Label Spotlight: Neurot Recordings

posted September 30, 2009

by Corinne

Neurot Recordings

Please introduce yourself.

I am Steve Von Till, I play guitar and sing in Neurosis and help run Neurot Recordings.

When and why was the label started?

NR started in 1999. Initially the ideas was to create a home for Neurosis and all our related projects. We felt it would be more appropriate to have our art come directly from the source, almost as if looking back to a more traditional craft view of doing business.

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

Inspired original music that transcends category and moves people. It must contain that unspoken spirit that connects us with our people.

What was the first release and how was it financed?

Our first release was the reissue of Neurosis “Souls at Zero” and “Enemy of the Sun” albums which we had regained the rights to. We financed it ourselves.

What is the most recent release?

Our most recent releases are the upcoming Shrinebuilder album and the second album from A Storm of Light.

What has been your most successful release?

Neurosis – Given to the Rising has been our best so far.

How do you handle the work of bands, side-projects and a fully-functioning record label?

And a family and a full time job… With patience and prioritization.

How does the relationship between the collective group of owners versus the day to day operations work?

We are brothers, it is all based on inherent trust.

How does the label decide which artists and projects outside of the inner circle to release?

Someone will come across something, we will share it, talk about it, and if we are all on the same page, someone will contact that artist and talk to them about our label, how it works, what to expect, etc.

What do you see as the future of record labels?

I don’t know right now. It is a scary time for small business, and I don’t know what the future holds. I think labels for a while will have to become smaller and more specialized.

How has your label adapted to changes in society, business, etc?

By sheer unwillingness to give up, and dragged into the modern world by force if we want to survive.

Any words of wisdom for those brave souls interested in running their own label?

Don’t quit your day job, you will need the money. It must be a labor of love, because you won’t get much else out of it. Be honest and maintain your integrity.