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Domino Recording Company
Transcript of Domino Recording Company
Bell is the founder, current owner, and head of A&R (artists and repertoire) for his label, Domino Records. He began this label to release the music he believed in.
He began to get very involved with his local music scene in his hometown at a very young age. He was also active in helping local bands produce and promote their albums. Bell even volunteered at a few merchandise tables.
Once he was old enough, he started working at Tower Records and then asked to work at Fire Records soon after.
The label's first release was "Soul And Fire" by Sebadoh.
Domino celebrated their first UK #1 album in October 2005 with Franz Ferdinand's "You Could Have It So Much Better", and their first UK #1 single with Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" that same month.
Although the record label is based in London, there is an extension of the label based in New York that handles releases in the United States. The office was opened towards the end of the first decade that Laurence Bell established Domino Records to discover and sign with artists/musicians in the American market.
There is also a German division called Domino Deutschland as well as a French division called Domino France.
Domino is a UK indie label releasing a number of styles of music, including post-rock, IDM (intelligent dance music) downtempo & electronica. Domino Records was founded in South West London in 1993 by a man named Laurence Bell. It is now one of the longest running and most successful independent record labels in the UK.
Domino is home to artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective, Franz Ferdinand, The Kills, Four Tet, Dirty Projectors, Wild Beasts, Clinic, Robert Wyatt, Owen Pallett, Anna Calvi, Cass McCombs, Villagers and many more. Domino was already a success when they signed Franz Ferdinand in 2003, but the Scottish band's incredible success as well as signing with English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys turned the label into a prosperous success.
BBC Radio 1 - Behind the label: Domino Records
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In an interview in 2003, Laurence Bell was asked why he left Fire Records to initiate his own label, and he said that he was putting too much energy into releasing records of another company and wasn't happy there anymore. He had a small amount of money and a few ideas and created Domino Records in his basement flat.