Record Makers was founded in 2000 by AIR (Nicolas Godin & Jean-Benoît Dunckel) and their associates Marc Teissier du Cros and Stéphane Elfassi. It was borne out of their desire to focus on more interesting, ambitious projects that would have been difficult to achieve in the confines of a major label.
They were united behind the belief that music of differing styles with strong French influences can have a global impact and that the successes of acts like Daft Punk, AIR or Serge Gainsbourg were not just exceptions to the rule. Music imbued with the elegance and traditions of France has clear potential outside of these exponents of dance and chanson.
The continual growth of the label was spearheaded by the maverick Sebastien Tellier, who announced himself to the world with La Ritournelle, an emotive piano-led piece which evokes beautifully the contrasting joy and sadness of being in love. It received critical acclaim around the world and has been used extensively in the fashion and advertising sectors.
Strong networks in these other fields, allied to a keen interest in cinema, allow Record Makers to develop its publishing arm without compromising its focus on production. Notable collaborations include DSLs work for Hedi Slimanes Dior Homme 2003 couture show and the release of the influential soundtrack of John Carpenters Assault on Precinct 13.
The Daft Punk connection continued for Sebastien as he enlisted Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of the duo to produce his third album, Sexuality, which was released earlier this year. The lead single, Divine, was selected to represent France at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade a task which Sebastien fulfilled with typical aplomb.
Our main signing policy is to trust the most innovative people around us, those who have had trouble making a name for themselves in France. Reasons for this range from an abundance of talent and skewed personalities to progressive ideas and the determination to sing in whatever language they please. Our goal is to help our artists make the most of their abilities but with a certain sense of style, as demonstrated by our commitment to producing quality visuals and videos to accompany our releases.
Record Makers is not tied to any exclusive label deal, which allows us to develop our artists work over a long period of time. This means we can find the right network to suit each artist individually.
There is no specific musical style one could ascribe to Record Makers. We are proud of our diversity, which encompasses everything from the dark brooding electro of Kavinsky to the rock disciplinaire of Turzi, the synth-disco chic of Hypnolove to the rich compositions of Sebastien Tellier. What is important for us is the hazy romanticism inherent to our vision of modern music, which all our artists share.