There is nothing more warming, more exciting and fulfilling than watching a labour of love develop and succeed. That’s exactly what Gordon Mackinnon’s Invisible inc. is doing - growing and changing with a creative encouragement. Gordon talks about music for ‘the periphery’, and he’s right, it is all that, but it’s also organically grown from an inquisitive core, invisibly radiating out like those peaceful atoms - reaching out indefinitely. As per all the essential electronic imprints - such a range of sounds can be found here, but if there was a blanket to throw over them all, it would be psychedelic, it would be immensely textural and it would be enlightening. We can’t talk about Invisible’s music without talking about colour and design: Gordon’s vision is palpable in all this; a cross disciplinary symbiosis is essential for creative success. The term ‘disparate cohesion’ could be used here, and there is also a tangible non-professional strand running though it all that makes us all feel very at home and reassured.
Where are you from?
What do you do?
Manage Invisible Inc….DJ….bird watcher…..gardener :)
Earliest musical memory?
I discovered classical and World music through my mother when i was a little boy but my earliest memories of what resonated directly with ME are watching Top Of The Pops on TV….I think I got into pop and rock like just about any other kid back then but it wasn’t until I heard Adam & the Ants that my ears really pricked up. I got obsessed. “Kings of the Wild Frontier” was the first 7” that I ever bought with my own pocket money, aged 8…and then discovering things like Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Cure and Bauhaus. My second record was Southern Death Cult LP….my third record “Smell Of Female” by The Cramps….then the dam burst and I bought more and more……I’d accumulated quite a few records by the time I got kicked out of the home aged 17. The rest is history
Why did you start a record label?
I ask myself that same question on a regular basis
How would you describe the label’s sound?
There are certain “genres” within the label’s output: ambient, post-disco, psych rock, techno even……but I think they all have one or two things in common….a thread running through each release, namely there is always an organic or analogue element: transportive music that allows you to escape to somewhere else
Some insight on the mix you recorded?
At first I decided to only pick records that existed prior to 2015, the year the label started. In other words I interpreted it as using the mix as an opportunity to showcase what HAD inspired its birth. Then I thought, fuck this weird limitation I’ve imposed on myself….there is so much great music being released NOW that I want to put on it. Besides, the label is constantly evolving so it would be weird to say the influences stopped after the label started. So in the end it encapsulated as much as I could possibly bring into it and despite it’s diversity, it’s still quite niche…