Knoxville News-Sentinel Features Fat Elvis Records!

It’s a big day! Fat Elvis Records was featured in today’s Knoxville News-Sentinel paper. It’s the first in-print interview for the label. You can read the article right here.

Thank you Heather Robinson!

 

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Fat Elvis Records Supports….Double Crown Records

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a few “new-to-me” record labels doing garage rock records. While searching for records from some of these labels, I found several more labels/distos that are doing these sort of releases. There are so many new-to-me bands and labels that are doing really great things. One of the labels I came across is Double Crown Records out of Belling ham, Washington.

Double Crown specializes in instrumental surf rock. I wasn’t really familiar with any of these bands, but I received a few releases from them by The Surfites, The Beechwoods, Boss Fink, and others. I hooked! Some really great music is being released by Double Crown. If you are looking to add some variety to your record collection, Check them out!

Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports….Double Crown Records!

936511_10151760044878930_1332928411_n1.When did you start your label and why did you do it?

Double Crown Records actually got it’s start as Continental Records in 1996. We put out 7″s by The Penetrators and Boss Martians, as well as a CD by The Del-Vamps, but then found that there were already a couple of other labels with the same name, so to avoid legal action, I changed the name to Double Crown Records. My wife, who was in beauty school at the time, had an old haircutting book from the early 1900’s that we thumbed through looking for interesting words and names that might be good for a record label name. We found a page that talked about haircutting techniques for people with a “double crown” – two crowns at the top of their head. It’s not common, but not entirely freakish as well. I knew all about Crown Records, the budget label from the 50’s and 60’s, and liked Crown Royal whiskey, so I thought it was perfect – Double Crown Records.

I live in Bellingham, WA and attended Western Washington University in the early 90’s. As someone new to town, I wanted to immerse myself in the local music scene, so I went to a few local shows and heard about a label called Estrus Records. I got their address and sent a self-addressed stamped envelope asking for a catalog. It was kind of odd I guess, since Estrus was also based in Bellingham, but they didn’t have a store, and I didn’t know their stuff was sold locally, so I got the catalog. It was a single sheet of paper – I think it had a few Mono Men releases, as well as a 7″ by The Phantom Surfers and a 12″ by Man Or Astro-Man? – “Destroy All Astro-Men”. I wasn’t big into surf music, but I was intrigued, and the cover art was amazing, so I bought the 12″. I got it a week or two later and was blown away – my world changed from that day on. I placed a second
order for everything else in the Estrus catalog, joined their vinyl “Crust Club” and was hooked. I soon grew to love surf, garage and rockabilly, and sought out stuff from labels like Estrus – Norton, Hillsdale, Dionysus, Telstar, etc.

Before doing the label I did a fanzine called “Hmmm…” which covered indie rock, but after diving into surf/garage rock, the focus of the magazine shifted. I was added to promo mailing lists of all sorts of labels – all of the labels I just mentioned, plus amazingly, major labels like Capitol and Elektra. This was just a photocopied fanzine, and I was getting tons of great records, everything from surf 7″s and CD’s, to fancy Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra box sets. Lots of great Beach Boys reissues as well. Anyway, I got sick of the name of the zine, and switched it to “The Continental” – it was named after a Frank Sinatra song, but also referred to a Christopher Walken sketch on Saturday Night Live. The first interview I did for the new magazine was with Dave Crider, head of Estrus Records and guitarist/singer in the Mono Men. It was really just a long chat that we had, at the sadly defunct 3-B Tavern, where we talked about the garage/surf scene, making records, Art Chantry, the Mono Men, etc. It was awesome – the best interview ever, and so influential on what I’ve done with the label and magazine ever since. It became clear that with all of the demos and music I was receiving for review, that I should really give the record label thing a shot. So I contacted the Penetrators to see if they wanted to do a 7″ and the rest is history…

Double Crown Surf Party Cassette2. What format(s) do you release music on?

Mainly CDs, but I like to do a vinyl release every other year at least. Last summer we released the “Double Crown Surf Party” compilation cassette, and there is another cassette release in the works. For listening and collecting, I like vinyl LP’s and 7″s the best, but I have no problem with CDs. Cassettes are fun too, although I have to admit I don’t have anything to play them on at the moment! Digital is fine too – I have a large music collection in iTunes, and just due to convenience I do most of my listening through iTunes or connected devices.

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

Most successful was the Penetrators’ “Locked & Loaded” CD – definitely sold more copies of that CD than any other Double Crown release. I can’t name just one release that I’m most proud of, but “Locked & Loaded” is definitely one of them. Just a combination of the music, the cover art and the working relationship, and friendship, I had with the band’s guitarist, Rip Thrillby, really made that my favorite release to work on. Rip did a bunch of the artwork for our early releases – he was to Double Crown what Art Chantry was to Estrus. There have been other great artists and graphic designers that I’ve worked with over the years though – Johnny Bartlett, Shag, Ferenc Dobronyi, Jonpaul Balak and Fred Lammers.

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?

Well, at this point Double Crown Records is probably the top instrumental surf rock label in the world, so I’m pretty much focused on releasing surf/instro rock at this point – it’s what customers and fans of the label expect at this point. I have tried other stuff in the past – rockabilly, blues/punk and vocal surf, but the bands broke up shortly after release and they didn’t sell very well. So I’m not too adventurous with the releases at this point. Having said that, there is quite a bit of variety within surf rock – some say it all sounds the same (including my wife!), but there is traditional 60’s surf, modern surf/punk, sci-fi surf, Euro instro, spaghetti western, surf/exotica and more. Lots of different sounds, and I try to feature them all on Double Crown.

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

Well at this point we’re closing in on 70 releases, and many bands on the label are working on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th releases. So the release schedule is often filled by current Double Crown bands working on releases, not leaving much room for new bands. However, sometimes a band will send something in that I listen to and just feel like I really have to add it to the label. The Del-Vipers CD was one that fit that category – I just felt that the label was missing a recent release that had the same sound and attitude of the mid-90’s surf rock scene, so that release fit that perfectly.

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

Lots of stuff in the works this summer – new CDs by The Madeira, The TomorrowMen, Boss Fink, The Volcanics and The Concussions. I’m also back to playing music myself – I’m in a band called “The Other Timelines” with Jonny Browning, who was Victor Vector in Man Or Astro-Man?, and also had an acclaimed surf combo in the 90’s called Jonny & The Shamen. Our first release, a 4 song EP, is coming out in August on three formats – 7″, CD-EP and cassette. The 7″ is the focus, but there will be bonus content on the CD and cassette formats.

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

I hope it’s still going in 5-10 years. Realistically, I kind of look at the five year window more than ten years – I just don’t know where things will be in ten years. However, I’m optimistic that things will continue as they are for the next 5 years. CD sales are down, but steady enough to make a little. Vinyl does good, but the cost of producing vinyl is so high
that breaking even is kind of the goal there. Since I don’t do the label as a primary source of income, I do have the freedom to do some releases where the goal is just to break even, but overall, I really look for each release to have enough profit to finance the next release.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label?

Definitely the Double Crown Records website – www.doublecrownrecords.com. However, I’d also invite people to pick up a copy of The Continental Magazine – it’s 40 pages filled with reviews, interviews and features, as well as a 20+ song CD included. For $6.95 a copy it’s a pretty sweet deal.

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

Lots of ’em – Estrus, Norton, Hillsdale, Ecco-Fonic, Hidden Volume, Dionysus, Sleazy, El Toro and Part Records are my favorite surf/garage/rockabilly labels. I like Daptone, Third Man and Matinee Records as well for non-surf stuff.

10. Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for giving me a chance to talk to you about Double Crown Records. It’s great that there’s so much enthusiasm out there for small labels and vinyl again – in some ways it feels a bit like it did back in the mid-90’s, when I first became involved with the scene. Good luck with your label and website – I wish you continued success in the future!

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Fantastic Negrito Cover Art

Here it is! The cover art for Fantastic Negrito’s Lost In A Crowd color vinyl 7″. Vinyl is expected to arrive in late July / early August. Hopefully there will be a pre-sale for the record sometime in early July. More details will be released then.

Thanks to Fistful Of Tigers for the wonderful design.

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FER Welcomes Fantastic Negrito!

Fat Elvis Records is proud to announce a new record will be released this summer by Fantastic Negrito!

That’s right! The recent winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest will be releasing a Limited Edition 7″ record on Fat Elvis Records later this summer! It’s not to be missed!

More details are coming soon! For now enjoy the winning submission of the NPR contest!

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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!

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!!