After 4 years of creating a label emphasis on letting the music speak for itself and only unveiling artist names two months after release date, the artists behind Cod3 QR can be revealed as Laurent Garnier and Scan X – both delivering a track on the label’s forthcoming 10th release.
Explaining the story behind Cod3 QR’s inception, Laurent explains, “It all started 4 years ago when we were heading to a party with Stephane (aka Scan X) and EPM’s Oliver Way. Oliver popped the question straight after picking us up at the train station: “I think you two guys should do a new label with us at EPM.” At first we laughed as we thought it was a crazy idea… then we quickly brushed the question away: “a label nowadays – have you gone completely out of your mind??”. Oliver tried to argue a bit with us, but we were having none of it. End of discussion. Then we all had a great party! On our flight back to Marseille, with Stephane we couldn’t resist anymore : “What if this, and what if that??!!” As we landed 40 minutes later, the concept was written, the label’s name was decided and we already had a huge list of artists to get in touch with. We knew it was a crazy idea, but now we had to convince Oliver.”
Stéphane Dri a.k.a. Scan X is one of the original pioneers of the French techno scene. His career began in 1993 when he released his first two EPs on FNAC MUSIC before signing to the now legendary F Communications run by Eric Morand and Mnsr. Garnier.
Talking about Cod3 QR, Scan X states, “During those last 3 years, it was a big challenge to keep the secret of who was behind the label. Of course It was also a lot of fun! Having the music at the heart of the proposal without dropping any names was also a challenging odyssey, especially nowadays where social media and artist’s names are sometimes considered more important than the music itself. But all the artists played the game by agreeing with the philosophy behind the label, that their names had to be coded during the first two months of their release. So a big big thanks to them for trusting us… And it’s not the end of the game!!!“
The pair have both contributed to the label’s tenth release alongside Italian producers Speaking Minds & Amarcord as well as Uruguay’s very own Diego Infanzon.
‘Cod3 QR 010‘ is out now and available to purchase here.
1. Laurent Garnier – How d’ya like your beef
2. Speaking Minds & Amarcord – Poliritmo
3. Scan X – Internal
4. Diego Infanzon – Bye Bye