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Meet Brent Rademaker of Curation Records in Northeast Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brent Rademaker.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Migrated to Los Angeles from Florida as a musician where I was signed as an artist to several record labels (Geffen Records, Sub Pop, Rough Trade) with various groups most notably Beachwood Sparks. I’ve worked in the film & design world before taking my experience and launch CURATION RECORDS in 2019.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road and as a veteran of the music business you could say I have seen it all. For every success there have been many struggles but the more experience you gain the more you realize that those struggles and setbacks are there for you to learn from.

Please tell us about Curation Records.
We are an independent record label specializing in the “California sound” California Curated Cool. The artists we work with and the records we make all have a common thread that can only be found on the west coast. I am most proud that the records that we have slated for release in our inaugural year are with artists that are connected to my personal experiences in Los Angeles. I am the most proud of the company for operating outside of the normal avenues of the record business, we have a direct to public and direct to record store approach. I’m hoping it’s my experience that sets us apart from other record labels, curating directly from the community of friends that I have been making music with for the last 25 years. We have young artists (Pacific Range) new projects (FDWOW) and heritage artists (The Tyde) all making records for Curation. We aren’t all about the “bottom line” or our to make a buck…enriching the musical heritage of the city of Los Angeles has always be my main motivation…through music!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Five years ago they were judging artists on how many Twitter followers they had, currently it’s all about Spotify numbers…I’m hoping we see a return to quality and not quantity. Classic bands and records take time to develop, a group like the Grateful Dead would have never been given the chance to grow in these times but the model they left behind to exist in your own world and create your own community lives on.

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Kelsey Doyle, Dean McKay, Chuck Harris, Brian Blomerth

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