It's hard to believe but Frontier Records is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Founder and sole owner Lisa Fancher talks to us about the record label known for putting out punk favorites like Flyboys, The Circle Jerks and Suicidal Tendencies.
20 Buck Spin owner & founder David Adelson talks with us about his heavy metal label, how he has no interest in going digital and how he thinks we need more "actual print zines."
Fat Wreck Chords production manager Chad talks with us about the label. "I don't think it's important for a label to be politically outspoken at all. It's really about the music. If we think the music can be a vehicle for something positive, like what we did with the Rock Against Bush comps, that's great. There are plenty of great labels that don't touch politics, and that's fine too."
Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles Records is celebrating its 30th birthday this week. The label's general manager, Jesse Townley, talks to us about how the label's run and how they've managed to keep going for this long. "When people buy an AT release, they know that Jello has put his stamp of approval on the record."
Neurosis' Steve Von Till talks about working at the helm of the group's Neurot Recordings. "We are brothers, it is all based on inherent trust."
Celia Hirschman of One Little Indian's North American division talks with us about the label's anarchist roots and reanalyzing for the future. "Mainstream success simply means a wide variety of interest from new fans. On the basis of that definition, may all artist have mainstream success."
Franki Chan talks to us about IHEARTCOMIX. "I feel things are being exposed like never before. The scene that bands like No Age and Matt & Kim hail from would never have had the kind of exposure like it has without the internet, same w[ith] the latest generation dance music. I think the trends and fads come and go a lot faster now, but it's also easier to make lasting impact."
Tooth & Nail Records might be considered a Christian record label, but they aren't about limiting their artists. Brandon Ebel, the label's president, discusses how a family loan is now releasing gold records. "Now more than ever artists need their entity and brand to be fully supported by a label that believes in them."
Chicago's Bloodshot Records is known for a distinctly alternative take on country. But bringing music fans releases by Ryan Adams, Old 97's, and Neko Case is no easy task, just ask co-owner Nan Warshaw. "If you're wanting to get into the 'music biz' or if you're doing it to make money, I recommend you shoot yourself now -- it will be less painful."
From a start in the early '90s releasing Krishna hardcore bands, Equal Vision Records is now known for their hardcore, indie and screamo bands. The label's Director of Publicity Francesca Caldara gives us the inside information on how they do it and how working in the music industry can make you hate music.
For nearly fifteen years, Metropolis Records has been releasing albums that you couldn't find elsewhere in the States. With a business style a little different than other record labels, Metropolis founder, president and owner Dave Heckman gives us the inside story.
SoCal label Science Records opened up shop just about one year ago and life sure is good, says Ryan Whalley, one of the label's managers. "All of our artists are successful if we're able to put their release out, get them on the road, and put that record into music listeners hands. We've had just about all of our artists on the Warped Tour, have also had them out with bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Silverstein, Saosin, Radio Rebellion Tour, Story Of The Year, Taste Of Chaos and Megadeth to name a few. We're very fortunate for the success we've had with all of our artists."
Short, simple and to the point: "We don't work with assholes," says Poison Tree Records owner Matt Sells. Formed just over a year over, PlugInMusic.com spotlights Poison Tree Records on how they got going and how they keep things rocking.
Over a decade ago, Kottonmouth Kings’ Brad X, aka Daddy X, founded Suburban Noize Records for the band’s first album. Today, the label encompasses a variety of genres – from rock to hip hop – and produces more than just music. PlugInMusic.com spotlights Suburban Noize as our October label feature.
Think metal is dead? Think again. Dave from the newly formed Heavy Artillery talks to PlugInMusic.com about the today's metal scene, what is coming up next for the young label and how the label's financed by selling crack in local school yards. He's joking. (We think.)
While other record labels are trying to take over the world, Dischord Records has been making an impact on the music scene and industry for nearly fifteen years. Dischord's Alec Bourgeois talks to PlugInMusic.com about the label's past and how it fits in to today's borderless Internet age.
Just four years after American Laundromat's initial release -- a compilation paid for with founder Joe Spadaro's tax return -- the label is getting mainstream mentions. Spadaro speaks with PlugInMusic.com about his label.
When you are looking for extreme metal, Candlelight Records is the label to check out. Paula Hogan, general manger for Candlelight Records USA, talks with PlugInMusic.com about the US division's 2001 founding and what they have in store for music fans in 2007.
Punk Core's manager and found Dave Amcher talks to PlugInMusic.com about how this punk rock label started as a fanzine over 15 years ago. Learn about what goes on behind the scenes at Punk Core.
Joshua talks to Plug In about how his independent label, 301 Studios, is managing to churn out underground electronic and hip-hop music from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Southern Lord's Greg Anderson talks about how hard work and a passion for music can sometimes pay off.
The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Crystal and Casey Brandt discuss their label, Mungler Winslowe, and how success is not always defined financially.
The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Sympathy For The Record Industry's owner tells Plug In how he has turned an accident into a full time job.
The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. This month, Edward Shimborske III of Sin Klub Entertainment tells us how his hard rocking label does it.
The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. Check back the last Monday of every month for a new label spotlight. This month, Emil from Omega Point Records takes some time to talk nuts and bolts of independent labels and offer some good advice.
The bands know how to rock and roll, but they need their label to help them get their music to the fans. Check back the last Monday of every month for a new label spotlight. This month the focus is on Fake Chapter Records. Owner Gilligan gives us the inside scoop on what makes his label tick and how a little heart can go a long way.
In the second edition of the label spotlight, we turn our attention to Elephant Stone. Ben Vendetta talks to us about his label's strict genre guidelines, the business side of things and how he makes it all work.