Electronic music artist Shazay (aka Sharon Sharabi).
Electronic music artist Shazay (aka Sharon Sharabi).

Byron Bay Records promotes local electronic music

BYRON BAY Records is a local record label launched to promote local electronic music.

Manager Josh Preston said the project, owned by he and local musician Sharon Sharabi, was promoting its first signed acts.

"This is a new record label set up to distribute music that we love," Mr Preston said.

"It is all about EDM (Electronic Dance Music), we love it," he said.

"We think there is a huge market for electronic music here.

"There is so many people making electronic music around here that are just looking for a label to join, and if we can help promote some local talent, that's the best way we can give back to the community."

Mr Preston said untapped local talent needed promoting at a national and international level.

"We are prepared to find that talent and push it," he said.

The duo has been working for the past six months, on getting the business model and the basics right before looking for local talent.

Samuel Cooper is a19-year-old Northern Rivers musician performing as Vamasi, and the label's first signing.

Vamasi offers a mix of "chill, down tempo, electronica, hip hop" according to his Triple J Unearthed profile.

Shazay (aka Sharon Sharabi) is also represented by the label.

Mr Sharabi said the plan was to release an album online.

"Of course, we would like to have our artists in festivals, and hopefully playing overseas as well," he said.

Mr Preston said the label will be focusing on growing Byron Bay Records' presence in the Australian electronic music market in the next 12 months.

"We want to ensure the business is profitable but also maximising the opportunities for local artists to have a go," he said.

"We don't have any quotas to fill, we are focusing on the quality of the music, we are passionate about good music."

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