About Whirlwind Recordings

Whirlwind Recordings was established in 2010 by recording artist, freelance bassist, composer, bandleader & producer Michael Janisch, a US native who relocated to London in 2005 and created the label specifically for the worldwide release of Purpose Built, his debut solo album.  Since then the label has grown considerably releasing an eclectic catalog of adventurous and visceral music that spans genres, is rooted in originality and has key emphasis on the improvised.  The artists on the label range from established masters to guiding lights of their generation to undiscovered stars in the making.

“Whirlwind Recordings is the new label of the moment, releasing a diverse cross section of excellent music.”
BBC Radio 2

“[Whirlwind] is diverse… with a wide open sensibility… the independent label has set itself apart through its vibrant social media campaigns and commitment to touring artists.”
Downbeat Magazine

“Several of the most enthralling, powerful and entertaining jazz albums of recent years appeared on Whirlwind Recordings.”

“London’s label of the moment.”
All About Jazz

“Janisch’s Whirlwind label personifies the dictum “if you want something done right, do it yourself,” taking care of business and making available some super-fine singular sounds for global consumption.”
The New York City Jazz Record

“Whirlwind are quickly making a name for themselves in uncovering some of the hippest new talent.”
UK Vibe

“American bassist Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind label is fast becoming a major player.”
The Guardian

“One of the major British record labels.”
Jazz Thing and Blue Rhythm

“Whirlwind has established itself, in a remarkably short time, as a natural home for music of power and quality.”
London Jazz News

“One of Europe’s busiest and most creative independent labels.”
The Irish Times