. They were at one time the biggest and most respected Electronic indie label in America. Owned by Brothers Steve and Jon Levy (both originally from the UK) they had a great run. Trouble started around 2002 when their main distributer screwed them out of loads of money for product sold, that coupled with the downturn in Dance Music sales (today a sad fraction of the soundscan numbers dance did across the board up until 2001/2002)put them in bad shape.

They continued to release loads of compilations up until 2 years ago but then started stiffing people on the music they licensed in, it got to the point where no labels of any genre wanted to license them music for their Mix and DJ compilations. I believe DJ Dan was the last CD they properly released.

They kept selling the stock they had on hand and as it runs out it is gone.

Moonshine owners John and Steve Levy also own BPM magazine and the Djmixed.com brand , which is run by BPM, but Moonshine is gone."

Posted by AK1200 in 2009-
"moonshine owed tons of money to artists, including myself, and shit started going downhill, i.e tower records closed etc, and they filed for bankruptcy and got out of paying thousands of owed royalties to loads of people. i lost about 15k with them, and am sure big people like carl cox lost a lot more......

it was absolutely the catalyst for my entire career and success from 97 to 2001 though, so am happy to have been a big part of that even though i had so much owed to me.....

nothing has been the same since really, no other label crosses so many genres in a way they did, and they promoted, you could guarantee you would see a moonshine ad on the back cover of almost every music mag in the USA...."
DJ_Mordredd

DJ_Mordredd

April 21, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
When I got into the electronic scene back in the mid nineties I dove into many of the big names at the time and after I got into broadcasting Moonshine was my first stop when it came to ordering the newest and coolest cuts at the time along with a few other record companies. It was a sad day when Moonshine shut down and many DJ's and artists scattered off to other labels or went independent or simply vanished because they couldn't get into a good deal with another label!
I still slide back into some of the old tracks of yesteryear and sometimes younger folks ask where I got my tunes from. Many newer acts today are pretty good but I miss the sound of freshly opened vinyl and the gritty old school club sounds when it was new and cool and not all cookie cutter, over mixed and over done. Moonshine is surely missed by many of us older DJ.s!
Richard_23

Richard_23

April 3, 2010
Moonshine temporarily revived my habit of consuming music on disc shaped media, albeit smaller and shinier than the kind that I used to rabidly collect. Even with the totally unjustifiable markup arbitrarily and greedily demanded by the parasitic swill that control the music industry, may they all rot in hells of their own making, I regularly purchased Moonshine offerings to discover new music in my post-club era.

It worked for me and for the most part, other the painful ear bleeding caused by Mixed Live: Moonshine Overamerica, San Francisco (CD) through no fault of AK1200, my Moonshine discs are great. Much pain can be had by randomly sampling the unbearable Happy Hardcore series as well. Only slightly more painful than http://trololololololololololo.com/ Truly cringeworthy.

I was sad to hear of the label's passing, which happened shortly after my disposable income dried up. I hope my inability to keep spending insane amounts of cash had nothing to do with the untimely death of one of the truly decent 1990s era labels. Moonshine, along with Red Rhino Records, Fifth Colvmn Records and Wax Trax, will be missed.

Happily worthwhile product at a reasonable price still floods the market thanks to Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, EMI and Satan. Not. The sooner these vultures all die in a fire, the better. IMHO.
Sykonee

Sykonee

June 29, 2007
edited over 13 years ago
Moonshine could always be counted on for variety and quality in the 90s. House, trance, techno, jungle, breaks, ambient... it was incredibly rare to see any label indulge in every aspect electronic music offered. Never so underground that they'd release complete unknowns, yet never quite commercial enough to be accepted by the mainstream, they stradled the line as credibly as any label.

That changed at the turn of the century though. Seeing how club culture was having great success in America, Moonshine decided to go for the brass ring and began to reformat their strategy in the same vein as Britain's mega-labels. It proved to be their undoing.
DJ_zen

DJ_zen

October 16, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
I remember back in 1997 that this was THE label. I saw an ad on TV for Keoki's new (at the time) album and nearly pissed myself. It was very shortly thereafter that I got the sense they were going in a very stupid direction. For me, the beginning of the end was That Trance Mix, which was so painfully generic and bland I couldn't give it away fast enough. And I'm a trance DJ. That should tell you something. They later followed up with Luv 2 Trance and Trance Classics. It was like watching someone photoshop a great work of art and add nothing but cheesy effects. They released some wonderful tracks in their time, but in their latter years they fell into the awful slump we call "mainstream". Not they Moonshine was ever the saviour of the underground, but they lost all their clout when they started releases Ferry Corsten's stuff. And again, I'm a trance DJ. That should tell you something. They will be sorely missed.
ferry-is-my-god

ferry-is-my-god

June 27, 2002
I agree that the early moonshine records were very good, but I feel that this label has caught up too much in the commercial aspect of electronic music. I mean, I discovered awesome dj's like D:Fuse and Ferry Corsten from moonshine records, but now it seems they just churn out mediocre albums that don't have much depth to them. I recommend staying away from moonshine if you want really good quality trance and house, etc.