- Sam Valenti IV
Infobox record label
name = Ghostly International
founded = 1999
founder = Samuel Valenti IV
genre = Electronic
country = US
Ann Arbor, Michigan
url = http://www.ghostly.com
Sam Valenti IV is the founder and
A+Rof The Ghostly InternationalCompany, home to two of America's best-known independent electronic-based labels. Ghostly and its sister-label, Spectral Sound represent a stable of recording artists exploring the fringes of experimental pop and dance music, and a unique team of forward-thinking graphic designers. The Michigan-based company has built a formidable reputation for artistic quality and innovation since its inception in 1999.
After spending his formative teenage years in the
Detroit suburbs, he became a deep fan of any kind of underground musicculture he could take in, finding his taste for it after sneaking into Hip-Hop clubs by carrying records for his Detroit DJ hero Houseshoes. Valenti got his first pair of decks at the age of 15 and donned the title DJ SpaceGhost. A ghost "logo" could be seen gracing Valenti's High School notebooks and would be a prophetic image of what was to come.
Ghostly International came to life in the discovery of a young artist named
Matthew Dearat a house party that Valenti attended his first week at university. A Texas transplant to Michigan, Dear was seeking musical collaborators in Ann Arbor as well, while Valenti sought artists around whom he could form a new label. He soon met artists like Dabrye(Tadd Mullinix), Midwest Product, Dykehouse in Ann Arboras well.
The mission statement from Ghostly announces the birth of a label for music fans in a modern era, foreshadowing the iPod era to come. A musical listenership who embraced everything from "
Thrill Jockeyto Blue Note". The "Everywhere Nowhere" company would be based on a DIYattitude but with a corporate sheen and whose goal was to offer an alternative to the mainstream deluge of formulaic and genre-fied electronic music.
Ghostly International is known as a design taste setter (beginning with 2002's Hardcover packaging for the
Disco Nouveaucompilation), a new media pioneer (one of the first adopters of the "digital-only" album release in 2005) and a technology first-mover (The Moss/Ghostly USB compilation created for the design boutique, Moss in 2006).
* [http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2004-07-15/music.shtml Ghost Story]
* [http://goodproduce.net/blog/?page_id=278 Interview with Sam Valenti]
* [http://www.ghostly.com/1.0/artists/ghostly/ Ghostly Bio]
* [http://www.murketing.com/journal/?p=730 Ghostly International: The Q&A]
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