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Thursday, January 11, 2007

FRONTIERS RECORDS

Brief history of how the label founded and musical genres covered...

Frontiers Records was founded back in 1996 in Napoli, Italy by Serafino Perugino. In just a few months, he became one of the most respected and well-known Italian distributors in the independent Rock market. His growing reputation among musicians and business people helped pave the way for the successful development of the company as a recording label. In 1998 Frontiers Records released its first CD: a double live album “Never Say Goodbye” from TEN. Since then, Frontiers Records have released many critically acclaimed albums, while several internationally renowned acts joined the roster: WINGER, STYX, TOTO, JOE LYNN TURNER, JOURNEY, THUNDER, SURVIVOR, GLENN HUGHES, HOUSE OF LORDS, DOKKEN just to name a few!

Besides that, Frontiers Records also set up during this time many new studio projects to bring back some of Rock's finest voices, or give some still established artists the chance to show a new side of their musical personality. Examples are VERTIGO, lead by former TOTO singer Joseph Williams; OVER THE EDGE featuring STARSHIP's Mickey Thomas; PLACE VENDOME fronted by former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske; and the highly successful ALLEN/LANDE project. And not forgetting the evolution of KANSAS' Billy Greer and his SEVENTH KEY release, from a studio project to a real live band and the stunning PRIDE OF LIONS, featuring former SURVIVOR main songwriter Jim Peterik and vocal star Toby Hitchcock.

Frontiers Records' foreword has always been to dream together with the thousands of people that love quality Rock music. Achieving this means constant hard work from a well oiled and highly ambitious team at the Frontiers Records headquarters in Napoli.

How many staff work for the label?

Serafino Perugino: The company’s President and owner. He cares about the art direction of the label and follows closely all aspects of the company’s management.

Mario de Riso: Label and sales manager and marketing director. He was the first to join the newly founded label in 1998 and since then he was Serafino’s right hand. Graduated in Law he follows the legal aspects of the work too.

Lorenzo Pagliaro: Administration and accounting manager

Elio Bordi: Web promotion, Frontiers Records magazine coordinator, Italian promotion manager everything else tied to promotion and label management support

Giulio Cataldo: Art, design and production director. Customer care.

Ezio Benetti: Warehousing and shipments

Francesco Massara: everything else.

What have been the most successful releases so far...

In order… Toto “Falling In Between”, Journey “Generations”, Giant “III”, Ten “Spellbound” and “Babylon”

Which newer band(s)/artist(s) have you been most proud of in terms of getting them noticed and reviews etc.

Quite a few… talking of total newcomers I would start with STREET LEGAL, then ON THE RISE, URBAN TALE, LAST TRIBE, BLANC FACES, while in terms of new names with more familiar faces I’d go with SEVENTH KEY and PRIDE OF LIONS especially.

What do you look for when signing a band/artist?

Good, sorry GREAT, music. We like the music we are working with so we are very selective and picky. Songwriting and production quality are the most important things.

Which bands/artist would you like to sign up on the label in an ideal world...

STEVE PERRY, BOSTON, KANSAS, REO SPEEDWAGON, FOREIGNER, ASIA etc.

How as 2006 for the label and its bands - highlights/lowlights...

Highlights were (apart from the obvious TOTO “Falling In Between” reference), SURVIVOR “Reach” and GLENN HUGHES “M4TD”. No particular lows to say expect the increasing problems caused by cd piracy over the internet.

What have you got planned for 2007 & beyond...

Many good records… PRIDE OF LIONS, DANNY VAUGHN; NIGHT RANGER, PINK CREAM 69, PRIMAL FEAR, ALLEN / LANDE and much more.

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