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Slaapwel Records is a small record label specialized in music to fall asleep to. Often I find myself lying awake in bed, not sleepy enough to fall asleep, not lively enough to keep doing stuff. I figured it would be good if there was more music that soundtracks the thin border between being asleep and lying awake, deliberately choosing the sleepy side of things. So I set out, looking for people that would be good at making mind-soothing songs. I ask them to write a sleep-inducing record, I listen to it, and when I fail to reach the end because I fell asleep, I release it as a musical record. All artists are various people I met through the years, different yet all connected with their unique talent. I think they are very good at making "boring" music. This is not an insult. I love their music to death and I think they are all very capable of making wonderful sleep-inducing songs. In any case, don't make too much of it. It is all just good fun. Sleepy fun.

Demo Policy

We're really humbled by all the requests for releasing a record. It's very flattering you think Slaapwel could be a good home, but, in all honesty: if you made an album and you're looking for a label to release it: Slaapwel can't do that for you. Slaapwel only releases albums specifically made for people to fall asleep to. Much like scientists, we do a test with each submission before releasing it. If you want to make something special, feel free to send it over. We promise we'll try it out, if it works, we'll get back to you, if it doesn't, we prefer staying quiet because it is no fun to say it didn't work. :-) 

Entries in Labelnights (2)


Slaapwel Labelnights

I'm happy to announce three more Slaapwel Nights in two cities.

First up is RENNES, FRANCE with performances by Greg Haines, Simon Scott & Wouter van Veldhoven. This will take place on the 14th of October, 2011. More info at: - with a big thank you to Damien, Cyril & cultures Electroni[k]

In 2012 - February 23rd & 24th to be exact - you can be sure to find a good place to sleep in MECHELEN, BELGIUM for another round of Slaapwel sleep-ins. The 24th is already sold out, but there are still some tickets left for the 23rd. Besides Peter Broderick there are still 2 artists to be announced. More info & tickets over at: - with a big thank you to Brendan, Waldo & CC Mechelen.

Right now Ulrike, Jo & I are simultaneously working on 4 releases for Slaapwel, we hope to put out 2 before the end of the year.

Also, have you heard steinbrüchel's Narrow? It might be my favourite record of 2011 so far. Especially in terms of quiet goodness.




Some Pictures of the Labelnights

The labelnights were awesome! I might write a more elaborate review of that later. Here are three pictures of the room, right before the audience was allowed to get in. I didn't take any pictures during the concerts/night for the simple reason that the sound of my shutter was louder than the music! (Also, these pictures are a lot brighter than the actual lighting in the room). It was lovely. Hopefully we can do this again some time ...