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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…Jett Plastic Recordings

When I started Fat Elvis Records, I was unsure what I was getting into. I have found it to be a blast! Not only am I releasing music by some of my favorite bands, but I have met several other people who have their own labels that release music for the same reason I am.

I wanted to give these other labels some support, and help with promoting them. I created a short questionnaire, and sent it to several of my favorite labels. I am going to post these questionnaires each week. I hope you are able to discover some great music released by these other labels.

First up is Jett Plastic Recordings. “Detroit Records Made Better”
1. When did you start your label and why did you do it?
I started Jett Plastic Recordings in mid-September 2012, but plans had begun earlier that year. The label became ‘Jett Plastic Recordings’, and I  secured my first release; an After Dark Amusement Park 7″. I pressed it on black vinyl and blue vinyl at Archer Record Pressing in Detroit, MI. A few months later, I released full length album by Detroit punk legend Bootsey X. I started my label to share my music taste and Detroit music with people all around the world.

2. What format(s) do you release music on?
I normally release 7″ records, but I am currently prepping the release of two more full length albums (along with some singles, of course!). In the near future, the label will also experiment with flexi-discs and a cassette! 7″ records are my favorite because of their simplicity, but LP’s are fantastic too. I especially like live LP’s because of their ability to capture a band in their true form. Studio stuff is sometimes too pure for me! I appreciate the grit in music!


3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of? 
Both releases have been extremely successful, and I am proud of them both. The colored versions of both records have all sold out, and I still listen to both on a regular basis. Getting the label started was difficult (because I’m only 15 and may be the youngest label owner in the Continental United States), but when it was under control it became exciting. Working with other labels on split releases is my favorite, because we can share/swap ideas with each other, along with bring new fans to each others labels!

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)?
As far as music is concerned, I can appreciate it all. I believe that if somebody believes in their music so much to the point where they put out a copy of it on vinyl, it deserves to be heard. I can even listen to rap music, as I can appreciate the artistic moments in it. I think that JPR is mainly a Rock/Punk/Garage label, but that could change at any time.


5.  How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing?
While beginning the label, I started talking to my friends in the music community and asked them if I could release their material. From there, I talked to some of my favorite Detroit bands and asked them to release something on my label. Most of them agreed, which was pretty cool of them to do since I’m a small Indie label. In the future, I’m hoping for more demo submissions. 😉

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?
Right now I have three 7″ singles in the works, two of which many people will have heard of, which are also splits with other labels. The third release will be the first release by a Detroit band, but I’m not quite ready to share the news…Also coming are (hopefully) two live LPs, a flexi disc, and a cassette! 2014 is going to be my oyster!

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?
I’m going to keep releasing records as long as I can. It’s a lot of fun for me, and it lets me put out my favorite music on records. I love turning others on to my musical tastes, too. I can say now that JPR-100 will be released in 2020.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label?
You can find out more about Jett Plastic Recordings at www.jettplasticrecordings.com! The label is also on Twitter (@jettplasticrecs), and you can email me at jettplasticrecordings@gmail.com!

9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?
Some of my other small Independent labels are: Fat Elvis Records, Grimtale Records, Burger Records, Philthy Phonographic Records, Infinity Cat Recordings, Urinal Cake Records, and Italy Records.