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 80s. The tastemaker 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’. Campbell & Main being first Australian DJs to be awarded an ARIA-certified Gold Record, and receive ARIA award nominations for Best Producer.
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 Campbell 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, crossdressers and great music; and The Paradise Garage, which like Razor was a legendary off-the-wall haven with a mixed crowd and 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. For well over a decade (1983-1998), with the music label and then, 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 has been recently been realised in Melbourne, the guiding hand of Razor had previously been applied, impacting a unique and indelible influence on this great city's clubbing culture, nightlife and entertainment industry in general.
Razor Recordings recently cultivated an extraordinary young artist named Evangeline, carefully pairing the songstress with a selection co-writers and producers. A strong industry buzz quickly resulted in Razor signing Evangeline to an exclusive worldwide licensing deal (excluding Australia & New Zealand), with Polydor France, where her first single ‘My Kingdom’ charted, following a successful promotional tour across France.
Watch this space for further developments with another exciting new Razor signing, renowned dancer and soul singer Samual Gaskin, whose smart songwriting skills are also featured in the new Razor produced live show Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project. Inspired by the success of the label’s 25th anniversary remixes of Treaty, demand from the Australian music festival circuit has meant that this amazing new live show has already performed a run of shows in November 2017, with interest remaining high and 2018 set to be a very interesting year ahead.