Sunday, August 01, 1999
Record producers and their labels of love
Three Tristate music fans put their money where their hearts are
BY LARRY NAGER
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Greater Cincinnati hasn't been a national recording center since the '60s, when local labels King and Fraternity battled the major record corporations of New York and Los Angeles. Now, three local entrepreneurs are following their path. They have started Cincinnati-based record companies, Malandro, J Curve and Shake It, that are releasing albums for the national market.
Unlike typical local indie labels, they don't rely on local talent. In fact, Malandro Records exclusively records Brazilian musicians.
But all three have something very important in common: All are products of their founders' musical obsessions.
Dale Rabiner's love of jazz guitar and the rich regional music scene led him to start J Curve Records.
Rick Warm forged a fascination with the music and culture of Brazil while traveling there as an executive. He chucked the corporate life three years ago to start Malandro.
Darren Blase couldn't get the hang of his electric guitar, but he still wanted to be involved in the roots rock and punk rock he loved. So he started Shake It, first as a label and more recently a record store.
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