Label Spotlight: Science Records

posted December 5, 2007

by Corinne

Science RecordsPlease introduce yourself.

My name is Ryan Whalley, I'm one of the label managers at Science Records.

When and why was the label started?

We were founded in Southern California just about a year ago. We've all worked in the music business for a while and wanted to create a home for artists we support and take a stab at making a change in the current music industry.

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

We put out all kinds but primarily focus on youth culture. Music for and about the youth.

What was the first release? How did was it financed?

First release was Blessthefall's "His Last Walk" and it was financed through our label.

What is the most recent release?

The Dear and Departed's "Something Quite Peculiar."

How do you feel about sharing music on the Internet?

We feel the Internet has allowed labels like us and artists like ours to really prosper. Its expanded the reach and accessibility for relatively young artists. On the other hand, there needs to be a balance and a structure that is set up to support artwork which hasn't been figured out yet. There is true value in music and that always needs to be kept in the forefront of our minds.

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

Go for it! Find that artist that you truly believe in and put your blood, sweat and tears into it. The tools are at your fingertips to get started.

What has been your most successful release?

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.

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

The best way is to come at us with an arsenal accomplishments that the band has done on their own.... tours, online statistics, self released sales numbers, etc. As I said, the tools are there to do it on your own so bands need to take advantage of that and try to control their own destiny. The worst way is to come at us with their hands out asking us "what are we gonna do for them." This is a partnership and we all need to be working just as hard to elevate that artists career.

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

Its hard to put into words, but we look for passion, hard work, energy, a fantastic live performance and that one thing that sets them apart from the thousands of other bands that are out there.

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?

Trying to be as organized as possible. We are a small label with a hardworking team, so everyone needs to be kept in the loop and on the same page of the ins and outs of the company.

Science Records has just signed a number of bands with upcoming 2008 releases. What else can we expect from Science in the upcoming year?

We're pushing further into the "music business" rather than just focusing on being a record label. Working on clothing, selling records in new retail outlets, web development, starting tours and anything else that can help us move into the future and allow us to continue to develop young bands careers.

Anything else you would like to add?

Keep supporting music and have [a] Happy Holidays.

Thanks for your time!