DRED RECORDS in John Osborn’s own words
A picture should be a re-creation of an event rather than an illustration of an object; but there is no tension in the picture unless there is a struggle with the object. - Francis Bacon.
There is always an underlining desire to start a new direction, even when you currently have a direction, that flow of creative energy is always present. This creative desire is constantly fed and influenced by new knowledge that is acquired as one evolves over time. These transitional periods, I believe, are the same for all humans; a testing time that will often cause periods of deep anxiety. Such a shift in consciousness always feels abrupt and confusing as it is not only internal but also external, physical reality shifts with the mind, a fact that is deeply intertwined with Natural Law. This was the phase I found myself in and chose to polarise myself with the underlying current of desire to create, and to start that new chapter.
Once I did that I found that things stabilised in my mind and became my new reality and path. It was for this reason that the label is called DRED, realising that the anxiety was the emotional response to a shift in mind and was an opportunity to tap into the desire to create anew- so although DRED may seem a negative gloomy name it is actually quite the opposite. Defining DRED’S musical direction was not a single decision but a slow arduous process of choosing what I did NOT want it to be rather than the other way round, and thus allowing what I was comfortable with to reveal and itself present.
The label is such an integral part of me, its whole existence started in the plane of mind, my mind to be precise. By recognising and respecting this fact I have allowed it to be so, and to develop freely & truthfully. Creativity free from the ego’s restrains of trying to be something - I have done the exact opposite, only choosing what not to be. Thus DRED was born.