WE COME IN PEACE BLUE ROOM RELEASED - BLUE ROOM GOES GLOBAL
These were incredibly creative times; with many people becoming part of the Blue Room to grow its capability to deliver unique experiences through music, photography, artwork, and events. The diversity of musician identities enabled some great collaborations and commissions with visual artists such as psychedelic painter Brahma, who created the image used for the cover of Saafi Brothers and The Infinity Project’s Mystical Experiences. Renowned sleeve designers such as Andrew Sutton worked on the original house bag design, while Richie Burridge (long time visual collaborator with Plaid) collaborated on the first Trip Through Sound, Etnica, Sun Kings, Saafi Brothers, Koxbox and Alien. In fact, the first collaborations were late nights sat with Richie working together on albums like Total Eclipse’s Violent Relaxation with Richie patiently working hard incorporating my ideas and images with his own. In fact, I’m grateful for the patience of all the people I collaborated with in the early days. I was quite particular and protective of the Blue Room and always spent time adjusting people's senses to its wavelength. This was where I cultivated my digital art designing record covers, adverts, posters merchandise and other visual imagery.
Signs of life was my first real experiment in broadening the style of the sound of the Blue Room. It was a chance to take it back to the roots that first inspired me, the sounds of LX Paterson and the Orb. From a foundation of techno music, we experimented with dub, electro, ambiance and breakbeat. By the time of the final release in 2001, we widened the music styles further with Freekstyle an album that introduced new artist Acidrockers and his trademark drum & bass sound. We had released over 100 records when Blue Room Released had started to reach its zenith, uniting this broad range of electronic styles. We even touched upon some local UK chart success with Juno Reactor only for the whole label to disappear silently without a trace.