How to Start a Record Label from Your Bedroom: A Conversation with Funeral Sounds, Known Pleasure and Too Far Gone


One of the easiest ways to contribute to a music scene is to lay a friend’s demo to tape and upload the MP3s to Bandcamp. After a few hours at your tape deck, congratulations! You’ve got a record label! While that first step may be easy, things get exponentially more difficult and involved the more seriously you take things. Building a following, web design, promoting releases, sifting through submissions, dealing with packaging, networking, pressing vinyl and booking tours are all part of running an independent label, no matter the size. Fret not, aspiring labelhead, because for this ongoing segment, we asked some of the most exciting independent labels how to start a record label from your bedroom.

For the first installment of this feature, we talked with label founders Mark Garza (Funeral Sounds), Matt Brown (Known Pleasure) and Billy Philhower (Too Far Gone) about DIY ethics, the reemergence of physical media and…

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