What drove you to begin your own record label?
I've always been involved in music: working in small music stores, playing in bands, writing and recording. As I got deeper into the music scene, I saw an opportunity to become involved in a different aspect. I thought I could create a new type of label, paying homage to the struggling musician and re-promoting a band-centric business. I was lucky enough to have the backing and team to pull it off.
You've been running Manic Kat Records since 2009 now, what has been your most prided accomplishment since your beginning?
It's not easy to start any new business in this economy, and it is especially difficult to launch a record label in a music industry that is evolving at an exponential rate with the advent and growth of social media. Our most prided accomplishment is our persistent progress, our staff and artists that endeavor day in and day out to succeed and support each other. From our alumni bands to our up-and-comers, we are proud of every person who has made us what we are today.
What makes Manic Kat stand out above other independent record labels?
Obviously, since Manic Kat Records is our baby, we think there are a lot of things that make us stand out. First and foremost is our staff. We call ourselves the Manic Kat family, and we mean it. Every single person is here because they love the label and love the bands and want to see them succeed. Our bands are also part of the family, and there is nothing better than watching them support us and each other. Lastly, we have a "one-stop-shop" format with free recording, photography, and videography services available to the bands.
Your roster had six releases in 2016, what do you have in line for 2017?
2017 is already lining up to be one of the most exciting years yet for us at Manic Kat records. As of February, we are expecting 4 full length albums, 2 EPs, 3 singles, 6 music videos and inevitably more to pop up as the year progresses.
Are you expecting to add any new bands to the roster?
Our A&R reps are always scouting new talent, and we review artist submissions weekly with our team. We have a couple announcements already in the works (keep checking back at manickatrecords.com for the news!) and are always open for bands we feel would be a mutually beneficial addition to our family.
Do you have any advice for people who are looking to get signed? Even more specifically to your label?
At Manic Kat Records, we are looking for bands with the work ethic and dedication to succeed. All of our current bands are willing to invest the time and effort into crafting their band and brand, and are looking to take their music to the next level.