Spill 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.
The first release by the Spill label itself was a compilation cassette of Australian bands produced in 1992. 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 and 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 then Melbourne Uni computer scientist Richard Hagen. The first version was text-only, designed for the Lynx browser. See our news archive for historical items back to 1994.
Through the Spill studio Greg has done recording and mastering for many bands and labels.
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 online 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