"The fine and creative sound of Brazilian music."

What made José Costa Netto, an enthusiast for the good Brazilian music, to create Dabliú in 1994, is the same reason that makes him keep on investing in this dream—support good artists and recapture the creativity of the Brazilian popular music.

As a lyricist, a composer and a lawyer specialized in copyright of several music artists, Costa Netto witnessed the major decision power of marketing and commercial departments being imposed on and overshadowing the artistic department, which had less and less leeway, and he couldn’t disagree more. Especially in the major record labels, when signing new artists and even when approving new records from their renowned artists, the concern upon selecting repertoire was focused on reprising and selling overused formulas that hindered the true musical and artistic quality and inventiveness, which have always been the differentiating factor in the best Brazilian music.

After producing three of his first albums (in 1979, the LP "Asas do Moinho", by Paulinho Nogueira; in 1984, "Ensaio do Dia", by Eduardo Gudin; and in 1990 the LP "Mundos e Fundos", by Márcia Salomon, co-produced with Roberto Menescal), through many joys but also many obstacles, Costa Netto could no longer put up with that reality and the constant rejection of the highest quality composers, artists and works—a lot of new or already known artists, but marginalized—and decided to participate in the music industry in depth.

At that point, Costa Netto had already established his great friendship and partnership with Eduardo Gudin and had already presented two of their most successful songs— “Verde”, which introduced the singer Leila Pinheiro nationwide at Festival dos Festivais, from Rede Globo Television, and “Paulista”, a song that portraits life in the city of Sao Paulo and that is still an icon for the city nowadays. Thus, he felt ready to go on.

The great opportunity presented itself in 1994: inspired by, mainly, in the already launched song “Velas”, by Vitor Martins and Ivan Lins—and other successful initiatives in the world music industry—Warner Music, run by André Midani at the time, decided to support the stimulating idea that emerged in Brazil—from the executives Rossini and Beto Boaventura— of starting some independent labels, creating favorable conditions for four record labels to be founded: Banguela, founded by Titãs; MZA, founded by the producer Mazola; Dubas, founded by the lyricist and composer Ronaldo Bastos, and Dabliú. These labels, each with their own characteristics, have played a major role launching records considered as anthological in the Brazilian music.

This start, which lasted two years and five records, was crucial for Dabliú to succeed in its little history, coming to its 15th year of existence in 2009, with more than 140 albums, including CDs and DVDs. And maintaining the initial objectives is a constant battle, almost an exercise, shared with artists, musicians and composers who identify with the record label, and with several other independent record labels and partners fighting the same battle. Dabliú’s greatest ambition, at the moment, is to survive on this path.

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