In 1971, Bruce Iglauer founded Chicago-based indie blues label Alligator Records. For the last 48 years, Bruce and his team have released hundreds of albums by some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary blues artists. On this episode, Bruce recounts five decades in the business and gives us a taste of what’s next for Alligator. Cutting edge talent Selwyn Birchwood also joins us to talk about his work with Alligator and more.
In our latest installment of the Get Paid series (in collaboration with Vortex Music Magazine), artists and business people share their real-life experiences and advice for booking, promoting and touring.
From streaming to the inner-workings of indie labels, hear our most popular interviews of 2018 as determined by you, our listeners. In this episode, you can hear Liz Pelly speak on “The Problem with Muzak,” Rob Jones’ spiel on the history of Jealous Butcher Records, Jen Cloher’s financial advice on starting your own record label and keeping it local, and what Justin Schmidt has to say about musicians looking to work in the industry without a record label.
For our last episode of 2018, we spotlight independent record label Fresh Selects. Started as a blog in 2008, Fresh Selects celebrates its fifth anniversary as a label this year. Driven by the vision of founder Kenny Fresh, Fresh Selects has made a name for itself by releasing music by artists on the cutting edge, many of whom have found mainstream success.
Throughout 2018, we discussed the implications of the Music Modernization Act (MMA). Now that the historic bill has passed with the support of musicians, labels, and politicians, what’s next? On this episode, hear from Kay Hanley and Michelle Lewis of SONA (Songwriters of North America), SoundExchange president Mike Huppe, and Prof. Larry Miller (NYU, Musonomics).
Established in 1983, Portland’s Projekt Records has released hundreds of albums across the realm of electronic, goth, and ambient music, helping to popularize the term “darkwave.” Founder Sam Rosenthal (Black Tape for a Blue Girl) joins us to discuss the label’s 35 years and how they’ve survived the many ups and downs of the music business. We also hear from Grammy nominated artist Steve Roach about his experience working with Projekt.