Celebration with Communion

Photo: Colin Hart

Communion Records, the label that began life in the Notting Hill Arts Club, recently celebrated their tenth anniversary in style. For one night only the best of the best, including Marcus Mumford, James Bay and new comers such as local girl Rukshana Merrise took to the stage at the uber cool House of Vans. The excitement was tangible. Partygoers mingled with performers – Bears Den were particularly popular – everyone wanted to chat with them. Then the music began.

My goodness, Jack Garrett is a tour du force. Rukshana did a fantastic cover of ‘Respect’ . However, everything good about Communion was encapsulated when all the artists performing that night did an electrifying version of ‘With a little help from my friends.’ It really felt it was a piece of music history.

Maz Tappuni, who has been a driving force behind the Communion family, told me about his memories of the early days.: “I remember releasing our first ever compilation way back when, and celebrating its release at the Notting Hill Arts Club by trying to get all of the acts to perform that same night. We tried getting around fifteen bands to perform. I just remember spending most of the evening looking everywhere for bands. Most of my earlier memories at the Arts Club are so blurred. I blame the bar staff.”

“How would you sum up the first decade of Communion?” I asked, “I would say it’s been a mixture of a lot of learning, a lot of laughing, and a lot of hard work…and spending a lot of time at gigs. A lot of time.”  Max replied.

Me: “What hopes does Communion have for the next 10 years?”. Max: “On the records side of things, we want to keep putting out brilliant records by amazing artists and continuing to support their work and creativity.”

Me: “Who is the artist that you wished you’d signed?” Max: “I wish we had signed Hozier. He’s such a great talent.”. communionmusic

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