Published Feb 19, 2015Music has been a major part of the Baz Luhrmann film experience over the years, so it might not come as a total surprise to learn that the Australian filmmaker is starting up a record label of his own. Via a partnership with RCA, the new Bazmark imprint will release music tied to Luhrmann's forthcoming film, TV and theatre projects.
While soundtracks for Luhrmann films like The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet have moved major units, the label was apparently green lighted by RCA heads Tom Corson and Peter Edge after they got wind of his upcoming, '70s music scene-exploring Netflix series, The Get Down. A meeting with Luhrmann's manager led to a sit-down with the director. Making negotiations easier for both sides, both RCA and The Get Down are properties of Sony.
As previously reported, The Get Down is set in New York in the late '70s at the dawn of hip-hop and focuses on a pack of South Bronx teens tied together by their love of rhymes, dancing and graffiti. The show will apparently also touch on the New York punk scene at the time.
In addition to showcasing the songs that score Luhrmann's film and TV projects, Bazmark also plans to release music from new artists, though specific acts have yet to be revealed.
"My current work is all music-driven, and all of it requires classics or new music artists," Luhrmann told Billboard. "I'm going to try to build a home that has a great foundation, and I hope it has longevity. I would feel useful if just one or two artists found their creative road through the home we're about to build."
The Get Down is set to air through Netflix in 2016. Soundtrack plans have yet to be detailed, beyond now knowing that it will be delivered through Bazmark/RCA.
Hits tied to Luhrmann's films include Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink's cover of "Lady Marmalade" for Moulin Rouge; the Cardigans' "Love Fool" for Romeo + Juliet; and a loaded Great Gatsby soundtrack that featured material from Jack White, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Jay Z, Sia and more.