Label Spotlight: Mungler Winslowe Records

posted March 1, 2006

by Corinne

Mungler Winslowe RecordsPlease introduce yourselves.

Crystal and Casey Brandt, owners and proprietors of the Brooklyn label Mungler Winslowe Records.

When and why did you start your label?

Casey: We started it in 2002 as a way to put our own music out.

What kind(s) of music does your label put out?

Casey: Since we're losing money at a pretty steady rate, we don't have to worry about the tastes of people supporting us, so we put out whatever the hell we want. Basically, we still put out our own work first and try and help our friends when we can, too.

Crystal: I always like to say we put out "good music" just to see who has their cheese filter on.

What was your first release? How did you finance it?

Casey: It was the Corn Crop and the Seven Donkeys 7", credit card debt baby.

Crystal: That was our first *official* and formal release. We'd put out a few things before that, though, with little Mungler Winslowe labels stuck on them.

What is your most recent release?

Casey: Twilight Dump

Crystal: Casey puts out so many records that his answer will be obsolete by next week.

How do you feel about sharing music on the Internet?

Casey: Fine. It'd be nice to get paid for our work, but I think most musicians record because they want other people to hear their work and be able to respond, that's our main concern and the internet is a big help in making work available.

Crystal: Well said. And even though it doesn't pertain to our music, I also feel that from a purely educational standpoint it's important to hear hard-to-find/archival/out-of-print recordings. There's so much incredible music out there that's not available on CD; online archivists should be lauded instead of criminalized.

Do you have any words of wisdom for those interested in running their own label?

Casey: Good luck, sucker.

Crystal: Be professional, consistent and considerate. There's a real person on the receiving end of that email/promo/phone call who's probably just as tired and underpaid as you are. Oh, and keep it simple.

What has been your most successful release?

Casey: "Success" for us can't really be measured in monetary terms since we're not making any but I think Crystal's Voter album got the most reviews, radio-play, and just general attention, which I consider to be a success. We've heard a lot of positive feedback about the Croup album, too, which I also consider a success.

Crystal: I feel that every release as been recorded exactly the way each artist intended... which is pretty cool to me. That's how I currently define success.

What is the best way and the worst way to get a label's attention?

Casey: Best way is to put out great music, worst way is to be an ass and piss a lot of people off.

Crystal: The best way is to use a spell checker! Make music that is authentic and not an attempt to recreate someone else. The worst way is to email your mp3's to us without asking first. ARGH!!!

Regardless of genre, what do you look for in the artists and bands you sign?

Casey: Chutzpah.

Crystal: Nice eyes and a great sense of humor. It also helps if you can sing in key during the verses.

There are a lot of legalities involved in running a label (signing bands, releasing records, everyday work, etc.). How does your label deal with these things?

Casey: Crystal basically handles all of that on her own, which is why we're looking for an intern.

Crystal: Let's just say it helps that I don't need a lot of sleep and I make a mean pot of speed-grade coffee (thanks, Gorilla!).

Anything else you would like to add?

Casey: Rock and Roll suicide!

Crystal: Don't trust anyone who talks trash about Journey. Or Ringo. Ever.