Some truly great things are happening at Wax-O-holics. The label is collective of extremely talented friends bringing something unique to the table. So far the have released a handful of posters and prints, some of the craziest looking slip mats, and some great storage boxes for your vinyl. The best is yet to come! Wait until you see what they have planned for the first record release!
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1. When did you start your label and why did you do it?
In summary, Wax-O-Holics was formed shortly after RSD 2013. A group of us camped at Third Man Records together. Some I already knew and some were new faces. I suppose we all liked one another enough to keep in touch. When we all got home, we started a group chat on Facebook that we call “The Circle of Trust”. (I’m watching you, Greg)
We’ve literally talked everyday since and have grown to be the best of friends.
Pretty much immediately, we began brainstorming about what each member could contribute in order to produce top notch products and services. The more I talked to these great people, the more the pieces began to fit. We no doubt had a diverse group of extraordinary people. Each person had something unique to bring to the table that they were not only great at, but passionate about. We hashed out rolls and responsibilities, decided on a name and theme, built a website and started out with a couple slipmat designs. The slipmats sold out so fast that I think it blew our minds a little bit. The general concept is and always will be, to collaboratively work on unique products that appeal to music lovers and vinyl collectors alike. We are also big on helping musicians out. There’s so much unnoticed talent out there and it feels great to put a little spotlight on bands that deserve it.
Our entire team is full of avid vinyl collectors. When we prep for a piece of art or a record release, we always start with the question “What would WE like to see as collectors?” Then we brainstorm from there. It’s a simple, yet very effective process.
2. What format(s) do you release music on?
We’ve decided that our “thing” will be 7” vinyl EP’s with 4 or 5 songs @33RPM. We also plan to put out some 12” LPs in the future.
3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?
We just announced that Wax-O-001 will be released on 5.5.2014. This release is an amazing artist that I’ve admired for many years, Mr. Dom Flemons. We have a ton of people involved with this one. I am truly amazed and very proud as to how smoothly everything is running. It’s a beautiful thing to see so many people from all over the country sync up like this. Everyone is getting their hands dirty. Everyone is somehow involved. One person does their thing, boxes up and ships to the next artist and so on, until the product is complete. I’m pretty sure these variant sleeves have seen more cities in the states than I have.
Also, I am very proud of our “Party Foul” slipmat. It was a collaboration between Nicholas “Boat” Lynch and myself.
Our blog has also really taken off. I can’t say enough about the excellent job that DeadWeather Denver has done so far with the help of Jessica D. Ray and Jen & Juice. DWD manages that part of the site and there are some great reads there. She’s pulled down some pretty big names and there’s more to come.
4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release (i.e. genres, regions, etc) or are you open to anything? If so, what is your preference?
Another cool thing about our organization is the eclectic taste in music. We’re all over the place. Our next release will be a hard hitting band out of Seattle. Almost the exact opposite of Flemons.
5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?
I have an extensive background working press, creating merch and promoting musicians. The friends and contacts I’ve made in the industry over the years helps tremendously. Also, we all go to a ton of live shows and we are spread out, so at least once a week, someone discovers a gem. We have a LONG wish list. I am also a fan of the bandcamp site, daytrotter and a few others for discovering new stuff.
6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?
We are very tied up with fabrication on Dom’s EP right now. Jen & Juice introduced me to a band called The Grizzled Mighty recently and we are in talks with them for our “Wax-O-002”.
7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?
I try to not have expectations. Sometimes that pressure removes the fun from things. We all have fun and people enjoy our products. That’s what matters. I want Wax-O-Holics to be a “game changer”. We want people to stay excited about what’s next. We want to blow some minds and bring you things you’ve never seen done. I think it’s working due to the overwhelming response from our fans. With that being said, I’d be willing to bet there are enough releases and project ideas in this notebook sitting next to me that will keep us busy for the next five years.
We are more than a label. We are also a service. Our business model caters to other labels, artists and musicians. We do art and fabrication for many of our favorite labels. We also provide album art, t-shirt design, logos, gig posters, websites… If it’s visual, we can do it. I’d like to see this grow in the future, but I’m in no hurry. Everything happens in it’s own time.
8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc)?
We are on the Facebook, which is where we hold our contests and do most of our announcements. We also have an Instagram. (Both are /waxoholics)… Also, our website can be found at www.waxoholics.com
9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?
There are so many we love! Our friend’s labels, Fat Elvis (of course), Grimtale Records, Philthy Phonographic, Jett Plastic Recordings, Shed House, and others. We have been lucky enough to work with most of our friend’s labels to some extent and are excited to continue doing so. We are all also fans of Third Man, Infinity Cat, Burger, Sun, Innovative Leisure, Fat Wreck and many, many others.
10. Anything else you would like to add?
I’d like to extend a huge thank you our supporters and the entire Wax-O-Crew. You’re the ones the keep the gears turning!