The History Of
Manual Music

Manual Music was started by Paul Hazendonk just after the summer of 2005, initially as a sublabel of the Basic Beat record company where he worked at the time. The label quickly gained international fame with its first couple of releases and had managed to build a solid reputation ever since. When Paul left Basic Beat in 2009 to start his own record company, he adopted the Manual Music brand name.

Nowadays Manual Music is more than “just” a record label. Of course, releasing music on one of its various in-house labels is still one of the critical elements of the company, but Manual Music also takes care of digital distribution, label management, artist management, publishing, and DJ/radio promotion via the Manual Promo Pool.

Now and then Manual also hosts an area, stage or club night in various countries. Manual branded events have taken place in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Geneva and Kuala Lumpur to name a few.


We currently have six active labels presenting a wide range of electronic music. Click on the logo for each label to find out a little bit more about them, and to listen to their latest releases. If you wish to submit a demo to any of them, please browse to our contact & bookings section where you will find our demo policy.

Next to the labels below, we also manage the catalogues for the following labels which are not active anymore: Adult Records, Basic Beat (and all its sublabels), Groove Worxx, Lo-Fi Soul, Relatives, Stolen Moments, Technique and Work Hard Play Hard.


Manual Movement

A new Manual Movement show is broadcasted on various (online) radio stations every month, featuring an exclusive guest mix by one of our many artists.

Cinematique Visions

Cinematique Visions is broadcasted on Proton Radio ( every 4th Saturday of each month, on Digitally Imported ( every 2nd Thursday of each month and on DNA Radio FM ( every 1st Thursday of each month.


Dial P for Progressive

A hand picked selection of everything that's deep, moody and melodic.

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Manual Staff Picks

What we play at the Manual Music office.. You might be surprised!

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For license requests, possible partnerships or other general inquiries please get in touch with us via email. We don’t listen to any demo’s sent to us via e-mail. For demo submissions please click here

Due to the huge amount of demo's we receive, unfortunately we can't answer everyone personally. If we are interested in releasing your music then we will contact you.


If you are intested in booking one of our artists, or hearing about the possibilities of booking a Manual Music label night- stage- or area hosting, please get in touch with Nick and Sherif

For any other inquiries please drop us an email