The labels that db has admired most for their the A&R philosophies are, Island 1967- 1970’s, Elektra 1966-1970, Asylum 1972-1975, Atlantic 1956-1970’s, Motown 1961-1975. With Domino, XL, Bella Union and Jagjaguar being the new kids on the block and getting the seal of approval. There are a few things these labels have in common, one of which is they have been shaped by the owner / label head. Another is that these labels signed and developed artists that were not necessarily just of their time, but also often ahead of their time. They have signed significant artists.
The classic labels of the past had hit records, with a wide scope of music that went top 40 both in the USA & UK, as well as around the world. However, even if all their artists did not chart, they often released important records that have had a profound effect on db. So inspired by these creative people, db records was formed in September of 1998. We hope to find artists that we love both in terms of recording and as people. Artists that are interesting, intelligent, musical, with strong song writing, impressive as a live entity, great singer, star quality, image conscious, ever developing, challenging, newsworthy, prolific, hard working. Artists with a very strong desire to succeed. In turn the artist will find a creative home and gain all the experience that has been acquired over the past 35 years in A&R. With the care, the time and devotion needed to help develop their careers. In recent years there has been a lack of success abroad by British artists, this label hopes to make a difference and overcome the world’s indifference.
What Musical genre?
From Guitar to Big Beat to Acoustic to Electronic and to Singer/Songwriter.
Gorillaz, Arctic Monkeys, Calexico, Feist, Fleet Foxes, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Bright Eyes, Iron and Wine, Joan as Policewoman, Beck, Arcade fire, Craig Armstrong, Sun kil moon, James Yuill, Bonnie Prince Billy, Decembersists, Natty, Santogold, Peter Broderick, M Ward, Black Mountains, Acorn, Peter Broderick, Bombay Bicycle Club: Black Keys, Freelance Whales, Mumford and Sons, M.I.A, Scott Matthews, Smoke Fairies, Sun Kil Moon, Wooden Shjips, Alexi Murdoch, Ben Howard, Emile Sande, Little Dragon