James Murphy addresses ousting of DFA Records co-founder Jonathan Galkin

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LCD Soundsystem frontman co-founded the label with Galkin and Tim Goldsworthy in 2001

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James Murphy has responded to fellow DFA Records co-founder Jonathan Galkin after Murphy was sacked from the label in July 2020.

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According to Murphy, the LCD Soundsystem frontman co-founded the label with Galkin and Tim Goldsworthy in 2001, with Galkin driving the DFA “whole hog” in recent years.

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In a recent interview with author Sean Reinaldo his weekly 1st floor News bulletin, Galkin revealed that he was dismissed by Murphy last summer.


“One day I came to work and [DFA building’s] The locks were changed, ”Galkin recalled. “It was a really sad day, and the only information I got was that the partnership – which I was a part of as a minority owner – had made the decision to cut the label. And then it got ugly, with lawyers involved. “

Galkin claimed that he was “barred from communicating with anyone” at the DFA after being kicked out, adding: “It felt like a wrestling move, where you step into the ring and are immediately stunned by your opponent. There are no talks, virtually nothing.”

Murphy has now responded to Galkin’s account in a new interview hay-stalker In which he explained the reasons for the latter’s dismissal and confirmed that he had indeed changed the locks in the office of the DFA.

Although he did not cite a specific incident that prompted Galkin’s dismissal, Murphy expressed concern over the financial situation of the DFA and said that he feared the label was “going to collapse” and was “not fulfilling”. [he] Accept[s] It has moral duties towards its artists”.

James Murphy of LCD Sound Systems (Picture: Getty)

Recalling how he called Galkin to tell him he was “out”, Murphy said: “I remember feeling this, and it’s terrible. But after thinking for a while, he He could only hear what I told him. ‘Well, how are you going to retire? How’s it going? What will the future look like?’


“I had to do that and he knows why, and if he doesn’t know why, it’s because he just didn’t listen,” Murphy continued. “But I explained really clearly why he had to go… after the initial shock—which would have to be bloodthirsty to shock you, because it was much more than anywhere—I just called him and I was like, ‘It can’t go on’. And I told him, ‘Don’t go to the office, we’re going to find your exit’. And he said, ‘Okay’.

“And I had changed the locks because I thought he would go to the office. So an hour later he called me and said, ‘You changed the locks?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m glad I changed the locks’.”

Murphy said: “It sucked, it felt like I was stabbing my friend in the back, but I knew he would go in and I didn’t want him to go in. And I’m not going to say why Why he had to go is between me and him, and why I changed the locks is between me and him, unless he wants to share it. But I’m not interested in splurging on John.”

In response to Murphy’s comments, Galkin later said hay-stalker that “a case has to be made” [that] The label will collapse in time”. However, he also argued: “A strong case has to be made that with real teamwork from partners, all in the same room, visiting artists and accounting and release schedules and catalogs, etc., the label would have been fine.”

Galkin said he was “unsure what”. [Murphy] In regards to why he changed the locks. “I actually went to get my laptop charger.”

James Murphy of LCD Sound Systems performs at the Lisbon Coliseum on June 19, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. credit: Pedro Gomes / Redfern

hay-stalker It also reports that Galkin sued Murphy, label partner Tyler Brody and DFA LLC in August 2020 for breach of contract, fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and more. However, the suit was voluntarily closed by Galkin’s lawyers the following month.

Galkin has since set up a new label, Fourfour Records, who are set to release the new album by former DFA artists Black Dice on Friday (October 1).

Galkin told Reynaldo he had “immediate concern” after his dismissal from the DFA [for] All the artists who were stuck in the middle”, he said that he “wanted to get them out of the burning building, so I took a bunch of unfinished albums and started setting up my own label”.

Murphy told hay-stalker that he blessed Galkin to take any unfinished DFA records and release them on FourFour (“The DFA on the records paid all recording costs”), and claimed that he paid Galkin the money to start his new label. offered to give.

However, Galkin dismissed Murphy’s claims: “There was no blessing…. I didn’t take any money from them, only the album. And they were in various stages of completion. No, they didn’t ask me for any expenses related to those albums.” Didn’t ask me to reimburse the label. But somehow they weren’t completed and that was before I got them. Some were almost done and some that weren’t done at all.”

Back in July Murphy confirmed that the LCD soundsystem is currently “on full hiatus”.

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