Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports…..WAX-O-HOLICS!

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!

Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports Wax-o-Holics!

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?

10155821_10152018504066657_5819956243543444683_nWe 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.

1551548_597900123620397_1067176754_n5. 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.

1502539_628804247196651_245872576_n8. 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!

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Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports….Wrecked ‘Em Wreckords

Several years ago, I met the Sugar Daddy in Memphis. He’s the main man behind  WRECKED ‘EM WRECKORDS. I have been a supporter of his since the early days, and will continue to be. He helped me out quite a bit getting Fat Elvis Records off the ground. It was only natural that I asked him to fill out the FER questionnaire.

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1. When did you start your label and why did you do it?

Business for the label started in 2001, but I had the idea for a few years prior. My friends in college had a band called THE USED. They would play house parties and little shit breather bars around Knoxville. They were great. After a few years together that band dissolved and 3/4ths of the members went on to indie fame with a band called Superdrag. While THE USED did manage to release a split 7″ and a couple of low budget cassettes, they never were properly documented. It was in the back of my mind that if I ever got the money, I was going to try to get those guys back together to record and release a proper cd. Thankfully they were open to it and ultimately “SHAMELESS SELF DESTRUCTION” was the result. It was decided to change the bands name from THE USED to THE USED TO BE for obvious reasons. Once you tell your friends that you are starting a label, their normal response is….”Well my band has an album in the can…” The first release from WRECKED ‘EM WRECKORDS was Detroit country and mid-western band BILL PARKER AND HIS MOTHERSCRATCHERS on 9/11/02

2. What format do you release music on?

7″/12″ both black and colored and CD. WRECKED ‘EM is shifting away from CD and doing more vinyl because that’s what the kids want. It’s also cooler and MAY(?) sound better. Of course all vinyl comes with the proverbial download.

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?

WRECKED ‘EM loves everything it has put out. No regrets at all. Even when the band breaks up as soon as their wreckord is released. Most successful, meaning WRECKED ‘EM lost the least amount of money on? THE USED TO BE.

4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release or are you open to anything?

Generally, WRECKED ‘EM releases are of the LOUDER variety. WRECKED ‘EM has dabbled in country (Bill Parker) and it put out Amy LaVere’s first 7″ (Gabe and Amy Show), but for the most part WRECKED ‘EM WRECKORDS is not quiet music. You won’t be hearing the new Yanni wreckord on WRECKED ‘EM WRECKORDS. That being said, my ear is open to just about anything. Old blues is my favorite genre. So don’t be surprised if you hear something coming out on the WRECKED ‘EM WRECKORDS subsidiary Loose Stool Records.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing?

Generally artists find WRECKED ‘EM. WRECKED ‘EM doesn’t really care for when bands send digital copies of their music via email. WRECKED ‘EM likes getting snail mail with cd’s inside. Remember snail mail? It’s ok to call WRECKED ‘EM old fashioned.

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?

WRECKED ‘EM WRECKORDS has been laying low the past year but will be unleashing it’s best release ever, on picture disc no less, in the upcoming months.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years?

In the next 5 years WRECKED ‘EM WRECKORDS will be 998,214 units from Platinum status, but in the next 10 years, I predict all current stock to be sold out and going for stupid amounts of pocket change. Get it while you can!!!

281678_10151367974008638_1563426469_n8. Where can people find out more about your label?

You can find out more about my WRECKED ‘EM on the World Wide WRECKED ‘EM at www.WRECKED-EM.com Don’t forget the dash….or you won’t end up in my WRECKED ‘EM.

9. What are some of your favorite small record labels?

Revenant. are they small? Light in the Attic.

10. Anything else you would like to add?

WRECKED ‘EM WRECKORDS…..it only SOUNDS dirty!

FER repsonds to the FER Questionnaire!

In the late part of 2013, I sent some questions to many of my favorite small records labels. I have been asked by a few people to fill out on myself. Here are my answers

1. When did you start your label and why did you do it?

I started Fat Elvis Records in July 2012. That’s when it became official. The idea first crossed my mind back in the 1990s. I had plans of releasing cassette tapes of Knoxville bands. I had picked up Dave Grohl’s Pocket Watch Cassette from Simple Machines and a handful of releases from Shrimper records who did really homegrown tapes. The idea sat in the back of mind all those years.

Jump forward to February 2012. I seen the Blackfoot Gypsies perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special, and thought “If I ever decide to do a label, this the band I would love to work with!” I contacted them a few months later, and was surprised they said they would do it! I had two ideas in my head for a label name, Knuckleball or Fat Elvis (I got the name from Shovels and Rope. It was/is the name of their touring vehicle). Matthew Paige of the Blackfoot Gypsies convinced me to go with Fat Elvis by saying “Please, for the love of god, go with Fat Elvis.”

2. What format do you release music on?

So far only 7″ vinyl ,but that could be changing very soon. Although I have recently learned that many of my customers can’t stand lathe cut records, The thought of them still intrigues me. I think if done right they could be really cool. I also have ideas that involve a couple of other formats in the near future.

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?

After two releases, I am happy to say that I am equally excited about both records.
I’m very thankful that the Blackfoot Gypsies took a chance on me and it was a huge hit. The band has the last remaining copies I couldn’t have done it without Tom Needham at Broke Or Made Better though. My idea for the variant covers really sucked, but Tom came in on short notice and created a masterpiece!

I’m also extremely thankful that Reed Turchi took a chance on me. When I asked him, I wasn’t sure if he would turn me down or not. He has his own label, Devil Down Records, so why would he want to work with me? We had a few hiccups getting it pressed, but it sounds and looks amazing!

4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release or are you open to anything?

So far I have been sticking to touring bands with a bit of a following and bands from the south. That could also be changing soon. I’m pretty much open to anything, but I have to believe in what I am releasing.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing?

I have a wish list of sorts of bands I would love to work with. I’m going through that list to see who will work with me. I have to go through them one at a time because I simply don’t have enough cash to release as many records as I would like to.

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?

I can’t give away any specifics just yet, but I have 3 or 4 projects in the works that should keep me busy for the rest of the year.

I would also love to have a Fat  Elvis Records showcase or mini-tour sometime soon! I thought I had one almost worked out a few weeks ago, but things didn’t quite work out.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years?

As much as I don’t want to, I will probably have to do a name change in the next five years or so. I’m taking suggestions! When I started the label, everyone was under the impression it was a joke or not real. I think I am proving myself with each release. I may create a secondary label sometime in the future.

8. What are some of your favorite small record labels?

There are lots! I have found most of these small labels are more than willing to help you with questions you might have. Velocity of Sound and Limited Fanfare have been a huge help! Not sure I could ever repay them. Devil Down Records has given me more than I could ever give back to them as well. Jett Plastic Recordings is always there to give me ideas. Shed House Records is there to help me spread the word!

There’s a lot of small record labels out there putting out lots of great music!

9. Anything else you would like to add?

Yes! I couldn’t do any of his with out the help I have received from my brother Aaron at Fistful of Tigers, my girlfriend Monica, and each of you that have purchased something from me and shared a Facebook or Twitter message to help me get the word out. I love doing this, and I don’t anticipate quitting anytime soon. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!

 

 

On Sale NOW!!

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The anxiously awaited, and long delayed solo debut by Reed Turchi is now available from Fat Elvis Records!

“After five years away from his home in Western North Carolina and the Swannanoa valley, these are songs of summer thunderstorms and endless highways, of railing shadows creeping across the afternoon. Reed’s slide playing blends with and floats above the sounds around him: one microphone, a screen door, wind-chimes, boots on porch-planks, and a night-train somewhere down across the river”

FER-002 Is Here!

Reed Turchi FER-002 Test PressTest presses have arrived, and they sound sweet!!

For a chance to win your very own test press, head over to the Fat Elvis Records Twitter and Facebook pages for the details.

I announced this so long ago, so info may have been forgotten. Here’s a recap of FER-002.

Fat Elvis Records FER-002 Reed Turchi 7″ will be avaiablle in three different versions. “Kudzu” Green (175 copies), “Rhodendren” Violet (175 copies), and a special variant edition which will be clear with random color splatter (100 copies).

The plan right now is to have the records for sale next Monday (1/27) at noon EST. There could be a chance of ordering at 6AM EST next Monday. More details on that later.