In 1991, Rob Jones started Jealous Butcher in Eugene, Oregon. Since then, he’s released countless records from some of the state’s most exciting artists — many on the verge of their big break. On this episode, Jones describes the history of Jealous Butcher, the philosophy behind the label, and how his business has (and intentionally […]
On this episode, we talk to people who offer services traditionally taken care of by a label, but outside of the traditional artist/label relationship. Hear from Shanna Jade, who works with Stem, a platform that aims to simplify artist payments. We also talk with Justin Schmidt of Missing Piece Group, a full-service marketing, PR and management agency and Gabe Herring, who runs Woods Ent. Group and works with CD Baby.
Australian artist Jen Cloher joins us in studio to talk about the Sydney music scene and her particular D.I.Y. approach to the music business, which she frequently shares through a program called “I Manage My Music.” She also talks about how her own career as a musician, and how her experiences there shapes to the ways that she chooses to run the label Milk! Records, along with Courtney Barnett.
Compass Records was founded in 1994 by artists Garry West and Alison Brown. Called “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade” by Billboard, Compass specializes in roots, bluegrass, and Americana — and boasts the largest Celtic catalog in the world. On this episode, we hear about the label’s philosophy and history from co-founder Garry West. Compass artist Laura Cortese also shares her perspective.
Light in the Attic founder Matt Sullivan joins us to talk about the inspiration behind the Seattle label, their emphasis on reissues as well as their distribution service and more. We also hear from Ishmael Butler, whose work with Digable Planets has been released with LITA.
Merge Records has been behind some of the independent world’s most popular releases from bands like Spoon, Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, Waxahatchee, and of course, Superchunk since 1989. We hear about the label’s beginnings from co-founder Laura Ballance (Superchunk), and are joined again by MC Taylor of Merge band Hiss Golden Messenger.