Full Time Hobby came into life in 2004, set up by Nigel Adams and Wez. They had met at Mushroom Records / Infectious Records and decided to start a label when it was clear that Mushroom was going to be sell out to Warner Brothers. Inspired by labels like the original Jac Holzman era Elektra Records, Creation Records and Rough Trade Records they wanted to start a label that championed original and creative new music that they loved and didn’t see finding a home elsewhere.

The first release as Full Time Hobby was the EP ‘Alive With Pleasure’ by Portland, Oregon based duo Viva Voce who went on to release another two albums and a compilation for the label. In 2005 the label made a pivotal signing with the band Tunng who they had known through their involvement with Full Time Hobby’s Tim & Jeff Buckley inspired compilation ‘Dream Brother’. Tunng have so far released three albums for the label as well as spawning side projects The Accidental, formed by Tunng co-founder Sam Genders alongside Stephen Cracknall, Liam Bailey and Hannah Caughlin and the soon to be released side project of co-founder Mike Lindsay titled Cheek Mountain Thief. Sam Genders left Tunng in 2008 and has since gone on to form a new act, Diagrams, signed to Full Time Hobby in 2011 and due to release their debut album in January 2012.

In 2006 FTH started working with The Hold Steady through a connection with Vagrant Records. They went on to release the band’s third album Boys & Girls In America, followed shortly by the re-release of the band’s first two albums, Almost Killed Me and Separation Sunday, via a license an agreement with US label French Kiss.

2007 saw Full Time Hobby sign White Denim, a then unknown Texan trio, having been sent demos by the bands manager. They went on to work with the band on the debut album Workout Holiday released in 2008 prior to any US release and follow up album Fits a year later.

The Leisure Society signed with the label in 2009 and the label promptly re-issued their debut album The Sleeper, feted with two Ivor Novello Awards nominations. This was followed in 2011 by the release of their second album Into The Murky Water.

New signings to the label that will see the light of day in 2012 include DIAGRAMS, with the debut album Black Light. Danish band Pinkunoizu who will release their debut ‘Free Time’ in March 2012 and Canadian indie-garage heads Hooded Fang with their album ‘Tosta Mista’.

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