Gearbox Records Runs on the Adoration of Music


Stationed behind an unassuming brick facade is the home of the label and analog mastering studio that has helped lead the London jazz resurgence during the past five years, releasing the debut record for saxophone-drum duo Binker and Moses, as well as recordings from percussionist Sarathy Korwar and tuba player Theon Cross.

Venture into the studio and you’ll likely find its founder, Darrel Sheinman, in a workman’s coat, tinkering with a reel-to-reel tape machine, surrounded by vinyl stock and working on at least three things at once. An ex-punk drummer, Sheinman founded the label in 2009 with the ethos of “releasing music to create the best possible sound.” He believes that “if you record and master something beautifully, you can convince people to enjoy it much more.”

It’s a conviction that’s paid off for Sheinman, who has taken his label from releasing a small selection of BBC archival jazz recordings to selling out a newly discovered Thelonious Monk live set last year, as well as producing sessions for Butcher Brown and Nitin Sawhney.

Read the feature in Downbeat Magazine.

[This piece was published on 01/08/19]