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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Simon Raymonde | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Simon Raymonde

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Simon Raymonde

Former Cocteau Twin turned label owner on doing things his own way

Simon Raymonde at the South By Southwest festival in Texas, conspicuously not following the crowd

Simon Raymonde's Bella Union label occupies an enviable position within the music world. Successfully (although, as you'll see below, only just) weathering the travails of an industry beset by downloading and market fragmentation, it enters the 14th year of its existence strong and confident, with an impressive roster of maverick artists with actual or potential mainstream appeal. But then Raymonde knows a thing or two about making the weird popular: as part of the Cocteau Twins from 1979 to 1997 he brought some really intensely strange and beautiful music to mass audiences around the world.


Truly inspirational. More people like Simon please who gets that it's art, not chart that matters.

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