Last week there was a personnel shakeup at Edge-1 Records in New York when two long time associates; Dominique Sorribes the self described Existentialist and Winter Cantagallo the self described Pagan, broke away to form their own company. The two have been working in the music industry for the past 7 years and say they are hoping to surpass their own substantial previous accomplishments with this new venture. I guess you could call their enterprise an experiment in Existential Pagan Capitalism.
The name of the company is “Dante’s Muse” which comes, of course, from Dante Alighieri’s work; Inferno, in which Dante went through 9 rings of hell for his Muse. Dominique told me that she and Winter are just as determined as Dante was to make this endeavor into something unique which will, in her words; “grab the music industry by the balls and run with them”.
The two said that they have spent the past week in overdrive, setting up their business and at the same time putting together and preparing for their first show. They wanted the show to be something memorable which would hopefully establish the bar to be reached by others today and by themselves in the future. They christend the show, “Vendetta” (perhaps in reference to their former employer?). For the show they recruited what they consider to be some of the best, most high profile bands from among the ranks of the indie scene in NYC to perform at this, their inaugural event.
The show is being held Tuesday, May 9th at R&R, on W. 14th Street in Manhattan and begins at 8:30pm. The bands include Seer, Fixer, The Kin and Athena’s Fury. All of these bands seem to share relatively the same level of popularity on Myspace. Judging by those numbers, all are moderately successful bands by any standard and are part of that great pool of Artists from which the major labels are most likely to draw the next big thing in music.
One highlight of the evening from the perspective of the fan is that, after the show, there is a free admission after party being held at The Guesthouse on W. 27th Street. This is nothing to sneeze at as Guesthouse is one of those upscale private clubs where most of us have trouble getting past the beefy security dudes which control the velvet ropes at the entrance. Last time I was there Jerry Springer was also in the building. The time before that, when I left, there were two Lamborghini’s parked out front waiting for their owners. So if you feel like hearing some good music and then afterward “partying with the stars” this may be a show for you.