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Al Galvez says he doesn't need friends to make it in the music business. Good thing, too, because he barely seems to have any.

Rajan doesn't expect this illumination to arrive anytime in the near future. "I don't really care to ever see Al again," he spits. "The guy's a scumbag. He's not a musician -- he should be an executive somewhere. He belongs behind a desk, not a guitar."

To an extent Galvez would agree. For the past three years, he's worked for the Fort Lauderdale-based Winter Music Conference, a massive, international powwow for electronic and dance music that holds festivals and seminars once a year in Miami Beach. He began as a volunteer but was promoted to head of events and promotion last year. "I worked -- hard," Galvez explains. "I jumped from answering phones and running errands, and I never said, "That's not in my job description.'"

With his own company, however, Galvez's ambitions narrowed in scope as AKIAV became his primary focus. It is still ostensibly a record label, though its catalog is small and obscure. Rather than surrounding himself with volunteers, employees, or associates who may cause friction, he plans to run the business by himself.

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"It's been a lot less problematic that way," Galvez explains. "I can't honestly say I want to put my effort into putting out somebody else's records. I've got to take care of what I'm working on first, and then maybe in the future I can help people who deserve it."

Bursts of ambition seem to strike Galvez hourly, and when he's motivated he believes he can do anything. Last October Space Cadette brought indie-rock luminaries Low and Ida to Underground Coffeeworks in West Palm Beach, and a month later he paid for Mark Kozelek of the Red House Painters to play a rare solo show at the venue. AKIAV opened for both shows. When Galvez is in the company of an inspiration and influence like Kozelek or Low's Al Sparhawk, he adopts the respectful air of a young apprentice. But when he feels that he has something to teach, it's a different story entirely.

"When I started Space Cadette, I had a lot of associates," he says. "We didn't always think the same. But I've always thought it's an honor to be working under a strong boss."

He will acknowledge -- reluctantly -- that some of those former associates feel betrayed. "I really don't care," he says angrily. "I'm nobody's dad. I know what my ethical standards are, and I go to sleep at night very soundly. And if I've ever burned a bridge, it's because I absolutely had to. I have never done anything I am not absolutely proud of."

Pride flits around the room following the Boca Pub performance.

"This is just the beginning," Galvez says breathlessly. "This is the first time I've really been able to take off." Referring to AKIAV's transition from barstool-perchers to full-fledged rock band, he announces, "First I was sitting down; now I'm standing. The next thing you know, I'm going to be running and then flying. Watch -- I'm not kidding."

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