Test Pressing was founded in October 2008 by Paul Byrne a.k.a Apiento and exists at the intersection of music, design and art. Originally we covered and promoted mixes channeling a sound that stemmed from the balearic sound of Ibiza in the mid to late 80s but this has now expanded to a modern ‘anything goes’ attitude. We promote music that we find interesting and inspiring and share that which we feel passionate about.

Our website consists of three key areas – Magazine, Mixes and Archive. Our magazine is home to our reviews, news, event information, interviews and anything of interest to us. The mixes contains an ever growing archive of 100s of mixes brought to you by some of the finest DJs and selectors around. The archive is a home to scans of anything that we feel contributes to a history of our culture and understand of how we got here.

Test Pressing Merchandise

Test Pressing have been producing merchandise since its inception. From the infamous ‘Got Any Chris Rea?’ tee to many designs alongside illustrator Jiro Bevis we make tees, sweats, totes, jackets and whatever we feel in short runs. Visit our SHOP (add link) for more information.

Test Pressing Publishing

Test Pressing is a loose fit of print. A series of publications surveying the scenes, characters, music and graphics that we love as well as an open door to further exploration and investigation of these areas. The series is launching with a print piece containing interviews with Ibiza DJs from 1976 - 1988 by Robert Harris aka Dr Rob. More will follow.

Test Pressing Creative

We financially support editorial activities through Test Pressing Creative a home for our commercial work. We build websites, create sound design for the likes of Nike or Champion and work within the field of artist management. We advise on how to take something from idea conception to delivery and market. We think freely and openly collaborate.

Our services include:

- Web design
- Artist management
- Media and advertising opportunities on Test Pressing
- Music supervision

If you’ve got an upcoming project you’d like to discuss or just want to have a look at our services pack we’d be really happy if you got in touch. Email [email protected] for further information.

We feature advertising on our website and like to work with brands in a sympathetic and fitting way that is engaging to our audience. If you are working with a brand and would like to discuss working with Test Pressing from an editorial or advertising perspective then please email us at [email protected].

Contributors & Contributing

Content on Test Pressing is written in the main by Piers Harrison, Martyn Peperrell and Apiento. If you would like to send music, events or similar for potential review or are interested in writing for Test Pressing please send a short bio and recent examples of your work to [email protected].

The goal of the site is to inform people about the things we love but please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected] if you have any problems with the music or archive we are hosting.

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Site Credits

The current site would note exist without the incredible work of both Stuart Hardie on design and Adrien Picard on coding for which we are extremely grateful. We recommend them both highly. Stuart Hardie also designs our merchandise and publications.

Graphic Design — Stuart Hardie
Creative Developer — Adrien Picard