Nick Henderson: How did you first come across, or become aware of this particular song ‘Treaty’?
Gavin Campbell: One day, in the office at Mushroom I spotted a photograph of an Aboriginal ceremony on someone’s desk, and it had a Mushroom logo on it. When you’ve got a publicity shot with a record company logo on it, that’s an artist! I had a bit of a fascination with the dreamtime, I thought it was dark and mysterious.
I had my own light bulb moment. I grabbed the photo, and I went into the other office where the head of A&R, Simon Bayertz, was and I said, ‘What about these guys? Who are they? Can we listen to something for a Razor remix?’ and he said, ‘Well, the thing is, two albums have been made, and not yet recouped on what it cost to produce them’, and that Mushroom wouldn’t want me to remix this band. And that is what he said to me, and he was spot on: the walls went up. And so, I may as well say it now, I snuck the tapes out of the building. Nobody, no permission, no nothing, but there were two people in the building that I told: Simon, and Janine Kerr, who worked in the office. I think she was in business affairs … the head lawyer, Simon Young and Janine had a good relationship, so I felt safe in letting her know too and that I wasn’t really thieving.