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Label Watch: Siam Records

After a long association with GRP Records, music industry veterans Mike Landy and Frank Hendricks felt a need to become involved with music that they felt more passionate about. This desire to branch out led to the formation of Siam Records. A small independent label based in Manhattan (ironically housed in the former offices of Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin on West 57th Street), Siam made its initial splash last year with a high level of quality in its packaging and presentation. Landy and Hendricks also set some lofty goals for the label when it started up operations in September of 1998.

“The idea behind Siam is that you can start a label without committing spiritual treason,” says Landy, president and founder of the label. We believe that our society depends on art. Art is inextricably linked to survival of humanity…not the physical survival but the survival of our consciousness. So Siam is trying to create great art. We’re not just trying to look at the marketplace and see what sells. We’re trying to find artists and create works of art that have something meaningful and lasting to say.”

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