The Home Normal team is made up entirely of friends who work outside their own work hours to help things run smoothly. Of course, there have been many people who have helped us along the way, but here is the present team:
Text Editor - Matt
Matt works as a university professor at Rikkyo University, Tokyo. Matt and Ian meet up every week for pizza, despite swearing they should try different places. They've also known each other for far too long.
Translation - Bonnie / Leonora / Makiko
Bonnie has been working on parts of the site which will be translated into Japanese for early 2014 (to tie in with our anniversary). She lives down the road from Ian and Lee, and loves scuba diving. She also works as a translator/reader for NHK news, Japan.
Leonora is Ian's wife and helps in many aspects of the label. She works on small translation texts for news in Japan with Ian.
Makiko is a good friend of all three and very kindly checks all texts for packages, site and blogs before they go online.
Curator / Membership Accounts / Site / Package Design / Web Design / Mastering / Shows - Ian
Ian set-up the label towards the end of 2008. He's a sound engineer, musician and teacher and lives in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently working on his paper in spirituality through music, with a focus on 'tribal ritualisation' music.
Assistant Curator / Shows / Membership Accounts / News - Ben
Ben helped Ian to set-up the label and joined at the beginning of 2009. Ben and Ian hang out all the time when they are in the UK, driving in Ben's car while they listen to demos and generally smile in wonderment at the beauty of the works they have been lucky enough to have been involved in. Ben's a musician and IT expert. He lives in Amersham, UK and recently came back as assistant curator for the label after a hiatus of three years. He's a right knob twiddler.
Live Show Film Direction and Technician / Installation Art Direction - Ed
Ed is a dear friend who happens to be one of the most talented musicians, film makers and visual directors around today. He set up The Sancho Plan group who perform large scale interactive music-film projects around the world, was one of the creators of the wonderful Summerton Mill stop-motion animated series for the BBC, and most recently was one of the key visual creators in the London Olympics and Paralympics highly praised opening and closing ceremonies. Ed works with us as a film director and technician for live shows, as well as co-directing installation work in 2014 with Ian for Home Normal.
Design 2009 to 2011 - Jeremy
Jeremy runs the excellent Expermedia label and store in Ohio, USA. Jeremy did all the design for Home Normal between 2009 and 2011. He is a super talented musician, photographer, designer, and show promoter.
Design 2012 to present - Christian
Christian is the man behind the Resting Bell and Humming Conch labels, as well as being a highly respected designer. He lives in Berlin, Germany with his very talented illustrator girlfriend, Kati. He has been putting the designs in place with Ian for NKR since its inception and started the new designs for Home Normal in 2012. The new slimline card packages we introduced with the recent Chronovalve release were designed by Christian and Ian, and will be the packaging format throughout 2013 and 2014.
Japan shows - Wataru / Yasuhiko / CMFLG / Shintaro / Ian
Wataru and Ian have known each other since their London days, moons ago now. Wataru is a highly respected music producer, show promoter and label owner (Hz Records), and has helped Home Normal put on the odd show in Japan before. He's a huge supporter of the label and is the guy who will be setting up all future Home Normal shows in Japan.
Yasuhiko is also known as the artist aus, as well as the Flau label curator. He has very kindly put Home Normal / Flau events before with us, and is a highly respected promoter in Japan for local and international artists alike.
CMFLG are an amazing group of chaps who run various events and festivals in Japan. They were the first people to put on Home Normal related shows, and helped with the founding of the Home Normal label as they introduced us to Library Tapes.
Shintaro is the curator of the Mizukage netlabel and regularly hosts small events in Saitama and Tokyo. He first organised the shows Ian played at in the Awan Cafe, Omiya. It was here that Home Normal started to take shape as Ian met many different artists through Shintaro and his excellent nights he used to hold here.
UK shows - Ben / Ian / Leonora / Jonathan / Katie / Antony / Ed
Ian and Lee are the husband and wife team behind Home Normal. Originally from the UK, they go back a couple of times a year for a 'holiday' but always find themselves putting on shows in London.
Ben is the co-curator of the Home Normal label and if you've been to any of our events, he's the guy cracking Ian up while being on the door or selling CD's.
Jonathan is the curator of the super Hibernate Records label. We've put on a good few shows together now, and its always a pleasure. Even when we aren't directly working with Hibernate, Jonathan is helping out on the nights in various capacities and the events wouldn't have been possible without him.
Katie is the artist known as Isnaj Dui, the curator of the FBox label, and the promoter of the Recluse nights in London. She has been a huge help at all the shows we've had in the UK, both as a regular artist, a promoter, and with all round duties on the nights.
Antony is the artist formely known as Konntinent, and currently in Paco Sala. Ant organised the bulk of our events in the first few years, and now helps out still on the nights with performances, DJing, sound tech and more.
Ed is a wonderful artist in his own right and recently helped us out as the sound engineer for our Vortex show. He has released work on Hibernate and will be releasing with Home Normal next year. Ian and Ed are the two non-house sound engineers now for all future shows.
Store - Aki, Wataru ('Wata'), Ian, Leonora
The HN store is run by Aki and Wataru (nickname 'Wata'...not the same Wataru as before). They process 90% of the orders, although sometimes Ian and Leonora will send orders out from their home (usually for new stock). Aki and Wataru are from New York and Manchester respectively but spend the bulk of their time in Tokyo as artists and designers. Both are massively into electronic music and are the new curators of NKR as well.
Accounts - James
James is our accountant when he finds the time from his incredibly busy job. He is based between London and New York, and has worked for some huge labels as his specialisation is the music industry. He's totally confused as to why we'd run a label at a loss, but finds the difference in our ethos to his own work refreshing, which is nice.
There are obviously a lot more people who have been involved over the years; too many to mention in fact. A huge thanks to everyone who has made Home Normal what it is today.