I know this stuff is supposed to happen behind the scenes. No business here. We are just regular guys who suddenly magically emerge as rock stars due to the demands of the screaming fans. Well, it’s just not how it works. We’ve gone at this pretty hard on our own now for a few years (3 1/2 to be exact) and now we’re ready to take the next step up. We’ve already had dozens of offers from managers and labels, but thus far, nothing in either realm has met our goals and needs. So, here we stand and here’s what we’re looking for. I wouldn’t expect that declaring this here will lead to results, but consider this our public-search declaration.
Manager – The primary thing we need here is connections. We’re looking for someone who has at least one act significantly bigger than us on their roster (or strong connections with bigger acts), and even more specifically, can help us get opening slots on shows and tours with bigger acts. We would also like someone with significant label-shopping experience (including a track record of success)!
Label – I would love for us to work out something with an indie label that I am personally a fan of. We’re not looking for massive advances, A&R guys buying us champagne, or low-rider limousines (I’d definitely take a low-rider limo though). We’re looking for a way to make making music sustainable. That sounds easy, but it really is not. Some of my favorite small-to-moderate labels: Team Love, Saddle Creek, Merge, Hardly Art, SpinArt, Darla, Jade Tree, Secretly Canadian, etc.
I just wanted to throw that out there. We’re in the pre-production phase of a new album now and we’re hoping to have this all sorted out before it’s complete. We’re happy to hear your thoughts. I know there is a myth about how great the music world is for truly DIY, independent acts and how you don’t need anyone to do this stuff for you, but it is indeed, in my opinion, a myth. I’d really like to see us be able to continue doing what we’re doing, but it’s becoming harder and harder to maintain forward momentum given the limits of what we can easily do ourselves.