|Dreams and such...|
Like all things, El Deth began informally among a small group of people. Some may say that El Deth was that small group of people, itself, though the principle purpose has always been the publication and promotion of artistic endevours. Mix tapes...student films...improvisational music jams...that sort of stuff. And that sort of stuff expanded and evolved.
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what the first El Deth release was. Obadiah's Voda, however, is the most likely candidate for El Deth's first "serious" release. From there, the creative energies within El Deth became more focused, if not inspired. The small group of people grew into a network. El Deth oriented shows and parties became popular in and around Knoxville, Tennessee, where the network was thickest.
In 2004, El Deth incorporated as a business, and acquired El Studio. El Studio allowed for many advancements in productivity and quality. Meanwhile, the parties and shows were becoming more elaborate and more attended. Recorded, mixed and mastered entirely at El Studio, Sunspheric Sounds, a compilation of Knoxville musicians, was released. It was the first El Deth project to be internationally distributed and promoted.
After a few very strong years, the studio closed its doors to the outside, focusing entirely and solely on large, private projects. This period saw a few completed gems and several "lost" sessions that may never see the light of day. In any case, El Deth's existance as a record label became more concretely established.
Now, in 2009, El Studio is open to the public once again. We're still working on those large, private projects, but now with more time to take on new talent and hopefully make some new friends in the process.