In the past it was often considered wise to leave Austria in order to become a musician. Nowadays, however, things are looking different in the Alpine Republic and much is happening within the music industry. While in the noughties big labels were still painting bootleg devils on walls, the Viennese took matters into their own hands with great success.

A wonderful example of such musical success is Ilias Dahimène, who has managed the music label Seayou since 2006. Besides being considered one of the most important Austrian labels it continues to receive international attention. The bands which surpass all sorts of genre borders not only enjoy the full-service agency music representation, but also the additional perks that include unconditional psychological support. Besides music Ilias has a second passion: skateboarding – something he equally enjoys practicing in different locations often sparking him to take road trips in order to pursue this passion. Not showering for a week is an accepted part of the deal.

If Ilias wasn’t already overwhelmingly busy enough, he also found time recently to establish the publishing company Redelsteiner Dahimène Edition, alongside the owner of Viennese indie-label ‘Problembär Records.’ We visited the label boss of Algerian and Austrian heritage in his office located within the Leopoldstadt district. Talking about records and the future of the music industry, Ilias also discussed his own diverse adventures, such as sleeping at a Milanese refugee camp, and most importantly, where one can find the cheapest beer along the Danube canal.

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