Razor Recordings is the 2014 reboot of Razor Records, Australia’s first independent dance music label which was founded in 1988 by Gavin Campbell (following the success of Australia's seminal underground nightclub 'Razor' in the mid-late 80’s). The taste maker was signed to Mushroom Records, and Razor became a subsidiary label under the Mushroom banner.
The label's main act was the dance production outfit Filthy Lucre, comprised of DJ Gavin Campbell, Robert Goodge (of ‘80s band I’m Talking) and DJ Paul Main, who together famously made Australia’s first international club hit with their legendary remix of Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’.
The ‘Filthy Lucre Remix’ of ‘Treaty’ was awarded Song Of The Year at the 1991 A.R.I.A. awards and was the fifth biggest-selling Australian record of the year, according to the Australian Recording Industry Association. ‘Treaty’ also resulted in Gavin and Paul Main being the first Australian DJs to achieve an ARIA-certified Gold Record, as well as an ARIA awards nomination, in the Best Producer category.
After the success of the Razor 25th anniversary party in 2012 and the Tasty Raid 20th Anniversary event in 2014, both garnering widespread media attention and attracting multi-level, jam-packed floors of former devotees and young clubbers alike, Gavin was compelled to re-launch Razor Recordings, as it was now time for Razor to get some music back out there.
The Razor ethos has long been embedded in the attitude of the infamous Razor club itself, renowned as a cross between two legendary New York clubs from the same era, Studio 54 (a similarly notoriously hard club to get into but once inside, a wonderland of celebrities, freaks, transvestites and great music) and The Paradise Garage (like Razor, a legendary off-the-wall haven with a mixed crowd, where music was free from the tyranny of genre).
Razor is all about diversity, freedom of expression and audacious originality. With a radical, anything-goes eclecticism, Razor is widely regarded as the authentic, original nurturer of the modern Melbourne underground scene, as it was for well over a decade (1983-1998), with the music label and as the club morphed into Razor Promotions, producing a string of essential dance club offshoots (including Savage, Tasty, Uranus and Temple). Indeed, well before most of what Melbourne's clubbing community has realised, the guiding hand of Razor had previously been applied, indelibly impacting a unique influence on this great city's clubbing culture, nightlife and entertainment industry in general.
The new, reborn Razor Recordings has recently been cultivating an extraordinary young songstress named Evangeline, currently co-writing with various producers, Evangeline’s vocal talent is breathtaking and there is already a strong buzz for her within the industry. In fact, Evangeline was recently signed to an exclusive worldwide licensing deal (excluding Australia & New Zealand), with Polydor France. Watch this space for further developments for Evangeline, a couple of exciting new Soul acts Curious Grace and the inimitable Sam Gaskin, along with a 25th-anniversary remix pack for 'Treaty' and more.
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