Air Dubai signed to Hopeless RecordsBy Ricardo Baca | December 14th, 2012 | No Comments »
And the steady stream of Denver acts attaching themselves to labels â€“ both major and independent â€“ continues.
â€śItâ€™s a little more post-punk than us, but itâ€™s unique to be the hip-hop band on their label,â€ť said Air Dubai keys player Michael Ray, who noted that Hopeless is distributed by EMI.
The band is beyond psyched with the signing â€“ which includes three records and allows them to keep the large majority of revenues from touring and merchandise, Ray said.
â€śWe did a west coast run in San Diego and Los Angeles, and we had a bunch of industry people out at the L.A. show, and people started freaking out about it,â€ť Ray said. â€śItâ€™s clichĂ© to say this, but we went to L.A., played a show and got signed. It was our first show out there, too.â€ť
Oddly, Hopeless wasnâ€™t even at that showcase, which brings up the strangest aspect about the deal:
Air Dubai is a band that needs to be seen live. But Hopeless still hasnâ€™t seen Air Dubai live.
â€śWe had a couple people out from Atlantic and Mercury at the show â€“ we were in talks with Mercury as well,â€ť he said. â€śWe had a couple managers and agents out at the show. But yeah, Hopeless wasnâ€™t even there. It was a word of mouth thing, them hearing about us. They still havenâ€™t even seen us play.â€ť
If the label wants to fly to Denver this weekend, Air Dubai is headlining the Ogden Theatre on Saturday â€“ with old-schooler Tone Loc opening the gig.
The band intended to release its â€śBe Calmâ€ť full-length in November, but then Hopeless came calling. Now the label will release the record â€“ as it was first created by the band â€“ in March or April, Ray said.
What next? Ray said there are plans for South by Southwest showcases in March and hopes for potential Coachella afterparties in April â€“ not to mention an unconfirmed but much-desired Warped Tour run this summer.