Profile: Ninja Tune

"I'd say design comes a very close second to the music," says Kevin Foakes, aka DJ Food, aka Openmind, aka Strictly Kev, graphic designer at Ninja Tune, one of the most eclectic and well-respected independent labels to come out of the UK.

Ninja Tune was set up in 1990 by Matt Black and Jon Moore, better known as DJ duo Coldcut. Foakes fills us in: "The music they were interested in making was a fast-moving, ever-evolving hybrid of many genres, and this didn't make them easily pigeon-holed - a thing that major labels like to do so they can wheel you out if you fit the current trend. They were making a lot of records under different guises and in multiple styles that they wanted to release before they got stale. The majors don't work like that - they have long release schedules and prioritise high-sellers."

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