Interview: Kurt Paradise (La Sape Records)

Interview: Kurt Paradise (La Sape Records)

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Kurt Paradise is the head behind La Sape records, the label which has put out some of our favourite Australian music with releases from Godriguez's 'Godtet' and most recently 30/70's bassists' project, Horatio Luna's 'Cultural Warriors' EP. Hot stuff. In a palaver regarding a postal mishap we shot a few Q's Kurt's way about the label and some tunes that have been percolating around his noggin recently.

How'd the La Sape record label come about?

I'd been doing a lot of touring for the past couple of years and was becoming a little tired with the nature of it. I always wanted to deal in the physical music world with a label and had done so to a small degree with Strange Yonder. However I didn't want to use that banner to put the music under as there's a bit of a stigma there from earlier tours/ attachments to bands, so needed to start fresh.

Why did you start the label? To fill a gap in the industry to release a particular style of music?

I wanted to put out good music, which was maybe a little unrepresented in Australia. Certainly no particular style, soul music would be the broad term. Jazz is thrown around in the sense of it being improvised/instrumental music thus far.

Any releases from Godtet or Horatio in the pipeline?

They are both cooking up lots of new music. Probably not this year, but there will be a few things. 

Have you got any releases from new artists you can let us know about?

We're in the process of signing a new Brisbane outfit which is exciting, you will know more very soon!

What are some songs you've been enjoying recently?

Love Has Come Again - Wynd Chymes. An amazing boogie group, production is nuts. 

Core'ngrato - Giuseppe di Stefano. An amazing tenor, maybe the best.. His voice gets me every time. Also Uncle June belts this at a funeral in the Sopranos, which definitely didn't make me cry! 

ulia - Super Mama Djombo.  Picked this record up on a recommend at Plug 7. West African Highlife with a lot of soul. 

My Angel (Malaika) - Harry Belefonte & Miriam Makeba. I heard this at the end of Atlanta and now will probably get married to it, a beautiful version. 

Out My Mind, Just In Time - Erykah Badu. The Queen, amazing beats, changes, lyrics & melodies.

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