Head to the record label fundraiser in The Spirit Store this Friday
“There's a great music scene in Dundalk. I think it's a really good time to capture it,” says Shane Byrne, founder of Dundalk's newest record label, Pizza Pizza Records.
With this project, Shane hopes to capture the sounds of the town and help boost the local music scene. He plans to put out releases by Dundalk bands such as Just Mustard, We, the Oceanographers and Elephant, with the first release dropping in late March “all going according to plan”.
“I'll be releasing music on 12-inch vinyl. There's a lot of really, really good music in Dundalk and Ireland at the moment, so I want to focus on putting that stuff out on vinyl,” Shane tells The Dundalk Democrat.
Setting up a record label is no mean feat, but the Dundalk music scene has pulled together to help Shane get his idea off the ground.
Shane said: “Even though I work in music (as a sound engineer) and would be familiar with the way things work, there is a fair amount of research that goes into setting up a record label. It's been a huge learning curve for me.
“I've had lots of support so far, and very positive reactions. Derek Turner (booking manager for The Spirit Store) has been a great help.
“David Noonan, from local band Just Mustard, and Shane Clarke of another Dundalk band, Elephant have also been very helpful. And local musician and sound engineer Joey Edwards has helped out a lot. He was the one who encouraged me to go for this project when I mentioned it to him a while back.
“Derek Turner, from The Spirit Store said to me that in the twenty years he's been living in Dundalk the music scene is the best he's ever seen, in terms of talent and community.”
It's this community spirit that Shane hopes to capture. Shane has also been in talks with Classified Records owner Neil Waters about getting Pizza Pizza records releases stocked.
“Classified will definitely be stocking our releases. I've been chatting with Neil and he's been very supportive. There are also a lot of great record shops around the country. So I'd like to get to know the owners and get them stocking our releases.”
As with any business, setting up a record label calls for some cold hard cash to get things moving.
“It's quite an expensive process, so we'll be holding a fundraiser on Friday, January 26. There'll be tunes from Just Mustard, We, the Oceanographers and Elephant,” said Shane,
“Everyone will get a free slice on pizza on the door from local vegan catering company (and winners of the Irish Street Food Awards), Dark Horse Pizza. There'll also be Pizza Pizza records merchandise and vintage clothes available at the event, which
After the fundraiser, the record label will hold bi-monthly nights in The Spirit Store to showcase up-and-coming Dundalk bands, and talent from around the country too. Shane and Joey Edwards will also be Djing at the nights.
You can also look forward to a series of compilations from Pizza Pizza Records throughout the year called “Dead Good”.
Shane says he could “easily fill the first compilation” with bands exclusively from Dundalk, and that subsequent volumes will feature the best bands from around Ireland.
So head down to The Spirit Store on Friday night to support your local music scene and get some free pizza to boot. Tickets are €8 on the door or €20 with a Pizza Pizza Records t-shirt and a sticker.