Origninally based in the naturally beautiful and vibrant town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, hibernate was established almost a decade ago, and our catalogue to date contains well in excess of a hundred releases. Music enthusiast Jonathan Lees started the label in 2009 at a time when piracy was rife. It was a difficult period for smaller record labels, and outlets selling physical formats were struggling. Hibernate has never been in it for the money though, we are a tiny not for profit label that operates from a bedroom in spare time; it’s all about showing our love and appreciation for underground ambient, experimental acts and their music; and creating packages that will be cherished by collectors for a long time to come.
Jonathan was inspired at the outset by the handful of small labels — Earworm, Wurlitzer Jukebox and a few others — that put out 7” singles and EPs during the ‘90s. Hibernate’s schedule, with its limited numbers and aesthetic of hand-designed, numbered and carefully packaged releases, is indicative of the love and attention to detail that Jonathan has invested in the label. The assembly of artists on Hibernate are united by a clear sense of organically-drawn simplicity; a fusion of the naturalistic and technological.
On our roster and in our library you will find a collection of artists from the UK and around the world. UK acts include: Olan Mill, Caught In The Wake Forever, Isnaj Dui, Ian Hawgood, Autistici, Clem Leek, Wil Bolton, Konntinent, Antonymes, Spheruleus, Northerner, Talvihorros, Danny Saul, Memory Drawings, Glen Johnson and others. Our international artists are of the highest calibre and include: offthesky, Yann Novak, Field Rotation, Federico Durand, Chihei Hatakeyama, Felicia Atkinson, Danny Clay, Hakobune, Porya Hatami and many others.
Hibernate also has a long history of supporting good causes. Our ‘Kanshin’ compilation raised in excess of £800 for Japanese earthquake relief funds in 2011. £2000 was also sent to the British Red Cross for the Nepal earthquake relief in 2015; the proceeds of our ‘Dayalu’ collection. ‘Paws For Thought’ raised hundreds of pounds for the Free the Bears charity in 2013 and most recently our ‘Prietenii’ compilation, launched in 2016, raised £500 for the Romanian Stray Dogs appeal. At hibernate we believe there should be more humanity towards animals and where possible we do whatever we can to help. With every release we donate 100% of our profit to the World Animal Protection Charity.
We regularly put on live shows between West Yorkshire and London. An array of artists have performed for us so far, including: Library Tapes, Relmic Statute, Svarte Greiner, Machinefabriek, Simon Scott, Pimmon, The Boats, Clem Leek, Talvihorros, Ithaca Trio, Isnaj Dui, Konntinnent, Ian Hawgood, Wil Bolton, Listening Mirror, Hybernation, Caught In The Wake Forever, Jasper TX, Danny Saul, Mark Templeton and many more.
An archive of all our releases can be found on discogs.
Contact and demo policy:
We are currently not accepting demos for albums however we are always on the look out for new artists for our postcard CDr series. Please get in touch using the form below.