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Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports…..Classic Waxxx Records!

 

A few months ago, I was browsing through a few Facebook groups, and I stumbled upon a Lightnin’ Hopkins 7″ that I just had to have! I did a little digging and found it had been recently released on a label called Classic Waxx Records. I immediately ordered it, and when it arrived, I was astounded by outstanding quality of the release. Nice sounding vinyl from a blues legend, and a screen printed sleeve worthy of framing! I had  become and instant fan!

I did a little more digging, and found that the label owner also runs his own printing studio, Napkin Arts Studio. The prints they turn out are equally amazing as the music!

I know you will become a fan of them as well!

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

I started Classic Waxxx Records last Summer, in June 2014 to be exact. Classic Waxxx originally started out in 2010 as a blog dedicated to vintage vinyl records, peppered with reviews of classic albums, LP covers, label art and music ripped from the personal collection.

It had always been a dream of mine to do album cover art for bands and record labels, and maybe, one day, release some music on vinyl. I’m not musically inclined, but I figured there was probably something I could put on wax and send out into the world. Really, having the record label is an outlet for me to be the creative director and make all the album cover art, packaging design, etc., and do it from a fan and collector perspective, rather than a commercial one. Plus, being the music junkie that I am, I wanted to share some of my tastes with some new and seasoned record collectors out there.

Lightnin’ Hopkins Heritage Series

2. What format(s) do you release music on?
Our focus is primarily vinyl, but in the short time we’ve been around, we’ve had to learn to quickly adapt to the changing music landscape, especially with the demand constraints vinyl produces on labels and collectors. The average turnaound time for having vinyl pressed is 4-5 months. We really have to plan our releases accordingly, and work with several pressing plants at once to do all we need to do. So, we are also dabbling in digital formats, like downloads and CDs. We like the convenience digital gives music fans, but at the end of the day, we are in this because of vinyl. As long as there are plants pressing vinyl, you’ll be able to find the majority of our releases on vinyl.

Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 Limited Edition 7″

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?
We’re pretty proud of everything we’ve released, so far. I would have to say the biggest thrill has to be the Lightnin’ Hopkins single that started our “Heritage Series” reissue campaign, as well as our forth-coming Johnny Cash “Live at Big ‘D’ Jamboree” EP. But, I have to thank John Paul Smith and The Coal Creek Boys from Alberta, Canada, for giving us the music for our very first vinyl release. He and the band have been beyond generous in helping us get established. Their fan base is so amazing, and I’m still pinching myself on a daily basis that this label exists. If it weren’t for them and the many fans we’ve gathered via social media, especially Instagram, we wouldn’t be here.

Lightnin’ Hopkins was the first blues musician I discovered on my own, and I quickly became a fan. I really wanted his music to be the start of our reissue campaign, and by shear luck and good timing, I was able to make that happen for the label. Johnny Cash also has had a big impact on my life, and when the opportunity came to release these nearly lost recordings from Cash’s Big ‘D’ Jamboree performance, I couldn’t pass it up. It’ll be the first time these recordings will be given a stand-alone vinyl release here in the US.

Johnny Cash live at Big D’ Jamboree

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?
I’m pretty open to most genres of music, but I do have a soft spot for blues, jazz, classic country and rock n’ roll. We’re committed to honoring and preserving our Texas music history, so music and artists that have a deep connection to Texas, we want to make that music available to the public, even if it is in small quantities.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?
We receive the occasional music submission through our website, and I’ll often keep my ears and eyes open to music that piques my interest. There is some great new music being made, though my heart belongs to the classics, so a lot of my focus is in material we can reissue. We’ve got some relationships fostering with emerging acts, right now, so we are excited to see what develops over the next few months and years to come.

Coal Creek Boys – Out West

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?We always on the prowl for great material that would be killer additions to our “Heritage Series” campaign. The Coal Creek Boys latest album, “Out West,” will be released on vinyl really soon, which we are really excited about. After some delays from the pressing plant, we finally received the test pressings and they sound great. Really can’t wait for the fans to hear the album the way it is meant to be heard. The band is also working on a follow-up album that is more blues-centric, and I’m excited to hear the final masters. Naturally, we always have several irons in the fire, so to speak, but I’ll refrain from sharing too much in fear of us jinxing ourselves.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?
I’m amazed we’ve even come this far in less than a year’s time, releasing some top notch talent that I wouldn’t have thought we would be able to, otherwise. I’d love to see the label expand enough to bring in a few dedicated record lovers help us, as well as get to a point where we can afford help in the distribution area. It is a lot of work to self-distribute our records. Its time we’d like to spend on doing more project research and getting new projects started. But, regardless of what happens, I know Classic Waxxx will be around. I have too much love and passion for vinyl to just treat this like an ordinary hobby.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label?
I’m on Instagram quite a bit, promoting our new releases and showing off stuff from the personal collection. You can find us there @cw_records, as well as our Facebook page and website. We are also on Twitter and Tumblr, you you wade in those parts of the social media waters, too.

Classic Waxxx Promo Posters

9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?
Hands down, I’m a big fan of what Third Man Records and Daptone is doing, (although Third Man probably isn’t so small anymore.) There might be a few who disagree with me on this, but I feel as though Jack White single-handedly made vinyl popular and mainstream with younger generations, for which I thank him from the bottom of my heart. We all know vinyl never completely went away, but I think he was one of the loudest proponents for the format coming back into the forefront. I like novelty and kitsch, and Third Man does it better than anyone, right now.

I was fortunate enough to meet quite a bit of the Daptone crew via the Dap-Kings, when Sharon Jones last came through Dallas. They were so down to earth, friendly and approachable. Gabe Roth, one of the main cats at Daptone, who is an incredible songwriter, producer, musician, etc., is a big inspiration. Daptone has been doing things their way for a long time now, and releasing some killer classics on vinyl. I felt like I could do the same with Classic Waxxx with our own vision.

I also love what Hidden Volume Records is doing. Their packaging design, as well as Estrus Records‘ releases from the 1990s, is design gold. Their artistic direction definitely fuels our creative fire. Of course, I’m a pushover for anything from the Sun Records catalog…

10. Anything else you would like to add?
I’m still so humbly in awe of what we’ve been able to accomplish in a short period of time, and that people are taking notice. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Classic Waxxx, and all the records that get embedded into people’s collections

 

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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!

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The complete collection!

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Thanks Luke Biehler!

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!!

 

 

Fat Elvis Records Supports….Soul Step Records

I first discovered Soul Step Records through North Carolina band Holy Ghost Tent Revival. After that, I found their Matt Duncan Fortune Teller Vinyl release which still amazes me. You have to see it to believe it!

Fat  Elvis Records Proudly Supports….Soul Step Records!

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

I started the label in 2012 when I had found most of my “white whale” vinyl. I started to dig and dig and find less and less. I decided that it was time to move beyond buying vinyl and start making vinyl. I then came up with a crazy business plan where I could support these artists who need our service.

2. What format(s) do you release music on?

Vinyl. Only Vinyl.

Matt Duncan
Soft TImes
Soul Step Records

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

Well, I’m like a father and I could never pick between any of these releases because they all hold a special place in my heart. However our most successful release was the Matt Duncan record. Having the famous artist Robert Beatty do the artwork, having the Fortune Teller Vinyl and add in great sales – it’s by far the most successful we’ve had.

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(s)?

I’m open to anything but I’ll admit I’m weak for a soul record.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?

It’s a bit of everything. Sometimes they find me, sometimes I find them. I’m hoping one day I’ll never have to hunt because we’re so well-known. But until then I’ll be digging.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival
So Long I Screamed
Soul Step Records

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

Right now we have Nashville-based MODOC coming out in December. The rest is still in the baby stages.

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

I would want the label to become self-sufficient. We still fight for every sale and for every person’s awareness of us. I’m not focused on the big picture – rather just focusing on one release to the next.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc)?

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We have all of these!
www.soulsteprecords.com
www.facebook.com/soulsteprecords
www.twitter.com/soulsteprecords
www.instagram.com/soulsteprecords

We can be found everywhere it seems!

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

I’m not sure if all of these are small, but I would say Microfische, Hop Hop, Numero Group, Secret Stash, Cultures of Soul, Third Man, Truth & Soul, Daptone, Dunham.

10. Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for taking the time for us. We’re happy to be part of the Vinyl game and we hope through our biz we can support independent artists and push the vinyl medium forward!

Fat Elvis Records Supports….Mystical Records

Mystical Records has nearly 30 releases in 4 years. They recently sent me a copy of Mystical Records Sampler Series Vol. 1 LP (12 bucks shipped!). I was so impressed, I asked them to fill out  one of My Q & A list.

Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports….

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

We started in August of 2009. We did it because physical music was on the decline and it seemed like a good thing to do since we were constantly creating material/albums. We wanted to be official and promote physical releases.

2. What format(s) do you release music on?

Compact Disc and Vinyl

Sampler Vol. 1
Mystical Records

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

Most successful is The Missionaries Alpha & Omega. The release that we are most proud of is the Sampler Series LP (Vol. 1).

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(s)?

Mystical Records welcomes all types of genres….but, we sure do love some rock & roll.  With that said, we have quite an eclectic group of contributing artists. The possibilities are endless for us.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?

Demos, blogs, email, Soundcloud, word of mouth, Facebook, and friends.

Slow Turtle Fast
Mystical Records

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

Slow Turtle Fast – Salivating Babies (7″)….Presale is up now!

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

Growing more artists and releases, CD is our primary format but we would like to increase more of our releases on vinyl.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc)?

Website
Facebook
Twitter

And of course…WhiteSwirl.

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

-Fat Elvis
Grimtale
Shed House

10. Anything else you would like to add?

We are always looking for more artists to release. Also looking to collaborate/team up with other small labels and their respective artists.

 

Fat Elvis Supports….Philthy Phonographic Records

I have been quite overwhelmed with the responses with these questionnaires. I didn’t expect to get so many back! The response from the labels has been great, and the feedback I am getting from the fans is equally as great, so let’s keep it rolling….

This time it’s Philthy Phil’s Philthy Phonographic Records (What a fantastic name, say that 3 times really fast). Phil has a few great releases in a short time, and shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.

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

I started Philthy Phonographic Records in the summer of 2013 on a whim, but had been thinking about it for about a year prior. I have liked records ever since I was a child. My brother and I got a record player for Christmas and in our playroom used to spin records regularly. We used it so much that we eventually had to get another record player for Christmas. I even have a birthday song that is on a flexi-disc of all things that my father has played for me every birthday and still does to this day. Records have always been a big part of my life, so I wanted to contribute to making them a part of other people’s lives.

2. What format(s) do you release music on?

So far I have released 3 flexi-discs and I have done a lathe cut record that wasn’t released to the public. My next thing up is PHIL004 which will be a true vinyl release with all the bells and whistles. I’d love to do a 78 rpm record, an LP, a cassette, reel-to-reel, maybe a cylinder… I want to try releasing anything and everything. Things that are playable and things that may just be collectible.

Conspiracy of Owls Flexi

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

I am very proud of the cover for the Conspiracy of Owls release. It is a picture I took of my son listening to records at Burger Records. The cover looks timeless and has a great filter on it to also make the viewer think that as well. Burger’s vintage headphones only add to the illusion (what is funny is that I have a photo of my daughter as a bumblebee on Halloween a few years back at Burger that is almost identical… I’m trying to figure out how to use it too).

I also love the test pressing cover that my son did for the Apple Brains release. He is 6 years old. The covers are very DIY and at the same time it was just fun. His ideas mixed with mine was just great. I can’t believe how well the Velvet Underground tribute cover came out. And the Apple Computers one is just cool. My favorite part of the handmade covers was how interested everyone was in them… and everyone had their own favorite. That is what made it successful.

My favorite song to this point is the newest release, which is the Gap Dream Flexi. The song is hypnotizing. I mean it is only the instrumental version of a B-side from the Burger 7 inch, but without the lyrics something happens, you know? It becomes a completely different song. You hear things you don’t on the regular release. I love it and have to thank Gabe for being interested in getting this song out there.

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(s)?

So far I have released stuff I like, but I am open to almost anything. I have a couple of artists that I am trying to release music with but would really like to put anything and everything out that is good. Good music needs to get out there. I love all kinds of music… from Bach to Thee Oh Sees and back again. But I also just love fun (just check out Apple Brains)! Music needs to be fun and exciting.

Apple Brains Flexi

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?

My first way of going after artists was via email. I would email them asking if they had any unreleased tracks they would be interested in putting out. I emailed until someone emailed back. I still do this. I have had a few bands send me songs via email as well, but I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and listen to them yet.

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

PHIL004 is going to be epic. With the quality of releases coming out from our small circle of independent labels I felt I needed to kick it up. The cover is beautiful and I have the HD version ready to go to print. It is by a Mexican artist named Ernesto Muniz who is very popular and continuing to gain notoriety. He sent me another image I will be using as an insert. The release will be another split with Burger Records (my buddies) and should help narrow down the artist for those interested in guessing. It’ll be an edition of 500 seven inch records (300 black and some surprises I dare not speak of yet).

I also might be doing some work with other labels (not telling yet… sorry) and there are a couple of bands who have recently contacted me about doing a flexi-disc.

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

At the moment I seem to be known as the guy that does flexis which is fine. They are fun. Might not be for the audiophile but flexis have a long history. They were originally used to pass around illegal, underground music. That is cool.

I just want to continue putting out records. I like records. But it is definitely a “gentlemen’s hobby.” I work, have a family, and am currently doing 10 other things at the same time as Philthy Phonographic Records.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc)?

http://philthyphonographic.blogspot.com/ is my blogspot where you can find updates and buy records.

Facebook is where I regularly post musical things happening in my world.

I have twitter as well but don’t use it even close to as much.

Gap Dream Flexi

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

Love Burger Records, Grimtale has pushed record collecting to a new level, Jett Plastic Recordings… I mean it’s run by 15 year old Jarrett… how cool is that!, Fat Elvis might have the coolest name and inspired me to do some very hands-on covers, Shed House inspired me to do some funky vinyl (wait for PHIL004) and I wished I could have bought those BADASS Natural Child insanity vinyl records, Infinity Cat Records, love Larry Hardy and In the Red (though it’s hard to call him small nowadays), Castle Face Records, Goodbye Boozy, love Trouble in Mind, Suicide Squeeze, HOZAC, Goner Records are the best, Hardly Art, Art Fag… I’m sure I’m forgetting a label I love because there are so many…sorry.

 

10. Anything else you would like to add?

Release something new Fat Elvis so I can buy it.
ed. – Soon! I promise!

Oh… I really want more LIKES on Facebook so tell all your friends.

Readers… send all your rare records my way. I will promise to give them a good home.

Ummm… what else. I took the photos for my first 3 covers and am thinking about moonlighting as a rock and roll photographer.

What else… I have my very own button maker… anyone want to make buttons? Contact me.

Did I say “I like records!”

Fat Elvis Supports…Shed House Records

Next up is Shed House Records! The new kid on the block, but they came out like dynamite! Some sick looking vinyl and an amazing test press package on top of that! They maybe new, but they should be running with the big dogs sooner than later!

Shed House logo1. When did you start your label and why did you do it?
I guess technically i started it in May of this year, but I have been talking about doing this for going on 5 years now. I have always had a passion for music and a great love for vinyl so i think that starting a label was inevitable for me. It just took me a little while to get off my ass and make it happen. I see this as a way to give back to the bands and the community that have been a big part of my life.

2. What format(s) do you release music on?
I release vinyl and that’s all. I have no interest in CD’s or tapes.

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?
I just put out the labels first release “Natural Child : Live in Birmingham” and I am definitely proud of how the release has been selling and more importantly how its being enjoyed by the folks who have bought it. The positive reviews and comments have made all the hard work worth it.

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(s)?
I am open to listening to a wide variety of musical styles and don’t want the label to be restricted by genres.

Shed House 001 Natutral Child Live in Birmingham Test Press Package

Shed House 001
Natutral Child Live in Birmingham
Test Press Package

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?
I pretty much just go to the shows of bands that I like and ask them if they are interested in doing something. So far it seems to be working. I have a few good recordings I am working on and am always trying to line more up.

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?
 Currently i am working on a live Dan Sartain release. I am really stoked about this one. When I first started talking about doing a label I told everyone that I was gonna put out a live Dan Sartain album and now almost 5 years later I am. I hope to have it out early next year.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?
The label is something I do for fun and not for big profits. So will I still be putting stuff out in 5-10 years? That is completely up to the people. As long as the label can sustain itself I will continue to put out releases. I put a lot of money into this first release, with a wife and 2 kids it was a big risk for us. I definitely cant afford to continuously put money into it but I plan on riding it out as long as I can. If I never put out another release I would be ok with that becauseIi at least gave it a shot.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc)?
Facebook is the easiest way to connect with people so I guess that’s what i am doing right now. There is always the website which I plan on keeping updated with important information on new releases and such.

Shed House 001 Natural Child Live In Birmingham

Shed House 001
Natural Child Live In Birmingham

9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?
Some of my favorite small labels are
Grimtale
Fat Elvis
CASS
Stencil Trash
JPR
Easy Rider
there are definitely more that seem to escape me now

10. Anything else you would like to add?
Head over to shedhouserecords.com and buy a copy of Natural Childs live lp & 7″ so I can continue putting out great releases for yall to spin