Echo and the Bunnymen dropped 'Killing Moon' on December 3, 2007 and my 16-year-old heart implodes with joy at first listen to what I thought was the best song ever written. Four years later some dude passionate about new music starts a blog with the same name out of his parents loft and so the tale of this month's influential label begins. I talk to founding father Achal Dhillon about the rise and rise of West London based label, Killing Moon Limited.

"The general idea for it started out of with my fascination with the culture of new music blogs." Achall tells me about his time working at a doctor's surgery and how he spent most of his monthly wages on releasing records. His contagious zealousness for au courant music becomes immediately and aggressively apparent. He reminisces about his time working for various record labels and wanting to progress into the new music arena. "It seemed like a bit impregnable to get in to. In this line of work when you come across a new band, ironically, you're not supposed to talk about it. It's almost like coming across treasure and you're not supposed to show the map of it to the rest of the world in case they go and look for it. I'm fully against that philosophy so that's why I thought a new music blog would be a pretty appropriate thing for me to do."

Achall takes me through the rags to riches story of his label:

"I ran the blog for about 6/7 months and then we started doing live nights and curated a monthly thing with the Bull and Gate (for Fierce Panda/Club Fandango) before it went under, well it didn't go under, but before it got sold." He stops and then continues with the angst of thousand Taylor Swifts post-Harry Styles, "The thing is, I know the Bull and Gate was a shit hole but it was my shit hole so I have a valid reason to hate Youngs, not just for their inferior ale but for the fact they've taken away that horrible venue from me." Most stories have a kairotic moment and this was Killing Moon's.

"From there it then seemed like a pretty good idea at the time to progress it on to a label but then I kind of released that although I'd worked for various labels I didn't know how to release a record."

Achall continues on about his experience in the industry:

"With major labels you have to work on one function like A&R or marketing, it's so compartmentalised. You don't really interact with the other departments so you can't really form a whole release cycle, from signing the band to getting them into a record shop. It's something I've never had to do before so it's always been a bit like, 'How do I go about doing this?', I guess it was more of educational exercise for me just to see if I could do that stuff." And the equivocal leader could.

Not long after promulgating themselves as a label, they come across a band called Strangers and released their first 7' record for 'It Was A Sin' and 'If I Found Love' for the dark pop threesome. From there, they've lent a helping hand to mourn-rockers Worship, Eye Emma Jedi, Bluebells and most recently Dems.

"We're lifting things out to the online world and giving it a real presence, rather than trying to latch onto a buzz or hype which is what I find other labels typically can do when something starts to brew up online. It's like, why aren't we (labels) trying to do that for them (new bands)? Probably the easiest answer to that is that there's no money in it but if you knock the idea of making money on the head it makes running a label a hell of lot easier."

Fast forward a few years and Killing Moon joins forces with music and branding company Turn First Artists after Sarah Stennett, CEO of the company funded and distributed by Universal, bought half of Achall's business.

"I guess the biggest struggle now is maintaining the integrity of the brand. I was very conscious and anxious to avoid any connotations that we just do what Universal tell us to do when the reality of it couldn't be further from that. They do allow me to be quite autonomous but admittedly it has been a little bit of a struggle to know when to say no to certain stuff. It's something that starts off as a very personal project like the blog and everything is essentially an open diary and then when you get the sense that that's being used for other purposes the you start to question why you're doing this and if it's just going to turn into a regular job like everybody else's."

Achall's heart, soul and years have gone into forming and growing a brand I believe he sees as a personal representation of himself; with its only uncompromising criteria being that he has to like it and it has to be new. Two big elements that went into putting together and putting out their first compilation album on January 1st with BBC Introducing's Ally McCrae. I managed to catch up with the Radio 1 DJ via email and he filled me in on why and how he got involved in New Moons: Volume 1.

"Ach, Killing Moon boss man and I met at SXSW last year, I was definitely drunk, oh no! I remember I went to catch one of Killing Moon's acts out there Duologue, playing a show in a back yard, in the melting heat. I think their equipment was having a horrid time but they nailed it, Ach and I had some beers and instantly became bros. I've been a fan of the label for a while so I guess a compilation was a logical step. For me, perpetually bringing new acts to radio, it's hard sometimes to take stock and really support someone, so having a platform to say, boom, here are some acts that really excite me and I want to show love to, all in one place, was a great opportunity.

The guys were great in asking me who I'd like to see on there, I think the list of suggestions was near endless, but we narrowed it down and with some really special tracks from the KM family (like that banger of an opener in the Draper Tall Ships remix) I think we've made strong collection of some of the most exciting new acts about. Having followed the KM blog/label for ages I knew we had pretty similar, and haphazardly broad tastes from the eternally beautiful beats of the likes of Dems, to the throw down noise of Carnival Kids and releases with Embers, Verses, Malpas - it's that independence and broad range that jumps at me, it's all about the song eh."

When asked to describe the compilation in 3 words, Ally said, "Utterly necessary music, or, worth the money."

Achall also had a lot to say about New Moons: Volume 1, a compilation record that he seemed very proud of and something he thought was necessary to assemble.

"We had this idea that towards the end of the year every blogger, every online music site or whatever music publication always publish an end of the year list, you know, their predictions for who's going to be big or who they just love and want to do well next year. For some reason, I've found over the last 3 or 4 years having done this, you go into the New Year and everyone seems to forget about those musicians on those lists. New artists do struggle to stay relevant. So, we put our money where our mouths are and created a tangible embodiment to what our tips for 2014 were as well as keeping our artists alive, relevant and talked about."

From a solo blog to a record label doing a monthly series of shows at the Barfly and an upcoming radio show, the Killing Moon is a family of artists and new music lovers and pushers who seem to care about one thing; good music, and that's why they're our label of the month.

4 Essential Killing Moon releases

Carnival Kids - 'Fear of Nothing'

Worship - 'House of Glass'

Malpas - 'Where the River Runs'

Dems - 'Canvas World'

NEW MOONS: Volume 1 was released on January 1st 2014 and is available to purchase via iTunes.