In a bittersweet announcement, Madhouse Records, a prominent label that has left an indelible mark on the music industry, has declared the cessation of its operations. This news marks the end of a remarkable 31-year journey since the label’s inception.
Madhouse Records originated from a visionary collaboration between Kerri Chandler, the esteemed DJ and producer hailing from New Jersey, also known as Third Generation, and Mel Medalie, a music entrepreneur from Dublin and the founder of Champion Records. Their paths crossed during Mel’s visit to the United States in the early 1990s, and a bond was quickly formed. Initially, Madhouse served as the primary outlet for Kerri and his talented producer friends, showcasing their groundbreaking work alongside some hidden gems discovered during Kerri’s crate-digging adventures.
The label’s website greets visitors with a poignant message, stating, “Madhouse Records, under Mel’s Champion Records umbrella, has achieved tremendous success throughout the years since the duo joined forces.” The first release on Madhouse Records was Kerri’s album titled ‘A Basement, A Red Light and A Feeling,’ which served as a driving force behind the label’s growth. Notably, the single ‘I Got That Feeling’ (Dreamer G) was licensed to Atlantic Records, solidifying Madhouse’s impact.
Raj Porter of Champion Records shared his sentiments, expressing sadness over the closure of Madhouse Records after an incredible 31-year journey. However, he reassured fans that both Kerri and Champion have exciting new projects in the pipeline, and the timing felt right to conclude this chapter in the label’s history.
Kerri Chandler, a master of reinvention, often released music on Madhouse Records under various aliases, such as “a Night with Dick,” “Bobcat Trades,” and “Third Generation.” A testament to the label’s legacy, a special 25-track compilation was released to commemorate 25 years of Madhouse, encapsulating Kerri’s diverse musical contributions.
Throughout its illustrious existence, Madhouse Records curated an impressive roster of talented artists. The catalog features notable releases from the likes of Jerome Sydenham, Dennis Ferrer, Demuja, Black Loops, and even the legendary Roy Ayers, whose monumental track ‘Good Vibrations’ was unleashed via the imprint.
As Madhouse bids farewell, Kerri’s musical endeavours will find a new home in his other venture, the Kaoz Theory label. The remaining discography of Madhouse Records will be entrusted to Champion Records, ensuring that the label’s influential body of work continues to resonate with audiences for years to come.
Written by: HMR
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