Esp Institute represents the label run by Andrew Hogge aka Lovefingers based in New York and launched in 2009.
New York’s DJ Lovefingers, AKA Andrew Hogge, is a busy guy. Running record labels Black Disco and ESP Institute (who will be releasing a mix CD with Melbourne’s own Misha Hollenbach from PAM), collaborating with everyone from Ariel Pink to The Phenomenal Handclap band, working alongside Lee Douglas as The Stallions, playing at fashion parties hosted by the likes of Henrik Vibskov and Diane Pernet and managing his own children’s clothing label – true story – he has racked up an impressive and diverse resume. Riding high on the recent disco-revival wave, Lovefingers serves up warm beats perfect for a summer’s day lounging by the pool, and that’s where you’ll find him this Sunday as he hosts the Pagesdigital Christmas party at Marco Polo at the Ivy.
While the tracks stopped on New Year’s Eve, 2009, the influence of Lovefingers in the world of music remains. The one-time drummer for Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti is now remixing tracks for the band, as well as The Canyons. In his spare time, however, he moonlights as a children’s clothing designer; ESP no.1, an offshoot of his ESP Institute record label which was founded after the birth of Hogge’s first child, Jaspar.
Behind every great label there is a strong curatorial hand, an individual or group whose singular or collective vision helps guide their labour of love onwards with memorable and compelling results. Andrew ‘Lovefingers’ Hogge has done just this with ESP Institute, a label whose impressive output from an international cast of friends and like minded individuals transcends simple categorisation but feels perfectly at home. Emboldened by a strong visual aesthetic that’s been the work of one person throughout, ESP Institute has casually attained the kind of revered status that makes it easy to forget Hogge only founded the label roughly three years ago.
The ESP roster currently stands at it’s strongest; recent debut turns from Tornado Wallace and Pharoahs have followed an impressive calender year where the likes of Weatherall, Vandervolgen, Beautiful Swimmers and Secret Circuit were asked to curse Soft Rocks, Land Of Light released a highly celebrated debut album, Young Marco offered further evidence of his production prowess and the unheralded Michael Ozone stuck in people’s minds. Of course Hogge did not arrive out of nowhere with this label vision in mind, his reputation as a tastemaker was already well established via the Lovefingers site which he founded 5 years previously and an internationally renowned reputation for his DJ sets filled with weird and wonderful music.
While dance music imprint ESP Institute functions both in NYC and L.A., they’re at their curatorial best when unearthing talent from around the world, be it Japan’s COS/MES, Australia’s Michael Ozone, or Amsterdam’s Young Marco.