Downtown Records celebrated their fifth birthday last weekend with a two-night blowout party in New York City, featuring performances from the hottest artists on the label. On Friday, A-Trak, Art Brut, Lissy Trullie, White Denim, and the Suzan all performed at Webster Hall, while Miike Snow, Major Lazer, Santigold, DJ Mehdi and So Me rocked Terminal 5 on Saturday.
Before the party, Josh Deutsch, the label's founder and CEO, chatted with SPIN about why he signed these disparate acts. "Downtown Records is a home for really uncompromising artists with a very singular, strong vision," Deutsch says. "I'm drawn to artists that don't fit a particular format. Artists that are truly unique."
Click through to see pics and read more of Deutsch's thoughts.
Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for Los Angeles’ most famous industrial-goths, Nine Inch Nails. His previous solo LP, Sonno, slinked out on Prurient’s Hospital Productions — a bastion of the crepuscular, if there ever was one. And… More »