Other Side of the Tracks: Q&A with Garrett Sholdice of Ergodos Label
Ahead of the annual NARLI (National Association of Record Labels Ireland) performance, record fair and AGM (annual general music) event on Friday 11th October, we asked some questions of Garrett Sholdice of Ergodos about his work as a label in Ireland and the woder context of the irish music scene. Sholdice is composer, producer and musician and holds a PhD in music composition from the University for York (UK).
Ergodos is a music production company and record label based in Dublin run by two composers, Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly since 2006. Ergodos has released over two dozen titles, ranging from curated projects inspired by J.S. Bach and the art of song with house band Ergodos Musicians, to solo piano meditations by Simon O’Connor, to the delicate ambient jazz of Seán Mac Erlaine, to portraits of acclaimed contemporary composers such as Christopher Fox and Kevin Volans, to traditional Irish music projects featuring fiddle player Frankie Gavin, and much else.
Ergodos has produced numerous concerts and festivals in Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin, London and New York. Since 2014, Ergodos has curated and produced the Santa Rita Concerts, a series of music and wine evenings in the Little Museum of Dublin.
Q. What’s your favourite thing about recording music in the Irish scene?
We have always been particularly excited by the eclecticism – the way in which musicians seem willing to cross perceived genre boundaries and draw upon diverse traditions and inspirations.
Q. What changes would you like to see in the Irish music scene?
Labels like us and the others in the NARLI alliance make a key contribution, not least as a platform for musicians. Access to structural grant support would really help to sustain our important place in this rich ecosystem.
Q. What’s the most important thing to you deciding to work with an artist?
There are very many considerations of course, but we have always been primarily driven by whether or not the work is compelling – for us this transcends questions of style, for example.
Q. What would you like audiences to understand about the recordings they hear?
Our culture does tend to encourage a kind of disengaged or distracted listening mode. An enormous amount of time and care and love has been put into the records we release – they will repay focussed attention.
Q. What do you think is important for musicians to consider as they share their work?
Production values have always been important – but perhaps now more than ever the medium is the message.
NARLI AGM is a free event open to the public on Friday 11th October in IMRO , Dublin 2 from 6pm-8:30pm with 60 minutes of live musical discourse from 7:30pm-8:30pm
Further details HERE