the SPILL label

about Spill

Spill is an ongoing project to facilitate independent music.


The label was started in the eighties by a loose group of Brisbane musicians as a way of keeping a permanent contact address for records released by ourselves and others. Since the early 90s it has mostly been run by Greg Wadley.

first Spill compilation
first Spill compilation

The first release on the Spill label itself was a compilation cassette of Australian bands released in 1991. The second and third Spill compilations were released on cd in 1993 and 1995. As well as this series Spill has co-released several theme compilations, which are available on the compilations page, and a few albums by individual bands.

At first the Spill presence consisted of photocopied mail-order catalogues placed inside record sleeves. We had a website in 1994 - early for a music label - with help from Melbourne Uni computer scientist Richard Hagen. Our first website was text-only, designed for the Lynx browser. See our news archive for historical items from back then.

The Spill studio has carried out recording and mastering for many bands and labels.

Mission Statement

Spill 8-track (90s)
90s-era Spill 8-track

Throughout its history the aim of Spill has been to do whatever is useful to facilitate the production and dissemination of music by people with no budget. This is motivated by the belief that the independent music scene produces some of the most innovative culture despite an almost complete absence of cash-flow.

Spill aims to embrace the future rather than the past, and the label released its last physical album in 2008. Releasing music for free doesn't mean it shouldn't sound good: on the contrary, being able to produce good music without crippling costs is more important than ever and is still Spill's main reason for being.


email gregwadley at gmail dot com or write to

po box 1434
Vic 3053