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Dave Lambert Interview – Head A&R Strictly Rhythm

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Dave Lambert is a name known in the industry for delivering cross over records to the mainstream and some fantastic dance records and clubs hits over the past 20 plus years, we caught Dave at the Social Club in Central London for an exclusive interview.

Dave started out his career in the industry as a Journalist in the very early nineties and was at the right right time in 1993 to set up the Positiva label at EMI with departing XL boss and A&R whizz kid Nick Halkes. Two of Dave’s earliest signings to Positiva were Barbara Tucker ‘Beautiful People’ and Reel 2 Real ‘I Like To Move It’ from Strictly Rhythm…

Dave saw an opportunity to take the head A&R roll at AM:PM part of island records, which again saw his relationship with Strictly Rhythm continue with licensing deals for the UK market. Finally in 2011 Dave was picked up to drive Strictly forward and we caught up with Dave in London to discuss his career and the label going forward.

Here is some information on Strictly Rhythm records.
Strictly Rhythm Records is house music. Since 1989 the legendary New York label not only put out records by almost every name in the game, but it also defined house music throughout the 1990s with Erick Morillo, Todd Terry, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, DJ Pierre, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, Ultra Naté and Barbara Tucker. As well as keeping the underground stoked with a steady supply of club grooves, the label also delivered a stream of crossover hits with Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It”, Ultra Naté’s “Free”, Wamdue Project’s “King Of My Castle” and Wink’s “Higher State Of Consciousness”.

Relaunched in 2007 after a five year break following a short-lived venture with Warner Music, Strictly Rhythm did what no dance label had ever done: successfully re-launch itself. The label made many of its classic releases available on digital download for the first time and signed new productions from the likes of Quentin Harris, Osunlade, Bingo Players Vs Chocolate Puma, Dennis Ferrer, Michel Cleis, Dirty South and Bob Sinclar. Three years later and now fully re-established, Strictly Rhythm opened a new London office in November 2010.

Still an innovator, the label that invented the 12” white label and put out the first ever commercially released DJ Mix CD in 1993 (The Tony Humphries Strictly Rhythm Mix) is now enabling both new and established talent through its joint venture label set-up, the Strictly Rhythm Music Group. The Strictly Rhythm Music Group currently has 20 labels with partners in the US, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Australia and Ireland. Recent signings include Tristan Garner (Xtra Life), Doman & Gooding (Superficial), Jupiter Ace (Big Vision) and Richard Grey (Pyramidal).

Strictly Rhythm has offices in New York, London, Rome and Berlin.

We welcome your comments on Dave’s interview.

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