After finding success as a musician, Andy Votel is now best known as the brains behind Twisted Nerve and Finders Keepers Records. Andy’s obsession with music also continues into his career as a producer, his extensive record collection (7000 and counting) and his work designing record sleeves.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a graphic designer, an archivist, a DJ, a writer, and a radio presenter, and I’ve been running record labels my entire life. I generally just try and stay out of mischief by hiding away in record shops and keeping myself to myself. The name Andrew Votel is an acronym for Violators of the English Language, which was a graffiti crew I was in.
It stands for breaking down and destroying the English language. So, it’s no freak accident that later in life I started trawling the world for Hungarian records, or Italian records, or South American, Persian and Turkish records. That’s what I’m known for now as a DJ, but the core of my name is very English.