So I'm seeing some inquiries regarding the origin of Little Dume Recordings, my record label. Here's what I know, or think I know about what it's inspired by. Point Dume is a promontory on the western end of Malibu, California. It also marks the uppermost end of Santa Monica Bay. It was used as a navigational point for mariners dating back to the 1700's. Point Dume was named by George Vancouver in 1793 in honor of Padre Francisco Dumetz of Mission San Buenaventura. The name was misspelled as "Dume" on Vancouver's map and was never corrected.
The "Little Dume" part probably was coined by local surfers and beach goers in the late sixties-early seventies to describe the beautiful and somewhat inaccessible beach that lies below the cliffs. They called the far western point Big Dume, which was easier to get to and was excepted as the more public area of the beach, and the more private "locals only" part, Little Dume. Besides the beauty and privacy of the place, it boasts some of the best south and southwest facing waves maybe anywhere, certainly in California. There was a time when even speaking to "outsiders" about Little Dume beach would be considered an act of treason by the fiercely territorial local surfers who felt they owned the place. My family and I arrived in Malibu in the mid-eighties when it was still a pretty unknown beach but I have heard stories about how "enforcers" would keep non-locals away by literally dragging them out of the water if they wouldn't leave when told. These days, the secret is definitely out due to word of mouth, the phenomenal flood of new surfers and Internet sites that broadcast every detail about the place (I got some of the facts here from Wikipedia).
Fortunately, I'm old enough to have experienced the days when the secret hadn't gotten out yet. I can remember times when I wished someone would come out and join me in the water. When there were riderless waves coming one after another. Then, maybe one or two or three guys would paddle out and we'd all talk about whatever in between sets and take turns riding incredibly perfect waves until we got tired or hungry. These days, if a good swell comes, it's like a madhouse out there and many times too aggressive for me at my advanced age. Also, with the introduction of "stand-up paddling" (where people stand on a large buoyant longboard and propel themselves with a paddle) there are so many people in the water, many of whom know nothing about the basic skills and etiquette of surfing, there's just a lot of mayhem.
Years ago, when I was thinking about what to name my publishing company, I liked the sound of Little Dume Music and because it has been such a huge part of our lives (it literally was my kids backyard for their entire childhood) I thought it fit perfectly. Later, when Rob, George and I started the label, we decided there was no need to call it anything else.
I hope this is helpful to those who wanted the background, and hope everyone is having a relaxing summer.
photo: Seth Page