Brief Mention Of Daniel Kessler In A Caribou Interview For Under The Radar Mag
Posted 23 May 2012 - 11:26 PM
John Everhart (Under the Radar): I agree. They were almost parochial bands. I'll never forget how Hidden Cameras were gonna headline over Arcade Fire in NYC right after Funeral was released, but that got switched quickly. But it was always interesting. The bands were all over the spectrum. I remember getting into your band when you were in Manitoba. Did you interact with Daniel Kessler when he was running Domino right after he started Interpol?
Dan Snaith: Yeah, I met him when he first started working for Domino, but then things started going crazy for Interpol.
JE: I'd just started writing on music and he gave me your record and The Notwist. I still remember him working out of his apartment.
DS: He'd just started working with Domino and I'd just signed, and then two months later, he quit because his band became this world-conquering thing. [Laughs] But he was wonderful to work with.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:38 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:45 PM
Sounds to me like he knew the ropes to the scene in NYC. He's very diplomatic and political in his business maneuvers. Well, from my "very-far-away" view of things.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:35 AM
Saturday, June 30 2001
England's Domino Sets Ball Rolling In The U.S.
By Chris Morris
Published on AllBusiness.com
DOMINO EFFECT: England's Domino Recording Co., home to a variety of feisty U.S. and U.K. rock acts, is opening a U.S. office. The label's product will be distributed exclusively by Revolver in San Francisco.
Founded in 1993, Domino has had reciprocal arrangements with a number of indie rock labels on these shores, including Drag City, Merge, and Up. It has released projects by such domestic acts as Sebadoh, Pavement (plus offshoots by Stephen Malkmus and Preston School of Industry), Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy), and Royal Trux (and former Trux member Neil Haggerty), and Quasi.
At the same time, some of Domino's home-grown acts have been licensed to the U.S. indies. While the company plans to continue these arrangements, it is establishing a New York office to serve as a dedicated beachhead for its in-house acts, as well as those on its distributed labels—London electronic label Certificate 18 and Glasgow, Scotland-based Geographic (an imprint founded by Scottish punk/pop group the Pastels).
The American operation will be headed by CEO Daniel Kessler, who previously worked at such outstanding U.S. indies as Jetset Records and Caipirinha Records.
The first release from Domino U.S. will be Internal Wrangler, the U.S. debut of unique Liverpool quartet Clinic. The album, which arrives Sept. 10, is a bracingly original and unpredictable collection that mashes together a potent pop sensibility, low-tech savvy, off-kilter dubology, and bristling punkish energy. It's a record that keeps coming at you from different angles, and its consistent ability to surprise will delight anyone who likes their pop with some unusual edges.
On Sept. 24, Domino will release Pause. It is the second album by Four Tet, the electronic-music guise of Kieren Hebden, who founded the rock trio Fridge (familiar to some as Badly Drawn Boy's backup band on his 2000 tour). That set will be followed Oct. 29 by Tiny Waves Mighty Sea, a new collection by Future Pilot AKA, a Scottish unit that straddles the pop and electronic genres. The label plans additional releases before the end of the year from Empress, Pilote, and Woodbine.
Domino will inaugurate its U.S. presence with a Sept. 13 show at the Knitting Factory in New York, featuring sets by Clinic, Four Tet, and Pilote.
From the XLR8R site:
Tell us something we don't know: The first employee of Domino Records in the US was a guy named Daniel Kessler, who had to leave when his "hobby" started to take off. That hobby was playing guitar in a band called Interpol.