Space Jams 

A popular Cleveland DJ launches a label of his own.

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  • Walter Novak
  • Sigur Rs drummer gst var Gunnarsson, at the band's Odeon show last week.

Cleveland DJ Ian Mariano is known for his diversity behind the decks: He has a gift for drifting from techno to house to trance with ease and agility. It's little surprise, then, that Mariano's new label, N Space Records, will be defined just as much by variety.

"The whole idea about the label is good, intelligent electronic dance music," says Mariano, a fixture in the Midwest electronica scene for more than a decade and a founder of "The Church," a longtime Sunday DJ series at the former Trilogy Nightclub. "It's not about 'Oh, is it trance? Is it house? Is it break?' It's a combination; joining genres together."

N Space's roster so far includes Long Island native DJ Deviant and local house favorite Steven "Sleepy C" Cinch. Mariano's own "tribute.banner" single will be the label's first release, hopefully by late April. A launch party is slated for Saturday at Abbasso (1222 Prospect Avenue), with Mariano, Deviant, and Clevelander Joseph Siebert spinning and giving out DJ mix CDs and test pressings from the label.

N Space has secured distribution through New York's RMD, a division of Pinnacle Entertainment, the largest distributor of independent labels in the U.K. N Space's records will be pressed in England and distributed out of both New York and Britain -- which should provide a welcome shot of international exposure for Mariano and his roster.

Locally, Mariano also hopes his label will have a unifying influence on the fragmented scene. "There's a lot of diversity in this town, there's a lot of well-defined genres," he says. "There's a lot of people who are strictly house, strictly drum & bass -- this kind of crosses some of those boundaries. I think it's time for something to show people, 'Hey, you can do this without being so narrow-minded about it.'"

While frosty Icelandic instrumentalists Sigur Rós were performing at the Odeon last Sunday, dozens of frosty ticket holders were denied entrance to the show. According to the band's U.K. website (www.sigur-ros.co.uk), 78 ticket-holding fans were barred from the club because the show was oversold by the website Music Today. (A statement from the site is expected soon.) Sigur Rós hopes to make amends with those who missed out; contact the band at paul@sigur-ros.co.uk for more details.

Bill Peters, host of WJCU's Metal on Metal, will emcee a pair of radiothon benefit concerts for the station this Friday and Saturday at the Revolution (3415 Brookpark Road in Parma). Friday night's show features hard-hitters Ground Zero and Zone Eleven (ex-Shok Paris and Purgatory members), plus Burn Blue Sky and Hydra. On Saturday, local heavyweights Gatlin will perform a one-night-only Gatlinized Steel/Forget Forever set, performing material off the band's first two records with its original lineup. Erecto-Jector, Mindscape, and Delusive Dream round out the bill.

A handy new local music site, www.Clevelandmusic.us, has been launched to serve as a directory for shows featuring local bands. Searchable by date, type of music, and venue, the site aims to provide a comprehensive listing of all gigs by area acts, so you'll never have to miss Nuclear Intestinal Bath again.

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